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Life in Couture with one and only, Maggie Norris Couture

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Maggie Norris is a legendary New York designer that lives a life in couture. Her exquisite work has been feature in the most renowned publication, and her work is coveted by the most fashionable women on the planet!

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“I have an affinity to the Haute Couture craftsmanship because of its unyielding perfection.” ~ Maggie Norris

Maggie Norris was born in New Orleans, but quickly moved to New York City to study Fashion at Parsons School of Design.

She became a legendary New York designer that started her career as Ralph Lauren’s Creative Designer. In no time, she quickly assumed the post as Senior Design Director in charge of the Women’s Collection during 13 years.

After leaving Ralph Lauren, she spent a few years in Europe. She returned to New York City in 2000 to launch her own custom-made couture line. Maggie also because part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Now, imagine a glorious studio in the Garment District, with fascinating couture samples spread throughout the space. And yet, amazing beadwork all around, fantastics colors and fabrics sheltering plane spaces. Simply breathtaking and certainly a unique experience! This is what Maggie Norris Couture is all about.

A few names that are part of her very exclusive client list are: Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Alicia Keys, Diane Keaton, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Beyonce and First Lady Michelle Obama!

Every client has the possibility of booking private appointments, so Maggie can dedicate her time exclusively to them.

It is the place to make your wildest and deepest fashion desires com to life, through the hands of one of the world’s most coveted artistic hands! But, we do advise to really allow Maggie to explore her special talent and create for you!

So, be sure to enjoy this unique and memorable moment! It is certainly a priceless experience and the outcome will be mind blowing!

If you want help to book your appointment at Maggie Norris Couture, let our team of experts take care of it for you!

Plus, you might enjoy reading about the 8 Disappearing neighborhoods in Manhattan, one of them being the Garment District! Amusing article!

Contacts:

maggienorriscouture.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jan Klier, Capture Fashion and Maggie Norris Couture

Resurrection Vintage: Historic Cothing for Fashion Experts

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“Founded in 1996 by Mark Haddawy and Katy Rodriguez, with boutiques in New York and Los Angeles, Resurrection vintage is one of the world’s premier international venues for collectible and historic clothing.”

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Resurrection is definitely one of our top picks with the subject is: vintage fashion. For over 20 years, they have been collecting some of the best, most exquisite and special fashion pieces and accessories.

As they say, the are “Pioneers of Vintage and Historic Modern Sartorial Wonders”. And, we have to agree with them. Their curation is mind blowing and it’s almost impossible to leave the store with only one single item.

As a result, they sell brands like: Alaia, Chanel, Hermés, Maison Martin Margiela, Loris Azzaro, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Lanvin, and several others.

One of their most loyal clients is the one and only beauty, Giovanna Battaglia. She is an avid buyer of their collections and is always beautifully mixing and matching it all.

In sum, Resurrection has super high-end brands for ladies and some few for gentlemen!

It’s a store for every one, and a haven for the fashion experts!

Last, but surely not least, see what they have to say about their Resurrection Vintage Archives:

“We have expanded our commitment to preservation by including the Resurrection Archive Rental Studio located in New York City.

Resurrection’s extensive archive catalog is one of the fashion, media and film industries top resources for research, design, and development. Our specialized archive contains thousands of rare and historic designer pieces by highly distinguished American, European, and Japanese fashion designers from the 1960s to 2000s.”

And still:

“With an emphasis on avant-garde design, our archive features special collections by innovative designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme Des Garcons, Martin Margiela as well as one of the largest private collections of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.

Our archive is an invaluable resource and source of inspiration to stylists, costumers, and industry clientele. Categories represented by our collection include men and womens designer clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, jewelry, books and rare ephemera. Our entire rental archive is available for daily, weekly, and monthly rental.”

If you need help at the store, there is nothing better than taking with you a Personal Stylist! Our experts help and guide you about how to purchase and wear vintage!

