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The tiny Lower East Side shop carrying Szeki Chan's eponymous jewelry line, one-off stock-quality samples of on-trend womenswear, and 7115, her mom's collection of jersey basics and leather handbags, has moved. Now in its third week at the still-small (but cavernous in comparison) space at 157 Rivington Street, Szeki happily joins the block's hip, indie retail enclave. Increased foot traffic and friendly neighbors have already had a huge impact. Not only are dresses and accessories flying off the racks, but Chan has delighted in the tips, referrals, and even help with slushy sidewalks from her peers at Narnia, ALIFE, Rivington Club, and Honey in the Rough.
Though merely a raw space, the shop manages to exude warmth and charm. An antique sewing machine and some worn-in chairs flank a dedicated jewelry "department." Consisting of a wall-mounted wood showcase and a series of small shelves, it features Chan's hand-made, unfussy jewelry designs. An inexpensive collection of delicate gold, silver and brass chains, bracelets and charms starts at an impulse-level price of only $45. Under glass, find her higher-end and custom pieces fashioned from gems and platinum (a chain is $228, a sapphire ring is $628). A mix of found and vintage jewelry peppers the assortment—we loved the antique watch faces liberated from their glass, bands, and hands.
Racks of factory samples line the opposite wall. If you see a piece you like, buy it—each unbranded little party dress, linen blazer (about $153), leather jacket (about $328) or knit (about $112) is a one-off and the prices are fantastic. A little black dress with a feather-decorated skirt, a high-necked tee-shirt dress with a fully studded back, a silk shirt-dress printed in alligator skeletons, a belted leopard number—no one else is going to be wearing these and they start at only $128. Note that these are samples, so the sizes tend to be quite small, topping off with the rare size 6.
The 7115 pieces aren't samples, so there's a bit more range in terms of size. The current collection of clothing includes a series of super-wearable cotton basics in a neutral palette. Tanks are only $15, and prices range up to $58 for oxford shirts. Handbags are made from incredibly soft leathers in a variety of colors (from brown and black to magenta). They're extremely wearable, come in unique shapes, feature a series of helpful little inside pockets, and start at $138 (topping out at around $268). Gateway bag: An adorable wallet on a chain is on $48.
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