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Rackage: Presenting Poleci on Gansevoort Street

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Don't be fooled by the scaffolding that still shadows its storefront: Poleci is open and decidedly polished inside. Both the store and the clothing within seem to herald a new direction for the Los Angeles-based label. The 5000-square-foot MePa flagship is airy and bright with an attention to detail. Custom resin finishes on the walls and a dripping two-story frosted glass chandelier are poignant adornments that give the interior a modern but not sterile feel - similar to the clothing itself.

The dresses, blouses, pants, and tanks are unique, but not over-the-top. There are dramatic numbers, such as a black patent-leather sequined dress for $1056 and more basic pieces, like a two-piece cashmere cardigan sweater in gray and black priced at $172.

An ikat-print volume-sleeve dress (above) looks like a hot night in South Beach ($392), while a gray tuck-neck dress embellished with black lace is more subtle, but stylish in its own right (discounted at $174). The clothes are priced anywhere from $150-1200, but are essentially reasonable by MePa standards.

Right now, there are several winter sale racks of outstanding designs discounted at 50% off (reducing many items to around $150). Get in there for the sale, but stick around to admire some of the finer touches as well.
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