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Perhaps it was a case of holiday spirit goggles, but there was something a bit Santa-at-the-workshop about Philip Crangi on Saturday: There were the rolled-up sleeves of his red tartan shirt, the engineer-stripe apron, and, of course, his glorious beard. (He just called it “butch drag.”) The jewelry designer spent the day at his new store, The Crangi Family Project, for a grand opening-cum-holiday event. The name isn’t just an affectation. “We did everything in here ourselves,” said Crangi, from the skeletal tin flowers on display, the forest-hued velvet walls, and the black pressed-tin ceiling, cobbled together by Philip, his sister and business partner, Courtney, and a host of hardworking friends.
Crangi took up his post at an anvil in the corner—dragged from the Garment District to its new home in the Meatpacking—to provide gratis stamping service for customers. (“It’s heavy,” he deadpanned.) He reported that the tiny space had seen a steady stream of visitors, including some industry friends: On Saturday, Joseph Altuzarra was there with his business partner Coline Choay, and Vena Cava‘s Lisa Mayock turned up to say hello and scoop up some holiday gifts. Names and initials jotted on a notepad were handed to Crangi as he dutifully personalized his signature Railroad Spike and Pied-de-Biche cuffs and rings. One customer even asked for the entire refrain to a song. “Oh, we have to call her back,” he said gravely. Even Santa has his limits.
If you’re a fashion diehard based below the Mason-Dixon, chances are your go-to boutique is Capitol, Laura Vinroot Poole’s ten-year-old Charlotte institution. She specializes in cherry-picking key pieces from the season’s top collections. For Fall, think Balmain jackets, Dries Van Noten’s brightly hued separates, and dramatic gowns from Olivier Theyskens’ final season at Nina Ricci. Vinroot Poole also champions up-and-coming designers. Her select this season: Joseph Altuzarra for his collection of body-con dresses and sexy thigh-high boots.
Any items with wait lists?
LVP: Proenza Schouler’s P.S.1 bag, Balmain’s pagoda-shoulder jacket, everything from Alaïa, and Golden Goose trainers.
What do you anticipate will be your biggest sellers?
LVP: Altuzarra (particularly his thigh-high boots and any of the lavender pieces), Givenchy, Rodarte, Nicholas Kirkwood, The Row, and Vanessa Bruno.
How are shoppers buying differently now from a year ago?
LVP: Certainly, clients are more careful and have scaled back their purchases somewhat, but most buying patterns here are the same as they’ve ever been. Each piece must be thoughtfully woven into a customer’s wardrobe and must tell an evolving story about her life. Items are typically all purchased for specific occasions.
Which new lines are you excited about?
LVP: Altuzarra, Nina Ricci handbags, and Devi Kroell’s RTW line.
Is there anything you saw on the runway that you knew you had to have?
LVP: Dries Van Noten’s collection based on the colors from Francis Bacon’s works are perfect for sunny North Carolina…the colors were glorious! Balenciaga’s long-sleeve cocktail dresses were lovely and appropriate for the South—beautiful and sexy, yet well-mannered. I was crazy over Jeremy Laing’s Flame tunics. The collection was inspired by a trip to Charlotte (NASCAR country) and a private tour of Hendrick Motorsports. I’m also excited for Olivier Theyskens’ last collection for Nina Ricci. We’ve carried him from his original collection under his own name, then to Rochas, and on to Nina Ricci. He is exceedingly talented and I will follow him wherever he lands next!
Click to see a slideshow of Vinroot Poole’s top fall picks.