August 28 2014

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Go, Giejo, Go



Things have taken off for Gabby Sabharwal since she launched her swimwear line, Giejo (after a childhood nickname coined by her mother), a year ago. Instead of participating in the hoopla of Miami Swim Week, the designer—who also maintains her full-time job in public relations—opted to show her new Spring ’14 collection several weeks earlier, in New York. The intimate presentation was held at Dagny + Barstow, the hip Bowery boutique that happened to be Giejo’s first stockist (other major retailers, including Barneys, Shopbop, Satine, and Creatures of Comfort, later followed D+B’s lead). The newest lineup boasted retro-inspired separates ($90 to $125) meant to be mixed and matched as desired. For instance, a polka-dot gingham bra top was shown with a high-waisted floral boy brief for a pinup look, but it can also be paired with a simpler bottom if you’re going for something more classic. Sabharwal debuted a small range of ready-to-wear and accessories, too, including graphic striped tanks and surf shorts, a cropped floral bomber jacket, and sweet headbands—all cut from the same waterproof materials, so you can quickly recover after, say, getting thrown into a pool. When asked about her growing collection, Sabharwal offered, “Whether it’s wearing a full-on bikini or just layering a bathing-suit top under a day dress during the week, Giejo is about bringing fashion to the beach.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Giejo

Kickin’ It With Swash


With all the black and white on the runway, the Fall ’13 collections are shaping up to be relatively print-free, but we’re not done with punchy patterns just yet. Since launching in 2004, London-based label Swash has become known for its quirky, whimsical, and completely original hand-drawn prints. Designed by Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka, the line’s Spring range, which is based on the idea of a “May Day extraordinaire,” features a colorful mishmash of faded carousels, Maypoles, Victorian jelly castles, and Marie Antoinette coifs. Swash planted its pretty Spring pictures on everything from jumpsuits to ladylike blouses and skirts. But those who want to explore a more subtle sartorial fairy tale (head-to-toe illustration isn’t for everyone) might want to check out Swash’s latest collaboration. For the first time, the designers have teamed up with footwear label Animas Code to turn out a collection of printed satin slippers and mules. “We have always felt the slipper is a perfect canvas for Swash prints,” say the designers, who note that the collaboration with Animas Code will be long-term. In fact, in addition to launching a new swim collection in May, Swash is working on more collaborative kicks for Fall ’13. Looks like the season might have a few playful prints after all.

Swash x Animas Code will be available this month at Dagny + Barstow in New York.

Dagny + Barstow On The Bowery


Once home to Lenny Kravitz’s rock star lounge Kos, 264 Bowery has a new tenant. Tomorrow, Dagny + Barstow, the downtown shop formerly nestled in a pop-up on Gansevoort Street, will officially open for business. Owned by college pals Meredith Blank and Emily Titelman, the store aims to offer style-savvy New Yorkers something a little different. “We were getting frustrated seeing the same exact labels everywhere. There’s so much more out there, so we wanted to bring a new crop of designers into the city,” says Blank.

The store, which Blank notes retains the original brick wall, bar, and chandelier from the Kravitz days, is named for Dagny Taggart, the stern railroad executive in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, and Barstow, California, the desert city where Johnny Depp starts to get a little (ahem) crazy in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “Dagny’s just an amazing character because she’s aloof and tough as nails. We really liked associating our store with that,” says Titelman.

After traveling between London and Paris, as well as stalking international style blogs, the proprietors have curated an impressive stock list, featuring the likes of print mavens Swash London, British bag designer Sophie Hulme, and Dévastée. Local brands like Kaelen, Timo Weiland, and hat designer Satya Twena are also well represented in the boutique, with prices ranging between $100 and $1,500. Just to make sure there’s something for everyone, the duo has collaborated with Reason Clothing to bring vintage items to the shop and they have plans to launch their own line next season.

In keeping with the Bowery’s creative history, the store, which is not only caddy corner to the New Museum and across from Sperone Westwater Gallery but was also featured in Berenice Abbott’s 1935 photograph Tri-Boro Barber School, will have an art slant. Dagny + Barstow has collaborated with to offer a range of modestly priced prints and original works by up-and-coming artists. “This is such an exciting time for the Bowery,” says Blank. “There are so many wonderful galleries, shops, and restaurants and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Dagny + Barstow, 264 Bowery, NYC, (212) 675-2346.

Photo: Greta Titelman