Robert C. “Bobby” Garnett 3rd, founder and owner of the renowned Bobby from Boston vintage store, died May 19 of end-stage renal failure, according to his daughter Jessica Garnett Carrion. He was 66.
The shop that he opened 20 years ago was a go-to spot for designers, costume designers, wardrobers and nostalgia buffs, who scoured the store for one-of-a-kind treasures. Bobby from Boston, now located on Thayer Street in the city’s South End, is “an inspiring place,” according to designer and Boston native Joseph Abboud. “It is an amazing store. I’d always visit it when I’m in Boston — it’s very cool.”
The store has provided costumes for over 50 movies including “Mermaids,” “The Departed” and “A Bronx Tale,” and Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford have been spotted in the shop, according to several stories written on the company over the years.
Although the store also carries women’s wear, it is best known for men’s apparel and accessories. There is also an extensive warehouse in Lynn, Mass., that is filled with overflow merchandise.
Garnett’s daughter, who has worked with her father in the business since 1998, said he had always been a business owner and had operated a vintage men’s and women’s store called Strutters before opening Bobby from Boston. At one point, she said, Strutters operated units on Newbury Street in Boston, Provincetown and Allston, Mass., and Montreal. “He’d been in the business for over 40 years,” she said.
Her daughter, Jasmyn Garnett, is also involved in the store, and worked with her grandfather to merchandise the emporium. Her husband, Rafael Carrion, is also involved, she said, and repairs the vintage leather goods in the store.
In addition to his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, Garnett is survived by a grandson, Justin Carrion; his mother Sylvia Garnett; brother, Wayne, and nieces Margaret and Michelle Garnett.
A memorial celebration is being planned for July. The family will meet mourners on May 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home, 89 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, Mass.