Suite Retreat

imageI’ve always fantasized about having a luxurious dressing room like Joan Crawford’s in Mommy Dearest. Something spacious enough (with no wire hangers in sight) where I can freely prance about in my silk robe, spritzing on perfume without bumping into any furniture. But because I live in a tiny New York City apartment, there’s only one alternative that will suffice: bunking out at Suite Orchard – a chic Lower East Side boutique with the same ritzy, boudoir-esque interior.

A shopper’s paradise for girls who refuse to fork over top dollar for dressy, designer gear typically found uptown, Suite Orchard offers the perfect compromise. Enter this laid-back shop and you’ll discover a whole suite of hipster clothing, jewelry and handbags not normally found in this hood. Run by Sonia and Cindy Huang, two trend-setting sisters who honed their skills at haute fashion houses like Diane Von Furstenberg and Stella McCartney, Suite Orchard was created to resemble the spacious, modern closet they’ve always been craving. Expect tons of mirrors (perfect for viewing your arse at every angle), candy-striped pink, white and grey walls, a plush Houndstooth-upholstered chair and the ultimate frivolity, a Hello Kitty rotary phone by the cash. As for the merch, rummage through muted, of-the-moment silhouettes ranging from Jovovich-Hawk (flirty ‘n feminine dresses), Sonia by Sonia Rykiel (high-waisted jeans), RN Convertibles (Rozae Nichols’ less pricey day-to-night pieces) and Loeffler Randall frocks, new for fall. Don’t forget to check out the slouchy, Bliss Lau handbags and Made You Look baubles adorned with skulls and crossbones. Also a must is the Huang sisters’ own debut label, Soni & Cindy, a girly assortment of blazers, skirts and pants infused with a rock ‘n roll edge. A friendly warning: with an atmosphere this endearing, Suite Orchard just might become your second home.

  • Suite Orchard
  • 145a Orchard Street (@ Rivington)
  • 212-533-4115
  • Tues.-Sun., 12-7; Thurs.-Sat, 12-8; closed Mondays
  • $75-$1000
  • final sale on all items, exchange only
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