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This week's Critical Shopper column takes Alexandra Jacobs to Carven in Soho.: "This store has maximized its small dimensions, as did the founding designer, Carmen de Tommaso, reportedly 5-foot-1. Racks run in a U-pattern, showcasing multiple colorways—hot pink, jade green, biscuit—and a peppy new men's collection. Mirrors abound, bouncing light off a gaggle of modern-day gamines browsing in Alexa Chung oxford shoes, shorts and topknots (when not plugging Madewell, conveniently one block away, Ms. Chung is an ardent Carvenette)." [NYT]