Locally made clothes with simple sophistication
We?re used to seeing garments sans sizes at sample sales. But at the new Lower East Side boutique Pip-Squeak Chapeau, unmarked clothing is the norm.
Indeed, designer/owner Sveta Kazakova?s sewn-in-Brooklyn separates are all made from natural materials, and this combination of airy fabrics (silks, linens, organzas) and generous cuts allows her to refrain from indicating size, unless totally necessary.
In the wrong hands, such a flowy approach could appear frumpy. But carefully constructed items like the Normandy dress ($280), linen cap-sleeve top ($195) and cotton gathered skirt ($180) are actually quite flattering and light, an aesthetic that Kazakova calls ?washed glamour.?
The Clinton street location is equally comfortable and minimalist, featuring--in addition to the clothing--a selection knickknacks and curiosities the Moscow-born Kazakova has discovered via her friends and travels. We found ourselves particularly taken with the charcoal air purifiers ($25) and charming porcelain apples ($76).
Though the comprehensive women?s line is clearly the highlight, Kazakova also sells a handful of children?s offerings and will soon launch her first-ever men?s collection. (Nehru shirts, anyone?)
The best part about all her wares: No dry cleaning required.
Pip-Squeak Chapeau Etc., 55 Clinton St. (between Stanton and Rivington sts.); 718-383-8029 or pip-squeakchapeau.com