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An American flag and worn wooden armoire get the message across that Duo, started by two Minnesota-born sisters, is an homage to both the past and patriotism. The store favors emerging local designers who produce in the U.S., as well as vintage staples like a flannel-lined khaki anorak and brown leather ankle boots.
We've always loved Dolce Vita for wedges and booties that don't cost much but look like they do. Now, with a new location (not yet open at press time), its steadily expanding line of apparel (silk printed blouses, A-line skirts, cozy knit ponchos) is becoming a budget-friendly force in its own right.
First you spot the red suede pumps. Then you spy the Karen Walker sunglasses. Next you get to a shelf with Collina Strada clutches and over there, you see an ivory pintucked top. Then it hits you: This store is like getting trapped inside a giant closet owned by the coolest girl ever.
Australian designer Emma Fletcher brings Tocca's ready-to-wear line back to life with a collection of proper lacy blouses, high-waisted silk scalloped shorts and woolly double-breasted swing coats that are sold alongside the brand's much-beloved beauty line.
Adorable mini striped tees and tulle tutus only momentarily distract from this year-old shop's feature attraction: Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires' eponymous line of tailored wool trousers and Aran knit sweaters for grown-ups.
Buy one of the eco-friendly ikat blankets, futuristic digital Nooka watches or cashmere sweaters from Lunalba and a hundred percent of the profits will go to a children's nonprofit. Not that you'll need an excuse.
Breeze into this teeny studio-slash-store and you'll likely find the designer intently at work, stretching and stitching sumptuous leather, Mongolian horsehair and intricate textiles into her line of ubiquitous bullet bags and satchels.
The whacked-out green-and-yellow-painted walls might suggest otherwise, but this consignment mecca packs a serious stockpile of high- end, gently used designer everything. Recent spottings include a pebbled Chanel wallet and a sharp-shouldered leather Balmain jacket that we maybe wore around the store for an hour.
Vendors can be a bit surly (we saw one of them eject a shopper for snapping photos). But there’s a huge variety of treasures here, like the feather caps at Dipo’s African Market and almost-new clothes, such as a cheetah-print cardigan by Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony.
Retail news for the New York City area.From the June 2010 New York City regional newsletter.