Nothing says summer like Chance, the beach-chic brainchild of former Kate Spade creative director Julia Leach. Her flowing dresses, boat-neck tees and canvas totes are part Cape Cod, part St. Tropez--and now, they're all ours for the buying at a new Elizabeth Street pop-up.
The store, which is open through the end of the month, reminds us of a vacation home: Seashells, white flowers and fresh lemons provide a serene backdrop for the island-friendly clothes, while muted blue walls and a raw, white floor channel Nantucket.
Our picks for hitting the sand are the sporty tank dress, available in a variety of colored, nautical stripes ($95), Riveria-like cotton beach towels with "La Piscine" or "La Plage" embroidery ($65) and a classic beach tote ($150) roomy enough for our summer reads, swimsuit and sunscreen. We couldn't resist picking up a Hamptons-inspired sun hat by Brooklyn milliner Lola Ehrlich ($325) and a pair of bright, cotton espadrilles ($48).
But clothes aren't the only items for sale: Local jams by Maiden Preserves and artisanal Mary & Matt chocolate bars ($5) are up for grabs, and so are the brown vintage chairs ($800 for the pair) and fixtures decorating the space. Chance even offers bicycle delivery service in Manhattan on Fridays and Saturdays.
Get ready to soak up the sun in style.
211 Elizabeth St. (at Prince St.), chanceco.com.