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Maybe you've stumbled across Isobel Arnberg, the vintage store at 280 Mulberry. The shop sells menswear, womenswear, and shoes from France, Sweden, and the US, including some big-name labels like Christian Dior and Bruno Magli. It's technically been open since March, but this Friday it celebrates its launch with a party that doubles as a kickoff for the new boutique on its lower level, little a.
The downstairs shop is both the studio and the retail space for designer Alisha Trimble, who specializes in party dresses made from reclaimed materials. (She also makes lingerie under the name Blanche DuMois and swim as BrainWaves.) Trimble isn't involved with running the upstairs shop, but she and Arnberg are friends, lending a certain DIY feel to the whole enterprise. As a work/sell space, little a keeps limited hours, but you can stop by from 10am—6pm on weekends through July 31st to check out Trimble's designs as well as paintings by Coral Silverman and accessories by stylist V. Vernard. They'll also do viewings by appointment. Or, of course, you could just check out the party, which runs from 7pm to 11pm tomorrow night.
· Isobel Arnberg [Official Site]
· Alisha Trimble [Official Sie]