A Quirky New Shop That’s “Quintessentially Tucker”-------
Tucker’s first store literally rose from the ashes. “The fire happened on a Saturday in late July,” designer Gaby Basora tells Style.com. “And even though the studio was completely destroyed, everyone was back at work on Monday—albeit at various locations around the city.” Though the disaster might have wrecked her studio, the New York-based designer behind the easy-breezy line, beloved by Hollywood starlets like Jessica Biel, Liv Tyler, and Cameron Diaz, didn’t let it burn her hopes of opening her first store.
On Friday, Basora, who originally launched her line at Barneys in 2006, will open the doors of her new shop (also home to her new design studio and salesroom) on West Broadway, joining the likes of Isabel Marant, VPL, and, next year, Stella McCartney. Of the 2,000-square-foot space, complete with “architectural quirks” like skylights, stained glass, and tin ceilings, she says, “It’s quintessentially Tucker. I worked with Lithe Sebesta to pull together vintage mannequins and mirrors with a gorgeous patina—we reupholstered antique furniture in Indian textiles and archived Tucker prints.”
You’ll also find plenty of signature Tucker prints (some of them exclusive to the store) on the racks displaying her full collection ($100 to $600), including the floaty blouses she made her name on and double-breasted silk print jackets. Aside from the Basora-designed offerings, there’s a selection of Dashwood Books, leather belts by Golden Bear, shoes from Jerome C. Rousseau, and jewelry from Alyssa Norton and Melissa Joy Manning. Soon to join the mix: fitness gear. “I ran the New York Marathon this year and hated my outfit,” she says. “Stay tuned for Tucker’s take on sportswear in the coming year.” And though she doesn’t have set plans for her next bricks-and-mortar shop, she’s thinking, “Elizabeth Street in London, Buenos Aires, Paris…just to start.”
Tucker, 355 West Broadway, NYC, (212) 938-0811.