Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Welcome to Shops Illustrated, a Racked feature in which artist Jennifer Hoyden sketches New York City stores. For each entry, she'll draw a street view, an interior look, and some items currently hanging on the racks.
Mott Street boutique A Détacher has no obvious sign, but its left-of-center merchandise speaks for itself. The square concrete-and-glass store is well accessorized with clothes, shoes, books, jewelry, home decor (think giant felt balls and hairy pillows), bags and belts.
If past (and present) collections are anything to go by, designer Mona Kowalska likes structure, texture, patterns, and her customers. That last part is a nice quality, and the evidence is in her comfortable but totally imaginative silhouettes, which this autumn includes a pencil skirt that is subtly padded for a little warmth. Paired with some of the hand-knit wooly items (hats, mittens, scarves, knee socks), waiting for a bus on a chilly morning might almost be fun.
· A Détacher [Official Site]
· All Shops Illustrated posts [Racked NY]