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It’s Shoe-Time!


Looking to satiate your Spanish footwear cravings without boarding a red-eye to Barcelona? Pocket that plane fare and sprint to Té Casan, a Catalan-inspired collective filled with slews of drool-worthy shoes!

A shoe-a-holics dream, this sprawling 7,500 square-foot Soho flagship boasts three floors of eye-popping, limited-edition luxury lines created by 7 indie cobblers wooed from haute fashion houses such as Dries Van Noten and Dolce & Gabbana. Praised for superior service and an ultra sleek design, the private, space-agey fitting rooms alone will make you look and feel like royalty. Weekly shipments of femme fatale heels ranging from patent-leather platform stilettos to high-tech trainers look strikingly similar to, dare we say, Louboutin and the all-mighty Prada. As if the stylish inventory alone wasn’t enough to make you loco, everything sold at this global footwear haven is a fraction of the cost!

You’d better run, don’t walk – there are only 74 shoes for every featured style (each complete with an imprint of the number from that series on the sole). So if you’re debating over those black satin, crystal-encrusted ballerina flats that Mena Suvari snapped-up, don’t ponder too long.  Once they’re sold out, re-ordering is out of the question. Now that Natalie Portman’s designing an exclusive vegan collection that’s set to debut this fall, you’d better plan your shopping strategy pronto to ensure you’re numero uno in line. Olé!

  • Té Casan
  • 382 West Broadway, New York City
  • 212-584-8000
  • Mon.-Sat., 11am-7pm; Sun. 12pm-6pm
  • $200-$450
  • Exchange or store credit within 10 days of receipt. No refunds.
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Petite Feat

Want something productive to do while waiting in line for your bacon ‘n eggs brunch at Friend of a Farmer next Sunday? Look no further than the brown and white sign directly across the street that says “Lucia Nenickova” – a teeny-weeny luxe leather goods shop, wedged between two walk-ups on a tony residential block.


The only boutique on Irving Place, Lucia Nenickova is situated in a former tea salon no bigger than a walk-in-closet. A petite blonde from the Czech Republic, Lucia, chose the quaint space to debut her high-end leather accessory and home décor line, providing further proof that size doesn’t matter. You’ll coo over her handcrafted concoctions, which are all made from top quality European leather sourced from one of London’s finest tanneries. Expect a small, yet impressive assortment of circular-shaped mirrors (the Casa collection), over-sized suede-lined shoppers with multiple compartments (ideal for toting around your laptop), sleek cowhide clutches with ostrich accents (perfect for a night on the town) and timeless tan briefcases with boundless pockets. Also on our radar screen are the hipster belts with brass butterfly buckles and sexy red lizard sandals, meticulously constructed with bespoke hand-molded arches for superior comfort and support (buh-bye aching soles and blisters!).

Can’t find something to suit your fancy?  Simply ask Lucia and she’ll whip up whatever you want since everything is made-to-measure. Just make sure to have someone hold your place in line across the street!

  • Lucia Nenickova
  • 72 Irving Place (between 18th and 19th Streets)
  • 212-777-0810
  • Mon + Tues, by appointment only, Wed-Friday, 1pm-7pm, Sat & Sun, 12pm-7pm
  • $65 (business card holder) – $1850 (leather briefcase)
  • Final sale on all items
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Sponsored Fashion Junkie Fix: The Spanish Advantage

Looking to spruce up your summer wardrobe without breaking the bank? Have no fear! Guilt-free shopping is just a click away at Spain’s numero uno clothing chain, MNG by Mango.


The latest rising star to hit the North American fast-fashion retail scene, MNG by Mango churns out cutting-edge, yet affordable clothing that’s selling like hot cakes. Known for insanely accessible prices (nothing tops the $250 range) and daily deliveries, mixing and matching of-the-moment merchandise has never been easier. As if that’s not incentive enough to stock up, just wait ‘til you see what’s in store for summer: a mind-numbing selection of easy, breezy, balloon-hemmed dresses, high-waisted hot pants, mod mini-dresses with pop art prints (Hello, Jane Birkin!), white-washed straight-legged denim and equally edgy over-sized handbags, silver metallic sandals and chunky jewelry.

