Last night, after an afternoon of being locked out of my house, made late for my night out and coming out of the train station to find my phone so close to dying I was unable to take pictures, I found myself standing in front a small storefront on Mercer in NYC.
Orla Kiely’s first New York store is the type you may walk right past, that is, until you are caught by the warm bright light flooding the sidewalk from the large display window. As I walked in, my spirits were lifted in only a way a mix of popular and obscure music spun by the always fashionable Cory Kennedy and cocktails could.
The event was to celebrate the opening of the flagship store and it boasted a 20% discount on all purchases. So, as expected room was filled with an eclectic mix of colorful people mingling and shopping. And a great black dog licking up the droplets of cocktails off the floor. But that was not what made the atmosphere what it was. Stephanie of Seventh House was great and gave me a tour of the place and I was introduced to the Orla Kiely brand.
Since 1995, the London-based brand has caught the attention of celebs such as Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst and Keira Knightley. With its signature retro patterns and graphics, its no surprise that the brand has caught so much attention. Throughout the room there are bags and accessories strategically placed. The household goods like mugs and canisters are set up in a room with a kitchen table surrounded by chairs. A nook made to resemble a study is furnished with a desk and stocked with notebooks and luggage. Lastly, there is a large rack of RTW pieces: dresses, tailored jackets, cardigans, skirts, coats, sweaters and blouses. Everywhere you are reintroduced to the prints, yet the collections are well rounded with simple chic pieces.
The assistant manager Megan and the rest of the team were super nice and helpful and they promise to let me know about any deals they have so we can take advantage!
Basically I had an awesome night! PLUS, I got a cool gift bag… and who doesn’t love goodies! 😉
Love, Nastasia xx
Picture Credits: Carly/BFANYC