• March 5, 2014 / 1:00pm |

    When I enter a vintage store, it usually takes me about five seconds to know whether my experience is going to be a bust or a bonanza. I recently tried to put my finger on how I come to that snap conclusion. Right when I walk in a joint, I scan the racks for favorable […]

  • February 28, 2014 / 2:00pm |

    My North London neighbor’s blue home really stands out among the rows of white houses. Pip Rau is a true world traveler and an expert of Central Asian textiles. She recently closed her store in Islington and now sells a unique and stunning selection of Central Asian jewelry, tribal artifacts, and decorative textiles from her […]

  • February 27, 2014 / 10:00am |

    I haven’t missed Nashville much since arriving in Brooklyn in early January. Perhaps that’s because there are so many things that remind me of home. My friend, the singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, is the loveliest and most stylish of these prompts. Though she’s a native of Alabama and has spent much of her adult life in […]

  • February 19, 2014 / 11:00am |

    During show season, whenever I see a designer collection that I love, my internal fashion Rolodex starts spinning as I try to remember anything similar I already own. That’s what happened last Thursday when I cued up the Marc Jacobs presentation. While I’d have been content to sit gaping over the set, with its blanket […]

  • January 31, 2014 / 1:00pm |

    In a city that has experienced massive expansion and development in recent years, Toronto’s Kensington Market remains a neighborhood in the true sense of the word, not just some condo dealer’s fictitious creation. It has also proven remarkably resistant to change. Aided by strong community activism, Kensington has fended off numerous attempts by big-box retailers […]

  • January 6, 2014 / 10:00am |

    Readying for my trip to Miami over New Year’s, I knew there was a need to plan activities for potential rainy days. Lucky I did, as the last day of the year brought heavy rain and very gray skies. On my list was a visit to C. Madeleine’s, an amazing 10,000-square-foot vintage emporium in North […]