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East Village boutique D.L. Cerney, which specializes in hand-made clothing with a vintage look and feel, is closing after 28 years. Co-owner Linda St. John tells Jeremiah's Vanishing New York that she's not being pushed out by rising rents in the neighborhood; she just wants to spend some time outside the city. But she does lament the cultural changes that have led New Yorkers to spend money at big chain stores:
It's psychological propaganda. People are told to shop there, so they do. I've seen people come in here wearing these low-waisted, pleated pedal pushers, and they look so dumpy, I mean, in these pleated, slob-making pants. But that's what's in style, so that's what they buy.The good news is that you can still shop her tailored dresses and high-waisted '40s pants all autumn long. Until the store closes in November, all women's dresses and tops are 50% off, and all menswear is 25% off.
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· D. L. Cerney [Vanishing New York]