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Fashion with a free spirit
Images courtesy of Tucker.

We weren't surprised to find the new Tucker boutique a stone's throw from the Stella McCartney and Missoni shops on West Broadway: On-the-rise designer Gaby Basora can mix jubilant prints and classic silhouettes with the best of them, and her free-spirited label is a mainstay for women who love basics with a Bohemian edge.

Among the small storefront's punch-colored walls and silk-upholstered sofas are wear-anywhere button-downs, playful peasant blouses and flowing dresses that show off Basora's eye for patterns and versatility. Tucker was born, after all, out of her wish for a pretty silk shirt that was both cubicle- and cocktail-hour appropriate.

Walk in on a chilly day and you'll feel whisked away by exotic staples like an Ipanema-inspired blouse ($305), smocked floral shirt ($295) and spunky feather-print dress ($345), not to mention an array of cheery peep-toe slingbacks ($364 to $398). Though every piece has a globe-trotter look, they're all designed and produced here in New York City.

Most covetable is Tucker's new holiday collection. With tailored abstract-print trousers, cropped zigzag blazers ($288) and deep-hued blossom dresses ($343), it's Basora's most sophisticated work to date.

Tucker, 355 W. Broadway (at Broome St.); 212-938-0811 or

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