Locations:
217 Mott Street, Nolita
45 Great Jones Alley, NoHo

www.resurrectionvintage.com

Rare Vintage: Each Vintage Piece Has Its Own Story

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We are always searching for secret New York City vintage stores that offers the most exclusive brands. Located a few blocks from Central Park, Rare Vintage is one of these amazing vintage shops!

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THIS STORE IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

You’ll be able to find the very best of two centuries of fashion with a highly edited collection.

The store was founded in 2007 by Juliana Cairone. Juliana is Diane Vreeland’s grand daughter. At a very young age was exposed to amazing pieces of “art” by renowned designs.

Today, most of the items are bought from private collections found in the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Items are unique, in great conditions and were statements in their own decades.

Juliana is passionate about buying and collecting pieces that have a story behind them! As she explains in the video below:

“I like buying pieces that have a history behind them. I like to buy pieces that went to a great party, or someone fell in love with their husband when she wore that dress, and all these wonderful stories.

People hold on to these pieces for so long because they love them and it means something to them.”

A few of the designers you’ll find are: Bill Blass, Halston, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark, Valentino Couturem Federico Forquet, YSL, Pierre Balmain, Madame Gres, Rive Gauch lines and numerous other big names!

Rare Vintage pieces have been worn by beautiful ladies from Giovanna Battaglia and Carine Roitfeld.

Other names like Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are also some of their top clients!

A little bit more about Rare Vintage:

New York City has other countless vintage stores that we’ve written about.

Plus, there are a few very high-end luxury stores that don’t only offer fantastic products, but offers a shopping experience, like Fivestory.

Need help to discover them all? Contact us so we can arrange a Personal Shopping consultation with our fashion experts!

Location: 24 West 57th Street – 5th Floor

 

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Bonpoint: A House Of French Couture For Kids

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Bonpoint is a house of French couture for kids with the cutest clothes options, for that special occasion. If you have stylish NYC kids, then this is the place for you to shop!

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To start, this isn’t exactly a “behind the scenes” brand, but it’s surely worth the attention!

People tend to say that it’s very hard to raise kids in New York City and that you’d have to be crazy to even consider such a thing.

Well, we strongly disagree with this statement. Actually, we believe that kids that are raised in NYC tend to become strong and successful human beings. Being raised in this multicultural, dynamic and empowering city can only mostly bring benefits. But, then again, it’s our point of view.

Plus, our Founder, , is totally in love with the city. Not only does she believe in the benefits stated above, but she also has very close friends in NYC that are raising their kids here. Result? They are having the best time ever!

Shopping for kids can be a challenge, specially because they grow up so quickly. There are numerous fast fashion brands that are perfect to buy more daily clothes and underwear. On the other hand, you also need to have in mind which are the brands that you can go to, in case you have a special event or occasion. These do have higher price ranges, but worth every dollar.

Founded in 1975, in the heart of Paris, Bonpoint is one of these high-end kid’s fashion brands. In other words, they are a couture fashion brand for the little ones!

The brand has now extended their reach to countless cities across the globe, with over 110 stores.

They offer a fantastic range of the cutest clothes and accessories for newborns, babies, girls and boys! With 3 addresses in New York City, they also sell shoes, perfume and skincare products.

Not to mention that their campaigns are the cutest thing ever!

A little bit more about the brand:

“Rich in the savoir-faire of a couture house, thanks to its artisan studios in Paris, Bonpoint cultivates the precision of beauty, the passion for quality and a meticulous attention to detail and finishing.

Bonpoint is the French fashion house for children. A unique destination with its spot-on style, poetic universe tinged with humour and magic, inspired window displays and the warm atmosphere of its boutiques and flagship stores in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris and on Madison Avenue in New York.

Every season the house’s artistic director, Christine Innamorato, invents an enchanting and creative collection for Bonpoint, from newborn to teenagers and YAM – for those young women who are still Bonpoint girls at heart.”

So, if you’re looking for that special dress for the girls, or a mini suit and cardigan for the boys, this house of French couture for kids is the place to go!

