From commercial brands to Canal Street knockoffs, Soho has no shortage of handbags. But Wendy Nichol is a horse of a different color: The indie designer stretches and stitches her sumptuous leather satchels and bullet bags by hand in her tiny Sullivan Street boutique-cum-studio, then tops them off with intricate, braided tassels.
Fortunately for those who'd be clad in her True Grit style from head to toe, Nichol recently unveiled her first ready-to-wear collection. The line is comprised of beautiful Western basics like camel silk-blend duster coats ($850), chambray button-ups ($435) and cashmere blazers ($950). We're especially enamored with the bedroom-minded chiffon slip dresses ($500) and charmeuse nightshirts ($650), which exude an understated cowgirl vibe when paired with leggings and slouchy coats.
The collection's desert-like hues are attributed to Red Hook dye master Audrey Louise Reynolds, who uses roses and turmeric to render flattering natural tones.
Pair Nichol's pieces with one of her wide-brimmed, Indiana Jones-inspired hats, and you'll be ready to ride off into the sunset.
Wendy Nichol, 147 Sullivan St. (between Houston and Prince sts.); 212-431-4171 or wendynicholnyc.com