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12 posts tagged "Recessionista"

Recessionista: Jenna Lyons Is Sharpie Sighted


What: An art-world version of a beloved real-world staple: the Sharpie marker re-created by brand-subverting artist Tom Sachs.

Why: Because even though it’s more than you’re used to spending on a permanent marker, it’s far less than you’d spend on art. “[It’s] the closest that most of us will get to the art world, with a practical application. And it’s cool,” says J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, who is well versed on affordable luxury.

Where: $12, .

Recessionista: Lulu For Less


What: Lulu Frost’s new collection of charm-centric jewelry for Urban Outfitters, called Secret Garden by Lulu Frost, which hits stores today.

Why: Because a price range that starts at $18 and tops out at $48 is an utterly, er, charming way to get a bauble from the talented designer who helps Chris Benz and Alexander Wang accessorize. (The long charm necklace pictured here goes for $38.)

Where: An Urban Outfitters near you or .

Photo: Courtesy of Lulu Frost

Recessionista: Jessie Randall’s Baby Shoe Bonanza


What: Pearl River’s impossibly cute, cotton indigo baby shoes, printed with a sweet floral, that keep little ones economically chic for just $6.50.

Why: “[Because] they’re adorable, unique, and so inexpensive. My twin boys get compliments on them all the time,” says Loeffler Randall designer Jessie Randall, who knows a thing or two about great shoes. Also, because babies always seem to be losing their footwear.

Where: Pearl River Mart, 477 Broadway, NYC, (212) 431-4770, .

Recessionista: Truffles For The Price of Ruffles


What: Truffle tiles, by Choxie, with an artisanal level of detail, at a mass retailer price—$5 for a tray of eight

Why: Because you can effortlessly fool the guests at your holiday fête with these screen-
printed treats in nouveau flavors like jasmine tea and chili limon. They’ll have no idea you scooped them up while shopping for mouthwash and shampoo.


Photo: Nicola Kast

Recessionista: Philip Crangi’s (Almost) Free Lunch


What: The BLT on white from Guru’s Deli & Grocery, just downstairs from Crangi’s Garment District studio

Why: Because a working lunch for a talented up-and-comer shouldn’t bust the budget. Says Crangi, “Not only is it amazing, it’s only $3.50!”

Where: Guru’s Deli & Grocery, 155 W. 29th St., (212) 967-7217

Photo: Nicola Kast