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Second Time Around

Second Time Around, Westport

6 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
135 Post Road East, Westport

This is a consignment store with a cushy downtown location. You don’t have to drive to a weird strip mall or exert any kind of shopping energy other than just, like, going there. Which gives ones shopping excursion a lovely continuity. But wait - there’s more. The Westport store has an events calendar so busy it’s amazing they have time to sell clothes. But they do. So many, in fact, most high-end designer pieces bypass the floor and go straight to “Wish List” customers. So you have to exert all your conserved energy putting your name on a Wish List. Don’t complain: it’s worth it.

Although STA is a chain, its inventory reflects the town in which it resides, with samplings of almost every designer from neighboring stores. The cache includes the girly triumvirate Milly, Nanette Lepore, and Cynthia Steffe (Lucy’s), Lilly Pulitzer (Splash of Pink), Theory (Mitchell’s), J. Crew, Talbot’s, BCBG.. you get the idea. The store is tightly managed, with tear-outs of outfit suggestions and “Selecting an Outfit to Flatter Your Skin Tone” articles in the dressing rooms.

Accessories include Prada and Gucci handbags, Manolos and Sigerson Morrison sandals. A small men’s section (from Robert’s) is in the waaayyy back, along with a clearance rack from which I purchased a Nieves Lavi dress for $43 (regularly $300-400.)

Special discounts are offered almost daily and painstakingly reported on Facebook and Twitter (making me realize the extent to which the rr.com Facebook page is lame.) The store regularly hosts charity functions and showcases rising clothing and jewelry designers, such as Renee du Mar and Polly Akers.

Robin’s note: Alex McCord of Housewives attended the Westport opening last year, which is so cringe-inducing it makes my feet sweat.

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Consignment     Fashion     Greenwich     Westport    
Monday, March 28, 2011 • Permalink

Then Again

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993 Post Road, Westport

Tidy and well-edited, this store isn’t fabulous yet, but seems promising.

Robin’s note: I’m a believer in consignment shops insofar as you can buy an aspiration piece you couldn’t otherwise afford (monetarily or psychologically.) But a used Liz Claiborne sweater? Pfft.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 35+ who don’t want to pay full price. Obviously.

Their specialty: Suits.

What you should buy: The lone Missoni, if you can make it fit.

What you may not know but should: It has a few well-priced high-end pieces, including the lone Missoni and an Emanuel Ungaro.

Consignment     Fashion     Westport    
Monday, March 21, 2011 • Permalink

Darien Sport Shop

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1127 Post Road, Darien
Seemingly conservative yet surprisingly chic, the DSS carries a little something special for every one of its moneyed clientele: from toys to Tahari, nautical wear to “Not Your Daughters” jeans.

Robin’s note: I assumed this would be another sportswear wasteland; I was pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated selection.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 30-80 who are active, tasteful, and rich.

Their specialty: Ruffled cardigans from various labels, between $325-400.

What you should buy:  A camel Susan Monaco dress – casual and elegant.

What you may not know but should: The jewelry is lovely—conservatively trendy—and well-priced, starting around $30. http://www.dariensport.com

Fashion     Darien    
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 • Permalink

Faye Kim Designs

Faye Kim Designs, Westport

190 Main Street, Westport

What initially attracted me to Faye Kim Designs was its proximity to my favorite coffee shop, Cocoa Michelle. The idea of sipping a cappuccino while perusing jewelry was too beautiful to resist. I discovered her jewelry is, as well, too beautiful to resist. I’ve rearranged my wish list several times, wavering between substantial link necklaces of varying lengths with bright turquoise pendants and white pearl pendants, gold hoop earrings, and thick chain bracelets.

Previously a fine jewelry buyer for Bergdorf Goodman, Faye’s aesthetic reflects that of esteemed sybaritic stalwart. Her gold pieces are primarily 22K, created using ancient and modern techniques, giving them a chic Romanesque feel.

Even though my wishes exceed my current jewelry budget, I’m always welcomed with a friendly smile and inquiry as to the well-being of my offspring instead of the “Oh, great, here’s the cheapskate who wastes our time” look of disdain (which I appreciate almost as much as the candy bowl.)

Robin’s note: Yes, there’s a candy bowl full of chocolate and dum-dums, making it easy to shop there with children in tow. I suspect if more jewelry stores had candy bowls, we’d all own more jewelry.

