6 at Spring St.; J, Z at Bowery
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The Denmark-born, New York–based designer opened her design studio and flagship boutique in summer 2008, housing her full collection as well as an array of covetable in-store exclusives. The 500-square-foot textural black-and-white space mimics the clothing, with a desk covered in crocodile leather, black curtains made from the same liquid jersey material used in dresses, and a mirrored black Plexiglas ceiling reflecting the designs, all hazily illuminated by domed gray lights. Dramatic portraits by Danish artist Hans Henrik Lerfeldt lend an air of glamour while evoking Staerk’s Scandinavian roots. The designer is best known for her special leather treatments—stretched and hand-cut into dresses and skinny racer-back tanks, fringed across the front of button-down shirts, and woven into crocheted leather clutches. The leather is mixed with softer contrasting fabrics, like jersey, silk, and lace. Exclusive items fill cubes near the entrance, including dapper unisex oxfords, a velvet riding cap, and an enormous leather tote, retailing at $700.