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This week, Alexandra Jacobs takes on the new James Perse in Soho, which offers laid-back California tees at high-intensity Manhattan prices. She has fun describing not only the slouchy, genderless garments, but also the typical Soho shopper: "In a further nod to inactivity, Mr. Perse is entering the furniture market, though the only evidence was two white-slipcovered Nor Cal armchairs, those found in expensive summer houses, upon which two fragrant Italian tourists were making love to their smartphones—staring, stroking, cooing—as their toddler jabbered nearby." [NYT]