In today's Thursday Styles, Critical Shopper Jon Caramanica is more more wide-eyed than critical as he venture's forth to Boris Bidjan Saberi's boutique on the western edge of SoHo.
Never heard of Saberi? It's not surprising. He is, apparently, something of a best-kept secret, more of a cult designer located at an offbeat address and known for his meticulously crafted leather pieces whose distressed finishing he executes personally. Our shopper is more enthralled by the unique process and product than usual, and he seems totally sold on the product. It's not the directional styling —closer to Rick Owens than Scott Perfecto— but the steep prices that paper to keep our shopper from walking out with his own personally molded piece of outerwear. Starting at around $5,000, such personal craftsmanship doesn't come cheap, but it sounds like one should be warned against a visit to the shop if one isn't prepared to leave with a jacket of one's own. "You would have to peel it off, if you were inclined to remove it, which you might not be, because they come with a bit of magic," he writes.
Something to save up for, then.
Critical Shopper: Boris Bidjan Saberi’s Mad Method by Jon Caramanica (NYTimes)
Boris Bidjan Saberi 494 Greenwich Street between Canal & Spring Streets, SoHo