- Lexington wears an Arcimbaldo Twill Coat, Sequins Top and Shorts, and Crepe Sole Trainers, all from the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Spring/Summer 2018 collection, available at Kasuri in Hudson.
The weather's warming up, and that means we're swapping our bulky sweaters for tees and sandals. Head to these six Hudson Valley fashion boutiques for a wardrobe upgrade.
Whether putting together a Look every day is key to your bliss, required for your work, or involves jeans and T-shirts, you know how you like the fit and the feel. And when an Occasion comes along, you want the fancier duds to feel just as "you," just as easy.
In decades gone by, needing apparel in the Hudson Valley meant heading to the mall in faint hopes of finding something interesting at a branch of a national chain or having to venture into the city for something cutting-edge and exceptional. Today's Hudson Valley clothiers put art and passion into every detail, from display to selection to heart-centered service. Whether you're after business casual for your daily doings, resort wear to take you through a weekend away, or something stunning for a Big Night, these folks will find you exactly what to wear.
Kasuri in Hudson is cutting edge. You'll find avant-garde creations from some of the worlds most important Japanese labels like Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons alongside the likes of the Godmother of Punk, Vivienne Westwood, and the dark and austere Rick Owens. Kasuri buys straight from the Paris runways, gravitating to designers who are driven by vision, not trend. The Hudson boutique features a hand picked selection of clothing, jewelry and accessories all by designers who appeal to the passionate sensibilities of director Jonathan Osofsky and owner Layla Kalin.
"Our customer are teenagers who save up for a pair of brilliant trainers, fashion students who can buy one piece a year, devotees of the labels we carry who appreciate the designers and wear them head to toe, people who integrate a piece or two into a more subdued wardrobe, collectors of the one-off, runway pieces we're able to get our hands on that might just as likely find their way into a museum's design collection of a museum," says Osofsky. "We buy for people who are turned on by brilliant, visionary design, and we treat everyone who walks in the door with the same warmth and invite them to enjoy the experience of seeing, touching, trying on, regardless of whether they're actually buying anything or not."
37 N. Front Street, Kingtson
There's a men's section stocked with Pendleton and Woolrich along with "high-end designer finds and great boots." For women's pieces, "I think each season, I have looks in mind," says Nowatzka, "things I'm seeking out, details I'm particularly into. Right now, I'm loving a dramatic sleeve, ladies in suits à la Françoise Hardy, a 1969 San Francisco maxi dress situation, and crisscross straps on pretty much anything. And we cover a wide range of price points. I want anyone to be able to come in and leave with something they love."
- Justin wears a 1960s striped shirt and 1970s cotton shorts, from Lovefield Vintage in Kingston.
- Darbie wears a 1980s Valentino silk blouse and 1970s white cotton pantsuit all from Lovefield Vintage in Kingston.
At Darryl's, the focus is "fashionable but not trendy, classic, but with an updated modern twist," says co-owner Edward Coviello. "We're guided by what we like and by our customers' needs—aged 2 to 80. We pride ourselves on great service and very good value."
Coviello and Darryl Gamble met in the early `80s, working together to turn around a shop on Manhattan's West Side. "If we could do it for someone else, why not for ourselves?" Coviello says. "So we opened on Amsterdam Avenue, and within a few months we were off and running."
In Rhinebeck since 2005, the duo has maintained that winning formula along with the fashion sense honed by years of travel to Paris and Milan. "We're always in the store, working, listening, seeing what people want and need," Coviello says. "We carry things that are unique in the area, European knitwear that looks and feels amazing. We're both highly skilled at sizing up a customer and helping them find what we've got that will work. The right look is so very satisfying."
35 Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie
Beth Madsen dreamed of running her own boutique since she was a small child. "It was really the only focus and vision I had in mind," she says. From an entrepreneurial family, she polished her energy by studying fashion merchandising and came home to Poughkeepsie to open Elizabeth Boutique in 2008.
"We have something for everyone," she says. "I've always focused on bringing in brands in that fit real women's bodies. That was always important to me, next to offering quality styles. Over the last few years, I've worked on bringing different price points in for different age groups with some trendier styles to accommodate the younger girls that were on a budget. This past March, I launched "Just B"—an area in our store that focuses on trendier and wallet friendly styles for the younger shopper. My goal is to be able to accommodate any woman that walks through the door, whether she's shopping for timeless pieces, trendier styles, a well-fitted pair of jeans or a dress for an upcoming event. Our job is to help you find what you need and give everyone a great boutique experience."
- Feminine floral details offer a sweet bohemian vibe to any closet, from Elizabeth Boutique in Poughkeepsie.
Cream, located on Newburgh's happening Liberty Street, is Amal Ishak's solution to "the lack of stylish, up-to-date fashion in Orange County. There's not much here but malls. People deserve a personal experience."
Ishak's picks are sleek, gorgeous clothes that make a statement. "I think our vibe is different, our clothes are different," she says. "My mission was to bring in fine fashion at really affordable prices. We mesh urban with classic, bring in things that bridge generations, things that young girls and older women will all love. And it's working! The action on our Instagram is wild. People get excited about what's coming next. I get excited too! I love this stuff. My goal is to have something flattering, forgiving and gorgeous for everyone and to make people feel special when they come in. To make luxury attainable."
Ishak offers limited buys, only restocking a particular item when she's begged to do so. "People are thrilled that we're here," she says. "I get messages from Newburgh old-timers praising our look and our service." In 2017, Cream was named "best current fashion for a great value" by Hudson Valley magazine.
Hamilton and Adams
32 John Street, Kingston
Andrew Addotta and Clark Chaine have created a destination for well-dressed men and those who love them at Hamilton and Adams in Kingston, offering clothes that merge ruggedly casual with beautiful design and hold up from workday through playtime and on through the weekend. There are well-cut plaid and gingham shirts in twill and double cloth, cozy hoodies, T-shirts with local flair ("Upstate & Chill," "Mountains are Calling," Kingston-themed artwork and the store's own "Stay Curious" motto).
You'll also find accessories, personal care products, gifts and home goods that express the same aesthetic: clean, classic lines merging durable, beautiful, and practical. There are fine leather belts and bags, ragg wool beanies and trucker caps, sturdy flip flops, and deck shoes. Beard oils, shave creams, and face balms, along with soaps and washes from Ursa Major, Hudson Made, Duke Cannon, and Casa Posta. Addotta and Chain (their middle names are Hamilton and Adams) are experts at finding items that will help you feel well turned out and carefully tended without a whiff of over-fussy.
- A top and knit trousers from the Aldo Martins Spring/Summer 2018 collection, available at Darryl’s Boutique in Rhinebeck.