Don’t even think about proceeding to checkout until you’ve loaded up on the limited-edition Jovovich-Hawk line for MNG (co-created by top model/actress Milla Jovovich and design partner Carmen Hawk), a mouth-watering mélange of 10 key dresses for day and night, including a ‘60’s A-line mini, gold-print kimono, romantic maxi and ‘40’s-inspired cocktail concoction.

Attention New York shoppers! Soon, you’ll be able to experience this fashion frenzy firsthand when MNG by Mango makes its Manhattan debut with the opening of its SoHo flagship this fall. Until then, you’ll have to stock up online at or head out of town to any of their 900 brick-and-mortar locations worldwide.

Exclusive Deal Just For You! MNG by Mango is offering Fashion Junkie subscribers $20 off any online purchase of $100 or more from May 8, 2007 12:01 a.m. (EST) to May 23, 2007, 11:59 p.m. (EST). To redeem this special offer, simply go to, make your selection and enter the voucher code 1FJFIX upon checkout. Happy shopping!

Fashion Junkie Factoid: The name “Mango” was chosen by the company’s founders when they visited the Philippines and tasted the namesake fruit for the first time. A mango represented exactly what they were looking for: something fresh and exotic. With an ultimate goal of opening Mango stores all over the world, this became the ideal name due to its easy pronunciation and universal translation.


  • MNG by Mango
  • 1-866-666-4664
  • $15-$250
  • within 30 days of purchase with receipt
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Fashion Junkie Out Of Rehab!

For Immediate Release

Fashion Junkie Out Of Rehab!
The ultimate style source for serial shoppers relaunches!

New York, NY — May 7, 2007 — Is your life one BIG fashion emergency? Are you stumped on where to find the most sought-after styles, suffering from withdrawal or simply clothes-minded? Then you need a dose of — a fashion and beauty email newsletter, daily blog and personal shopping service clueing you in on what to buy and where to buy it… before it’s passé.

Fashion Junkie’s mission is simple: to make the world a better-dressed place, one person at a time. Based in New York City, Fashion Junkie constantly combs the streets in search of the swankiest stores, coolest clothing lines and cult cosmetics to keep you in-the-know. She’s a serial shopper with a sixth sense for all things fashionable, instantly detecting the hippest designer hideaways, best vintage frocks and cheap ‘n chic places that won’t drain your bank account. A saving grace for the fashion challenged and those too busy to shop, Fashion Junkie keeps track of the latest trends and is always on call to give you tips and tricks for tackling the toughest clothing calamities. 

Fashion Junkie is the brainchild of Dara Fleischer, a seasoned shopping editor and television correspondent who honed her skills as Fashion and Beauty Editor at LOULOU (Canada’s premier shopping magazine) and Merchandising Editor at InStyle. Recognizing fashionistas’ insatiable appetite for of-the-moment fashion and beauty buzz, Dara spawned Fashion Junkie as an online soapbox for sharing her views and news on all things stylish.

Get your fix by signing up for Fashion Junkie’s free email newsletter filled with of-the-moment fashion and beauty obsessions and special perks, from sample sale listings to exclusive discounts from the hottest boutiques, delivered straight to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Plannning an international getaway? Follow FJ’s globe-trekking adventures – an insider’s guide highlighting the top trends and shopping shrines from Hong Kong to Holland.

For those who need a little extra handholding, Fashion Junkie also offers tailor-made group and private NYC shopping safaris, a fun-filled experience for tourists and locals alike. Expect undivided attention and expert advice while exploring the City’s off-the-beaten-path boutiques, sample sales and sweet retreats. Fashion Junkie will rummage through racks, suggest outfits that work for your body and budget and will even give her honest opinion when asked, “Does this make my ass look fat?”

To learn more about, send an email to

Fashion Junkie tips may be habit forming. Possible side effects include: shopping bulimia (i.e., excessive buying and returning), cluttered closets and escalating credit card debt.


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