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The 411: Wendy Nichol


Wendy-NicholIn the six years since launching her eponymous brand, Wendy Nichol has established herself as the architect par excellence of a very particular style aesthetic—one that could be affectionately described as “rough-around-the-edges witchy bohemian.” What began as a tightly edited jewelry line carried at Barneys quickly grew to include leather goods and ready-to-wear, not to mention two downtown retail addresses. Besides courting many a style-proficient New York woman, Nichol has also graced us with such accessory milestones as the spike-coned hoops; the mix-and-match pyramid studs; the much-loved hand-tooled and tasseled leather bullet bag; and the feather hair extension (the short-lived trend went global, but you could easily argue that Nichol was in the vanguard). The designer herself abides by a decidedly low-maintenance beauty credo—”My favorite salon is my bathroom; I cut my own hair, I cut my family’s hair, and I will cut your hair too if you let me”—but there are a few staples she can’t live without. Read on below.

The Skincare Secret: La Mer
“Every day I wear Crème de la Mer eye cream and face cream because it’s healing and extremely moisturizing. And the wand that comes with the eye cream is super genius.”
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The Complexion Correctors: Double Trouble
“I love Biologique Recherche PV 50 Lotion for keeping the pores clean and toned. And Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross is amazing—it’s a quick treatment that I only use once or twice a week but the results are incredible. These two products are equivalent to smooth skin.”
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The Passport-Not-Required Escape: Martha’s Vineyard
“Last summer I stayed in Martha’s Vineyard on Squibnocket Beach at a beautiful house built in the early 1900s. The private beachfront is located below a cliff and at a point of the land where the Native Americans would overlook the ocean waiting for whales. You have to learn the rhythm of the ocean with its high and low tide. It is by far one of the most enchanting places I have ever been.”
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The Vintage Haunts: North of the Border
“I love to visit my hometown of Toronto to find vintage scores. I go to Kensington market in Chinatown, which has a great vibe, live music, coffee shops—all very gritty but layered with many great vintage shops. Two of my favorite ones are Courage My Love and House of Vintage.”
Courage My Love, 14 Kensington Ave., Toronto, (416) 979-1992; House of Vintage, 1239 Queen St., W. Toronto, (416) 535-2142.

The Local Eateries
“For the best Soho dining room experience I like Omen; always a fabulous crowd, with no attitude. Menu favorites are the Omen noodles and sea bass. Then Frankies on Court Street in Brooklyn, where I live, is my first choice for an amazing Italian meal—I always order the cavatelli, fennel salad, and wine-soaked prunes for desert.”
Omen, 113 Thompson St., NYC, (212) 925-8923; Frankies Spuntino, 457 Court St., Brooklyn, (718) 403-0033.

The Healthy Snacks
“Chobani yogurt from the Chobani store in Soho—olive oil and cucumber is my favorite. And also Juice Press! There are locations near both of my stores so it’s become an addiction. My favorites are the Heaven on Earth smoothie and Love at First Sight green juice.”
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