For the last 5 seasons we’ve bought for the store via Zoom, and while we turned out to be decent online shoppers, there’s nothing like considering fabrics in person and having connected conversations with the people making the clothes. So imagine how much fun we had buzzing around New York last week shopping for spring 2022. (The city, for what it’s worth, feels alive. Between the Met Gala, the US Open, Broadway, and the high vaccination rate, there was a surge running through the streets.)
A few things we loved:
- All the yellow! Canary, marigold, butter, mustard...it’s such a happy shade and we particularly loved Proenza Schouler’s vibrant cut-out dress, Gabriela Hearst’s elegant knit skirt, and Nili Lotan’s muted, cool cotton tops.
- Our visit to Marie Helene de Taillac’s chic, discreet atelier—filled wall to wall with gems—to pick out special one-of-a-kind pieces like cabochon tanzanite drop earrings to include in our trunk show with her in the fall.
- Catching up with designers including Tibi creative director Amy Smilovic, Lingua Franca’s Rachelle Hruska, and fine jeweler Brent Neale. Brent’s collection is new to Hero Shop, and we brought back some of her signature mushroom pendants and knot rings that will be available in store this week.
- All the new brands we wouldn’t have discovered sitting at our desks.
And that’s the thing. We’ve all got to get out and explore. I understand the fear and desire to stay cozy in our hermetically sealed pods, but businesses and behaviors have adjusted and, in some ways, it feels healthier to be out (as long as you’re vaccinated and/or masked obv). So I encourage you to tiptoe outside your comfort zone this week—or sprint, if that’s where you’re at. And the next time you find yourself in NY, order the quiche at La Mercerie. It’s worth the trip alone.
See you soon,