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After quite possibly the world's fastest renovation, We the People Fashion Collective is slated to open its doors this Saturday on Stanton Street. Although the store windows are still shrouded behind an appropriate disguise of old WWD pages, we were invited inside for a sneak preview of the indie designer goodies soon to be unveiled.
We the People currently showcases nine womenswear and five jewelry designers in the intimate space. As we perused the neatly organized racks, we noticed a diverse mix of designs that will appeal to a range of tastes and styles. Those looking for fun, whimsical and affordable pieces will like Lauralou's white and black graphic tees ($42), paint splotch tanks ($38) and chambray bloomers ($78). For strong, sexy and architectural pieces, check out Titiana Inglis' capped sleeve cropped herringbone crop top and tailored dressy short shorts.
Cody Sai's pleated pastel green shorts with accompanying rope belt have a preppy-meets-sexy appeal. Also, Jessica Milton's feminine shapes and abstract patterned separates and dresses are a refreshing addition to the mix. For those who don't want to end up in a "who wore it better" type of situation, look for edgy one-off pieces like James Yeost's olive green nylon parachute jacket with contrasting pleats ($300) and slouchy molded minimalist separates from coh. N.
Accessories are also a must-see. Key by Khoi Le's "Scuba" bags (from $168 to $218) are inspired by the garden variety grocery bag, but this take incorporates leather (in black or a square patterned blue), a zipper, and a ball chain strap. His bullet and leather tassle necklaces are tempting for $88 to $98, depending on size. We also loved MelanyBE's hard rocker bull shaped necklaces and ring.
We the People is the brainchild of Vera Ng, a former project manager turned fashion incubator. Her goal is to create a collective not only via retail, but also through a collaborative environment for designers to share resources (like where to find the best zippers) and expertise. She even allotted a back room area for designers to use for meetings and show room space. Look out for new collections and designers to be introduced with the change of season. We the People will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays and by appointment-only on Mondays and Tuesdays.
· We the People to Collectively Outfit Stanton Street [Racked]
· Vera Ng’s We The People Boutique: Retail Democracy Comes To The Lower East Side [The Trim]
· We the People [Official Site]