I admire this article from Racked NY, what a great job they did at profiling and interviewing one of my favorite stores in Nolita: Condor. Firstly the store owner Loriann Smoak is a total fashion visionary. She has been oh so daring, bringing a west coast feel to the east coast in one of New Yorks most fashionable neighborhoods, selecting unique often one of a kind pieces, taking risks so that we’re all not wearing the same old ‘rag and bone’ sweaters in the hood.
Smoak has also managed to elegantly pull together a store that is gently sophisticated yet vastly different from others in Nolita – a hard task to do well considering how many great ‘of a kind’ clothing shops we have on offer: Babel Fair, Only Hearts, Warm, Thomas Sires, Love Adorned, Court, Creatures of Comfort, Damsel in Distress, Cynthia Vincent, just to name my favorites.
I’m also going to let you in on a big secret…..Condor is my ‘go to’ store for buying that perfect special birthday present for my toughest fashion friends that have everything and can be just tough to impress. The girls that work at Condor are great, never full of too much ‘tude’ always helpful and easy going. I can find that ‘it’ present I know they’re going to love and not find anywhere else. Plus how cute is Merlin, Condor’s resident bunny who is also worth checking out, he’s super mellow and very tame!