In this week's Thursday Styles, our Critical Shopper Alexandra Jacobs declares Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini of the newly relocated Kirna Zabête to be the Laverne & Shirley of fashion. How the two impossibly savvy retailers will feel about being compared to a pair of madcap 1950s brewery workers will really depend on how they feel about Milk & Pepsi, Boo Boo Kitty, Lenny & Squiggy and Carmine Ragusa, but judging from the circuslike interior of their store's new location, they seem to have a healthy sense of humor. Of course, our shopper may have forgotten that at a certain point, Shirley took off and left Laverne to contend with a rotating cast of sidekicks until the show finally got put out of its misery —a fate nobody wishes on Easley and Buccini who should stick together forever. Their store is quirky, but it's no Milwaukee basement apartment, and our shopper finds that there are pitfalls even for the most ambitious fashion shopper in such a temple of high style,
"Aspirational" pricing aside, the only problem here is that pretty much everything stocked is, as they say in the trade, a statement piece. But in the tourist-mobbed mass market of SoHo, this cacophony of individuality is sweet music indeed.
Of course, if your mind is stuck on "Laverne & Shirley" it may be too much of a leap to get into Céline & Givenchy.