Your baby will most surely be the best dressed kid in the party and the most stylish one too!

If you need help shopping, our experts are great to dress the stylish NYC kids! Contact us to see how our private personal shopping service works.

Hours:
Check website for further details on each location.

Locations:
805 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side
1269 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side
398 West Broadway, SoHo

 

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Fivestory New York: An exciting upscale retail experience in NYC

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New York’s fashion scene is definitely thrilling and adaptable for every budget! Fivestory New York is a store for the most demanding gals out there with the best there is in luxury fashion.

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Fivestory’s founder, Claire Distenfeld, is a connoisseur in the world of curated art, fashion and design. After years of travel and experience, Claire brought to life this multi-brand, multi-category boutique located in the heart of Madison Avenue.

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Fivestory New York is a store for the most demanding New Yorkers and visitors.

To start, they have an amazing selection of upscale brands. From Chanel, Fendi, Maison Michel and Gianvito Rossi, to Nicholas Kirkwood, Olympia Le Tan and Proenza Schouler.

Plus, the store was designed by Ryan Korban, and the entire project was closely watched by Claire’s father

See how Clair describes her store:

“Our store is for the consumer who has a strong aesthetic and can appreciate the quality and specialness of a product.

We are here to enhance, to inspire the creativity and individuality within each consumer. To bring them to a level of appreciation for a curated atmosphere and to stimulate their imagination. Feel the transformation from conventional to exceptional.

“Therefore, we offer renowned international ready-to-wear designers, alongside cutting-edge creatives. Exclusive Fivestory collaborations, impeccably created accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, and home décor that span the globe.”

Also, if you’d like an appointment at the store and would also like for one of our Personal Shopper & Stylist experts to accompany you, contact us so we can organize it all.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 18 East 69th Street

www.fivestoryny.com

 

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Marlene Wetherell: A Vintage Fashion Gem in New York City

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New York City is known for being the world’s leading fashion capital! Not only is it overflowing with fantastic upcoming talents, but the NY vintage fashion scene is also breathtaking! Marlene Wetherell is a vintage fashion gem in the city!

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As we all know, New York City is the place to be for the ultimate shopping experience. But, many people do not know about the secret gems hidden in town. So, this is where we come in!

Marlene Wetherell vintage shop is one of these places!

Located in the Flatiron District, almost bordering Chelsea, the store is the paradise for the vintage lovers!

“Vintage fashion, at least for me, has always been about fantasy: the fantasy of the vintage pieces themselves; the fantasy of designers and design houses; and the fantasy of their historical and cultural manifestations in cinema, society, theater, literature, music, and photography.”

“I opened Marlene Wetherell Vintage fashion in the early 2000s in Chelsea, New York City. The goal was to present rare, yet wearable designer pieces — a curated selection that would always feel exceptionally at home in the present.

You’ll be able to find amazing pieces by renowned brands like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Céline and countless other fantastic names!

The items are carefully cared for and in very good shape!

You can also be lucky enough to bump into Marlene Wetherell!

She has obviously a great taste for fashion and is super polite. Plus, she’ll select some of the most amazing pieces you would never expect to fall so deeply in love with! She’s great and seeing what will work best for a client!

I love seeing the ways my clients find value in these pieces. Whether they’re wearing them in their daily lives, styling them in shoots, or using them as inspiration for one of their own designs.”

A vintage shopping tip: Don’t go out from head to toe in Vintage! Mix it with something modern and that will do the twist!

If you’re a vintage lover, take a look at these top Brooklyn vintage stores and a very unique vintage jewelry spot!

You might be planning a shopping trip to New York City, so let us tell you more about our exclusive Personal Shopping services. For the New Yorkers, you might be needing a closet cleanse or styling consultation, right!?

For companies and small businesses looking for specific Fashion & Trend Research Tours, let our experts curate it for you and your team!

We just love living in the world’s leading fashion capital and exploring the NY vintage fashion scene!

Location: 40 West 25th Street, Gallery 210

www.marlenewetherell.com

 

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