For Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley, co-owners of New York City’s Kirna Zabête—a colorful boutique with an aesthetic one might describe as “high-fashion candy store”—overflowing wardrobes are a job hazard. “That’s just a reality of my life: I save everything,” said Ms. Buccini, who refers to one of her closets as “the archive.”
Later this month, the pair will have even more wardrobe-busting temptations with which to contend. Ms. Buccini and Ms. Easley will relocate their business to a 10,000-square-foot space at 477 Broome St., a block away from their current location on Greene St., which they opened in 1999. The décor of the store, by interior designer Steven Gambrel, will prominently feature Kirna Zabête’s trademark colors—bright pink and red—along with new elements like a black-and-white striped floor. They’ve also created a large eveningwear section, and added 30 new labels including Mary Katrantzou, Nina Ricci, Sacai, Roland Mouret and Valentino.
Even with constant access to the newest clothes and accessories, both women still keep and regularly wear items from past seasons. In this capricious era of fast-fashion and short-lived trends, finding pieces that endure, both in terms of workmanship and style, has become a challenge. However, Ms. Buccini and Ms. Easley, both 41, agree that it’s not impossible.
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