Fave Look: Rosie Assoulin

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Rosie Assoulin, from Style.com.

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Of a Kind

Illuminated Top by Samantha Pleet for Of a Kind

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Fave Look: Nikki Chasin

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Nikki Chasin.

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Samantha Pleet’s Insider-y Guide to New York’s Garment District

Because it’s not just for designers anymore.

After six years of trekking back and forth between her Williamsburg studio and textile shops in the West 30s in Manhattan, apparel designer Samantha Pleet decided it was time to make her life a whole lot easier and take her show to the Garment District. In addition to getting her errands done in a timely manner, she discovered a whole scene of delicious snacks and antique goods. Here, she shares intel on her seven favorite spots. —monica derevjanik

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Culture Espresso Bar
“Perfect for a great cup of coffee. Their molten chocolate chip cookies are made from the things of legend.”
(72 W. 38th St.)

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Elegant
“I have been shopping here since I was a student. They have an incredible selection of vintage fabrics. It’s so easy to get lost in labyrinths of textiles—you could easily spend hours here.”
(222 W. 40th St.)

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Go!Go!Curry!
“Thank goodness for this place and their amazing curry. Hunting for fabrics and trims can give you an appetite!” 
(273 W. 38th St.)   

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Hecht Sewing Machine & Motor Co. 
This place would fit right in Diagon Alley. They sell everything from adorable antique pin cushions to beautiful, ancient sewing machines.”
(304 W. 38th St.)

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Steinlauf and Stoller
“A tailor’s dream since 1947—a one-stop shop for sewing supplies, threads, muslins, and more.”
(239 W. 39th St.)

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Daytona Trimming
“Their staff, which includes a friendly cat, will help you find everything from laces, tassels, and ribbons to cute vintage patches.”
(251 W. 39th St.)

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The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge
“Truth be told, I have not tried this place yet, but it looks like a great spot to go the next time I need an after-work tiki bar!”
(543 8th Ave.)

Scoop up the so-good top Samantha made for us before it’s too late.

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Samantha Pleet Teaches Us How to Decorate Like a Pro

A how-to guide for small-space dwellers—or anyone, really!

By looking at the pictures, you’d never guess that the adorable Greenpoint apartment that Samantha Pleet shares with her husband is only 650 square feet. The super-savvy clothing designer’s secret? These easy-peasy tricks that anyone can do. Who needs room to spare? —monica derevjanik

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Hang your art high.
“If you have limited wall space to display your art, think vertical and hang your pieces over door frames. It will help make your ceilings look like they’re higher than they actually are.”

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Get creative with your walls.
“Our bedroom has a forest theme, which started with our mural painted by Leon Ben.”

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Spruce up your bed.
“What’s the point of a boring bed? We made our own out of birch trees.”

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Play around with your bookshelves.
“We made our bookshelves from salvaged wood. We love that it creates the illusion of more space if you stack them all the way up to the ceiling like in an old library.”

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Separate your space.
“Our dining room and living room share the same room, so we used furniture to divide the space while maintaining the openness. Our couches face our projector screen, which creates a little theater.”

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Add some green.
“We have a lot of windows, which works great for our plants. Our little green friends give our apartment its tree-house vibe.”

Photos courtesy of Agnes Thor.

Samantha made a top that will have you lookin’ fly—check it out.

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Couple Up: Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen

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Before Elisabeth Moss described her marriage to Fred Armisen as "extremely traumatic and awful and horrible" (um, sadface), they really seemed like the kind of couple you wanted to be—interesting and smart and cool, but in an under-the-radar way. Here’s a peek into a smiley time. —erica

Elisabeth Moss: Teardrop Ippolita earrings, a one-shoulder J. Mendel dress, and a statement-y Dannijo necklace.

Fred Armisen: Warby Parker glasses, a Rag & Bone tie, and a pocket square from Original Penguin.

More couples who once were over this way…

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Fave Look: Rodebjer

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Rodebjer, from Style.com.

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The Insider: Ashley Granata

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Ashley Granata loves a project. She co-founded Fashism.com, delivered the Style.com app to your iPhone, and spearheaded a crowd-funding campaign to gift scarves of her own design to women undergoing chemotherapy at Brooklyn Hospital. Her latest undertaking: bringing her marketing savvy to Stylight, a new-to-the-U.S. multi-retailer shopping site. Oh, and, if you read on, you’ll find out why she’s also the CEO of Charming the Pants off of Us. —mattie kahn

Q: What’s the best gift you got recently?

A: I don’t know if you could classify this as a gift or not, but Betsey Johnson just held this yard sale in East Hampton of her entire vintage archive. I sort of feel like being able to shop that was a gift. I remember seeing her on House of Style in the nineties, and she was going through her archive—just all these amazing vintage dresses that she had bought as inspiration. I don’t know how old I was. I think I was a teenager and I was like: This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

Q: Name the app that we should have downloaded, like, yesterday.

A: iEmoji. Do you know this one? Basically, you can make emojis out of any photo. You can make emojis out of your own face or your friends faces. It’s out-of-this-world.

Q: Stylight is coming to America! What are your otherfavorite imports?

A: My great-grandparents and their Norwegian curiosity and impeccable manners.

Q: When you’re shopping IRL, where do you go?

A: I love the Showplace Antique + Design Center on 25th Street. Endless inspiration, tons of great vintage, and antiques in beautiful condition. I always have my breath taken away there.

Q: What’s on your Kindle right now?

A: I’m reading great books. I’m reading Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck. It’s about psychedelics. And what else is on here? Oh, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, which is by Ben Horowitz. He’s one of the partners of Andreessen Horowitz. I also am re-reading Bossypants by Tina Fey because it’s so funny. And I’m rereading The Giver, one of my favorite books still—my dog is named Jonas—and getting nervous-slash-excited to see the movie this summer.

Q: What do you wear when you want to feel like a total #girlboss?

A: I have this pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes. They’re just basic black pumps, but I bought them with my first paycheck from my first real job, which was an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale’s. I just had such a great feeling when I bought them. Whenever I wear them, I have that feeling again, so I always wear them to really important meetings. They’re sort of like my lucky shoes.

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Fave Look: Tanya Taylor

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Tanya Taylor, from Style.com.

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Of a Kind

Gold Nettle Earrings by Metonym for Of a Kind

BUY / 65 of a kind / $56

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