19 Christopher St.; 212-414-4234
Back before the tunic revival had registered on even the most sensitive fashion meters, Claudine owner Kyung Lee had discovered eye-catching, updated versions and hung them in the window of her West Village shop (one of three; she also operates Albertine and the newest, Leontine, near the South Street Seaport). Lee has an eye for talent—she’s been carrying Kathy Kemp for four years, Gary Graham for two, and lately has gotten behind Rachel Comey’s hausfrau-gone-chic pinafores, Rodebjer’s sundresses in printed silks, and Geren Ford’s deconstructed shirtdresses.
Best Store to Spot the Next Trend
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).