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Rackage is a look at recently-opened stores around town. Today, we journey down to Little Italy to check out Mulberry Street boutique Staerk.

Krieger, 09/03/2008

If you could describe a boutique as "brooding," we would apply the term to Staerk. Behind the somewhat imposing exterior, the austere Mulberry Street shop is filled with Danish designer Camilla Stærk's sexy dresses, trousers and shoes (her latest collection is titled, fittingly, “Bride of the Black Moon”). The accents are few, but striking: an ebony chair and couch, gold framed photos of Staerk herself hanging over the racks, a coal-colored curtain hiding the fitting room (which, according to the Times, is also pitch-black inside). For more on Staerk, click through to the Critical Shopper piece on the store or check out our intro post on the store.