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Lauren Urstadt Shari Swan
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Accessories designer Lauren Urstadt shows off her eponymous line of luxe cashmere knits and bold leather gloves in her first stand-alone boutique. She began designing for labels like Kate Spade and Betsey Johnson in the nineties, eventually parting ways to sell her own collection in stores ranging from Henri Bendel to Blueberi. She opened her shop in December 2008, eager for a space where she could display the full range of her funky collection instead of only the fingerless cashmere gloves that sold best at Bendel. The artful pieces offer a modern twist on standard winterwear, with silky draping hoods; fingerless, elbow-length leather gloves; and Urstadt’s signature Flip: a versatile, all-in-one knit shrug, scarf, and hood. Cable-knit scarves hang in thick folds along the walls, and piles of leather gloves in shades of lipstick-red and gold are accented with studs, chains, and contrasting racing stripes. In warmer months, she expands her scope to include apparel like lightweight tank dresses, shrugs, vests, and skinny scarves in silk cashmere blends. A selection of leather bags, motorcycle gloves, and belts by Shari Swan are also available.