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Store Highlight: Nolita Women’s

  • We always enjoy visiting our Nolita women’s shop, located just across the street from our men’s store, because it gives us an excuse to loiter at some of our favorite cafes and window shop along the way. Shop Manager and Assistant Manager Frances and Shana talk about what it’s like to work in the neighborhood.

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    What do you like most about the Nolita Women’s store and the neighborhood in general?

    Shana: Both Nolita shops have a unique charm. Because both shops are small, we really have the opportunity to get to know our customers. We get a mix of tourists, but people also live here. It’s a little bit away from Broadway, so it has a calmer vibe, which is really nice.

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    What are some of items that customers are into right now?

    Frances: In addition to our own line, shoppers here also love handbags by Clare Vivier and jewelry from Blanca Monrós Gómez, and Jerry Grant. The Clare Vivier messenger is appealing because it’s a really versatile bag that can be worn crossbody, over the shoulder, or slung over the arm. It fits a lot, bit it’s not too structured so it doesn’t look bulky.  People really like our Lilly bag as well, because it can go from day to night and is small but functional. As far as clothing, the SA prints on shirting and dresses are always great, as are Demy Lee‘s super soft cashmere pieces. The Jonathan sweater has been really popular because it’s a bit oversized, so it looks good on most body types. We’re also almost sold out of the Daryl K Chelsea boot.

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    Shana: Our  liberty print this season is great because a lot of people are unsure of it at first, but once they try it on they realize that it provides the right pop of color. I think it’s a nice balance.  Our SA winter accessories like the cashmere beanies, leather gloves, and glittens have done really well because they really do keep you warm, but are still cute. The Swedish Hasbeens clogs and clog boots do really well for the same reason. Objects Without Meaning denim is another favorite.

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    What are you really excited about this season?

    Frances: I’m really excited for the jumpers that are coming out this Spring. Especially the all-plaid version! It has a really cool vintage, yet refreshingly modern feel to it. I’m also excited for the new Sessun Spring collection. The pieces are really wearable and have a bit of edge.

    Shana: I really like our pajama top. I actually wear them with my jeans and skirts. I think they’re so sexy. In terms of jewelry, Mociun. The pieces are unique and cool, but still timeless and beautiful.

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    What are some neighborhood spots you frequent?

    Frances: I like walking down Mulberry Street, and going to Grey Dog for really good food. There are a lot of unique little shops around here to while away an afternoon. McNally Jackson is a go-to for reading material – you can easily spend an hour or two browsing the great selection of books and magazines. They also have readings, speakers, and a great little cafe if you can snag a table.

    Shana: I like Crosby Street. The cobblestone is really charming, and I love Hampton Chutney for the dosas. It’s sophisticated, Indian fast food. There’s a great mix of shops, which gives it a unique character. Cafe Gitane is an institution around here. We’re always craving their avocado toast and spicy moroccan olives with oranges. If we’re really hungry, the chicken parm sandwich at Torrisi is pretty amazing.

    Many thanks to Frances and Shana! You can visit them at 229 Elizabeth Street.

    This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 5:54 pm and is filed under In the Neighborhood, Photos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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