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Shopping for pretend: the new Kirna Zabete store


I go way back with the ladies of Kirna Zabete: Beth Buccini and I worked at New York magazine together in the 90s, and I met her partner Sarah Easley the summer the store was gearing up to open 14 years ago. The two of them remind me very much of this 1964 Vogue photo of interior designers Mica Ertegun and Chessy Rayner: two chic women of exactly one mind. Except where Ertegun and Rayner were all clean, minimal lines, Easley and Buccini are a nonstop mad tea party of brights, prints, and as many accessories as their outfits will bear. It is not an exaggeration to observe that on any given day, between the two of them, their outfits have got every shade on the color wheel represented. I love them for this.

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It is very easy to spend a great deal of money very fast at their new, behemoth store on Broome street. Like for instance, I’m loving the black, red and white on this Japanese-style floral print from Thakoon.

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And I’m dying for this  leopard print and polka dot fantasia.

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I almost can’t even bear to look at this blanket jacket, I love it so much.

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A complicated shape to pull off, to be sure. But I love the pink-on-red tweed, and the leather trim drives me mad with desire.

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With tights, boots, and a sweater, this would be aces.

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Posted on August 6th, 2013 8 Comments

8 Responses

  1. Tamara says:

    I am nit even going to click and look at the prices. I’m just going to enjoy the photos. I’m trying to stop imagining the red dress over leather leggings and my new motorcycle boots…

  2. KimFrance says:

    Very good instinct.

  3. c.w. says:

    Blanket jacket I would wear every day. Everything else…not so much. But the store does intrigue me so I’ll add it to my list!

  4. c.w. says:

    I lied. I just looked at the blanket jacket on the model and I would never ever wear it. Oy and Egad. Makes such a difference to see something on even if it isn’t on yourself.

    • Viajera says:

      I know, but, I think the problem is the pants/leggings the model is wearing, not so much the sweater. The sweater looks pretty good. Those leggings are too sausage-y, even on the model. Yikes. I think they should re-shoot that photo.

  5. AshEis says:

    Didn’t know I needed polka dots on my leopard prints until today. I’m smitten!

  6. Viajera says:

    The ones I looked at were made here in the US, so that’s good. Jobs and what-not. Gotta love it.

  7. Dawn says:

    I simply adore your posts each day!