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Heat Waves and Hurricanes Couldn't Stop Cosabella's Flagship

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Cosabella Sales VP Guido Campello learned his wife was pregnant the same day the brand announced plans to open its first New York store. The boutique finally began greeting customers earlier this week—to the relief of Campello, who is now the proud father of a three-month-old baby.

Store openings always take longer than planned, but they're not usually quite as complicated as the miracle of human reproduction. The Cosabella team, though, faced down a truly unlikely series of obstacles as they tried to renovate the old garage at 220 Lafayette Street. There was the time contractors poured cement floors just before a heat wave that caused the cement to expand and crack. There was the mix-up with the fire door, which was supposed to weigh 100 pounds but showed up weighing 1,000 instead. And then there was that whole hurricane thing.

You'd never guess it from the current incarnation of the store, though. The country's third outpost of the Italian brand (there are other locations in Atlanta and Miami) is a pristine white box that still manages to feel homey thanks to old-world Soho details like exposed brick walls. In true Italian fashion, they don't have a lot of stock on the floor—just one piece from each style. Customers place orders at the cashwrap, which hides a series of drawers containing a variety of sizes. The idea is to encourage shoppers to interact with the trained staff, who can help with custom fitting and point out obscure details. (Did you know the Marni bra has rippled padding to accommodate the way breasts change size depending on the time of the month? Neither did we!)

Cosabella has a big following among stars who've worn their lingerie in movies, on TV, or in magazine shoots. Naomi Campbell is so attached to one specific thong style in chocolate brown that after the company discontinued the color, she asked them to produce a special 100-piece run just for her. To play up the celebrity connection, the brand has asked a range of stars—Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Paula Abdul—to autograph their favorite styles, which will soon hang on a wall of fame opposite the fitting rooms.
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