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Kirna ZabĂȘte Grows Up, and Out

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Kirna Zabete's new store

After fourteen years in their cozy, pink Greene Street store, Kirna Zabête‘s Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley have packed up shop and moved to 477 Broome Street. “We’ve always had the same mission, to sell the most important designers of today and tomorrow, and we just didn’t have space for all of them,” said Easley. “And we were 26 years old when we first moved into that space,” added Buccini. “We’ve grown up, and our tastes have evolved.”

But they haven’t grown up too much—and thank goodness for that. Since it first opened in 1999, Kirna Zabête—its name is derived from the owners’ nicknames—has been known not only for offering a diverse selection of established brands (like Balenciaga, Lanvin, Givenchy, and the like) and hot up-and-comers (Anthony Vaccarello and Wes Gordon among them) but also for its quirky, playful sensibility. This carries over to the new 10,000-square-foot space, which, designed by Steven Gambrel, is what Easley describes as “glamorous Dr. Seuss, but chic.” Having opened on June 20, the Broome Street boutique, which boasts Dorothy Draper-esque black-and-white floors and bright fuchsia pillars, just received its finishing touches (like the six 5-foot-tall chandeliers) this week. As shoppers walk in, they’re confronted with the proprietresses’ favorite bit—a wall of clever phrases, like “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn,” in neon lights. “When you are buying really expensive clothes, you should feel good about it. You should be having a great time,” said Buccini. “So we did our warm, wacky wall of neon lights—the phrases are just funny things that register with us.” Also on their wordy wall is a phonetic spelling of the store’s name. Apparently, after almost a decade and a half of dressing tastemakers worldwide, the pronunciation still gets butchered on a daily basis. “We’ve heard it all,” said Buccini with a laugh. Continue Reading “Kirna ZabĂȘte Grows Up, and Out” »

Buying Old Stuff In A New, Improved Way

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The e-tailing juxtaposition of very old and very new is, well, not new. Vintage obsessives have been trawling eBay since two crashes ago, but the latest news on the front comes from Bluefly.com and Yoox.com. The former is teaming up with fine jewelry buyer CIRCA for a 48-hour sale, starting at 6 a.m. on June 8, when bargain hunters can buy heirloom and estate pieces from Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, and Van Cleef for less without leaving their desks. How much less? A Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace worth $4,900 goes for $3,920. Or you could snag a Cartier Love bracelet, originally $3,850, for $3,080. The one slightly strange throwback is that though you can see the jewelry on your Mac, orders will only be taken by phone from a real live human being, reportedly well trained in customer service. (Now there’s an idea so old it’s new again.) Meanwhile, this Thursday, Yoox.com is having a dual debut of its new iPhone app and an impressive cache of Pucci—always a smart vintage buy in my opinion—dresses, scarves, jewelry, and swimwear.

YSL Finds The Money

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Touted as the sale of the century, the auctioning off of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s impressive private collection of boldfaced art world names—Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, and the rest of Art History 101—did not disappoint. Bidders spent $264 million, which really puts the price of a few Muse handbags into perspective. [WSJ]


Now that Kate Winslet has won Oscar gold, the next step is to pose for Playboy. C’mon, Kate. Everyone’s doing it. And by everyone we mean Sharon Stone and Pamela Anderson. So there’s your answer. [The Sun]


A mere two days before its scheduled appearance, Just Cavalli cancels its runway show, one of the first of Milan fashion week. Sad for Cavalli, not so sad for jet-lagged editors. [WWD]


In case you missed it, Jennifer Love Hewitt turned 30. Her celebration? Dressing up like Holly Golightly, going to Starbucks, getting a croissant, and posing for pictures outside of Tiffany’s. Naturally. [People]

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