You can weather the winter with a change of scenery at Change of Season – a treasure tucked away on East 9th Street specializing in hand-selected pieces from the European collections.Â For the month of January, shop owners Clinton Curtis and Marco Querci are hosting an end-of-season sale on most items in their store.Â On offer are bits and pieces from high-end designers such as Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Dries van Noten, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and more.Â We were wonderfully distracted by all of the unique pieces:Â well-crafted dresses for $250 by Isabella Tonchi (former Miu Miu designer), a very sophisticated Dries van Noten cocktail dress for $215 and a Boudicca blouse magnificently constructed with Swiss lace for $295.Â My friend, Richard, pointed out a pair of pre-washed supple leather Bruno Bordese Mary Janes with a very subtle kitten heel which I ended up buying for a steal at $85.Â Other accessories included handmade necklaces and bracelets from Milan.Â Vivienne Westwood belts were tagged at $115 to $145.
What made the shopping experience much more pleasant was speaking with Marco and Curtis, learning the lineage of all the pieces and of their travels throughout Europe shopping for the store.Â Next month, the duo heads back to the Continent to hand-pick fresh new pieces from the European offerings – which will also include a small selection for men.
Where/When:Â Change of Season, 341 E. 9th St. b/w 1st and 2nd Avenues. Thru January 31st. T-Th (1-7:30p) F-Sat (Noon-8p)