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Despite being unable to open up shop yesterday until 5pm due to frozen locks (on what felt like the coldest day in winter history), Nolita's Thomas Sires boutique has been doing pretty well this winter. Open just a month and a half, the Elizabeth Street spot boasts the three key ingredients to a successful store: A smart and crave-able house line, cute and kitschy gifts and knicknacks, and a store mascot—a Norwich Terrier named Ivy. For lack of better word, the clothes are downright adorable. Former Loeffler Randall duo Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires have figured out how to hit a hard-to-reach note of effortless cool meets thoughtful structure, with a collections featuring a wearable color palette (lots of camels, grays, olives and browns) and a downtown sensibility.
It's mostly anticipatory spring merchandise lining the walls, like camel wool shorts ($315), unfinished, short sleeved cotton tops in gray, and a faded denim and sailor blue and white striped dress ($175), but there's still a good bulk of fall wares to snatch up. Chunky cable knit sweaters are all 20-30% off, and lightweight fall coats are reduced down to 50% off from a still-modest $550.
The gifts and accessories are a pleasant surprise, with little treasures scattered all throughout the store. Some of our favorites include a first aid kit, Tamanohada soap sets, totes bearing the days of the week in Spanish, hand-towels, and wooden dinnerware. Know any stylish toddlers? The shop also carries kid's clothes—pick from a Thomas Sires sweater or top to match your own, or one of the blue or hot-pink tutus.—Tiffany Yannetta
· Thomas Sires [Official Site]