Cynthia Vincent NYC Flagship Opening Event!

253 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 646-707-3830

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an intimate editor’s cocktail hour celebrating the opening of Cynthia Vincent’s  Nolita based Flagship store. While Enjoying a close look at the collection, I was also able to chat with the designer and her team. A recent LA transplant, Vincent brings to New York a fresh and eclectic approach to women’s wear.  You might also know her original, edgier line from the ‘90s, St. Vincent, now named Vince.

The Nolita flagship is composed of pieces from a softer, more feminine line, “Twelfth Street,” along with Vincent’s eponymous shoe and handbag collection, and an assortment of one-of-a-kind pieces. Throughout the collection a West Coast influence is palpable and there is something very refreshing and accessible about it. Designed around tribal prints on supremely wearable flowing silks and soft knits, the line also maintains an easy elegance.  For the print averse, have no fear - there is also a huge smattering of luxurious beaded, sequined and otherwise beautifully embellished tunics, tops and dresses that could make any woman want to paint the town red. Additionally, there are several pieces with a 1960’s-esque horizontally stripe.  This is a deliciously wearable collection with something for every woman, no matter what her predilection.

(above: Cynthia Vincent, designer & owner)

 Besides the clothes, the store’s interior is also incredible- decked out in miscellaneous wonderful trinkets.  Cynthia informed me that she sourced most of the items from eBay – ranging  from a miniature ram, to an Indian headdresses, to a stuffed peacock!  Cynthia and I shared a moment when we confessed our mutual addiction to eBay. In fact, on an eBay iPhone app, right in front of my eyes she purchased a “prison art” handbag she had been eyeing from the 1960’s.  Vincent explained that a prisoner had woven the bag in a meticulous lanyard style out of Camel cigarette packs!   “I have a problem,” she confessed, after making the impulse buy, to which I related and so she said she’d name the bag “The Rachel Camel”.  I die.  Also, a shout out to Nanci Bennett- an amazing jewelry designer, and a friend of Vincent, who also has work sold in the new store.  See above for some of her pieces- amazingness!  I want everything!

The after party was at Don Hills, where the group Exitmusic played.  Their sound was surreal.  Absolute magic.  Seriously everyone who cares about music should check them out.