I've come off an especially draining week at work, and I found the perfect oasis to recharge. As chance would have it, a lobby renovation kicked us out of work at 5:45 pm. Perfect chance, I thought, to go shopping for that new suit I've been needing for a while.
Just a few short blocks from my house, I discovered Saffron Rare Threads. I'd read about it on Daily Candy as a place to get high quality suits with a modern twist. I'd been planning to go for months.
I walked in, and discovered a colorful mix of mens suits, women's suits and boldly patterned dresses. One of the owners, Priya, approached me right away and offered me some baked goods, leftover from an event earlier this week.
She told me about the store: they're a group of three women designers selling their own designs. In fact, the back half of the space comprises their studio: a colorful mix of tables, ironing boards, cloth, patterns and works-in-progress. It added so much uniqueness and interest to the designs to see, right there, where they came from.
I felt like she was welcoming me into her home, of sorts. And I felt relaxed. What a pleasant experience! They even have events every so often in their space: what a great way to build community!
I took a look at the clothes, and I was so wonderfully surprised. Classic items: blouses, knit shirts, jackets, pants and skirts. But, with a twist: well-placed ruffles, iridescent silk linings, interesting cuts and details. To me, that's what made the clothes special: and what makes them feel special to me. That's exactly my style too: classic, but unique. Well-made, fairly priced, and, even, free alterations! What a deal!
Inspiring designs, a welcoming store, expert advice, friendliness, patience, and a good deal. Wow, when I left, the stress had completely dripped away!
I'll certainly be back: the fall designs arrive in August. Thanks, Priya!