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Fashion     Westport    

Wish List

Wish List, Darien

606 Post Road East, Westport
350 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
1101 Boston Post Road, Darien

WARNING: Sensory Overload. This store, packed with toys, clothes, candy and every cutesy gewgaw on the planet, left me with a hangover the next day. But as I waded through the morass, I found some great pieces.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Teenagers, women who want to dress like teenagers, and very patient shoppers.

Their specialty: Tight pants, loose tops, and stretchy fabric apparel.

What you should buy: Vince sweaters and white blouses, great affordable tunics and party dresses during in spring/summer.

What you may not know but should: The Greenwich store carries a special line of JL Rock designer jewelry, including gold-plated snake bracelets, chunky gold-plated rings, and signature white gold and diamond earrings. Word is, the Wish List owners and JL Rock are tight, so the prices are better than what you’d find at other stores.
http://www.shopwishlist.com

Fashion     Darien     New Canaan     Westport    
Monday, March 14, 2011 • Permalink

Lacoste

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98 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

If you like lizards on your clothes, you’ll love this store.

Robin’s note: I suspect their fit model is a pre-pubescent teenager.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Teens to mid-40s looking for casual clothes.

Their specialty: Polo shirts.

What you should buy: Easy casual dresses.

What you may not know but should: Lacoste (named after tennis champion René Lacoste) is the first label to put the brand name—or, in this case, emblem—on the outside of their garments.
http://www.lacoste.com

Fashion     Greenwich    

Scoop

Scoop, Greenwich

283 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

The clothes are amazing, fashion-fast-forward. But they hang “cheap” tees next to the $381 tee. That’s “tee” as in t-shirt. $381. It almost gave me a heart attack on the way to the dressing room.

Robin’s note: While the garments run the gamut, most of them are better suited for photo shoots than “Back to School” night with the kids.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 20-50 who love super-trendy designer clothing.

Their specialty: Matthew Williamson dress and skinny jeans with a fur vest.

What you should buy: Spring for the faux fur vest.

What you may not know but should: Their private label “FREE CITY” line (sweats/tees) is booming.
http://www.scoopnyc.com

Fashion     Greenwich    

True Blue

137 Elm Street, New Canaan

This lovely boutique carries affordable lesser-known labels.

Robin’s note: They carry a verrryyy similar knock-off of the heart attack-inducing $381 tee from Scoop NYC for $83.

Who’ll you’ll see shopping here: Teens to 40+ women disinclined to spend $450 on an everyday sweater.

Their specialty: Silky tops and tunics.

What you should buy: Cozy sweaters around $100-200 and necklaces made from vintage pieces.

What you may not know but should: It’s one of the few one-of-a-kind boutiques we should support before the space becomes a bank or an Ann Taylor LOFT.
http://www.truebluect.com

Fashion     New Canaan    
Friday, March 04, 2011 • Permalink

Cote D’azur

Cote d'Azur, Greenwich

375 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

Located on the tail end of the avenue, this boutique’s left wall is lined with dark tones, brilliant hues popping on the right. The edited selection features lesser-known designers and a beautiful sampling of Erickson Beamon baubles.

Robin’s note: The saleswomen are lovely, but finding sizes doesn’t appear to be a favored job responsibility. 

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women who summer in Nantucket, winter in West Palm, and have grown frightfully weary of Lily P.

Their specialty: Simple, sophisticated day-to-night dresses.

What you should buy: Luscious colored sweater and EB bracelet to go with it.

What you may not know but should: There’s a 50% off sale rack tucked in the waaaaayyy back of the store.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Thursday, March 03, 2011 • Permalink

Alice + Olivia

Alice & Olivia, Greenwich

371 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

This spare store carries the “sleek and chic” A+O collection and limited accessories.

Robin’s note: If you like the current collection, you’ll like the store.

Who’ll you’ll see shopping here: Women from 20 to 40 who grace countless semi-casual parties and functions in tight clothes.

Their specialty: Typically edgy party clothes.

What you should buy: Anything that doesn’t make it look like you’re trying to look like your teenage daughter.

What you may not know but should:
  1. They sell hard-to-find (and surprisingly affordable) necklaces designed by Stacey Bendet, A+O’s founding designer,
  2. A new kid’s line! If you think $70 for a child’s t-shirt is steep then, well, you’re right. But it is cute.

Fashion     Greenwich    

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