first, it was so lovely to meet lauren from the pr team in person. she is a peach. second, it is always a pleasure to see/feel/try on clothes that look great in photos—you never know how they’ll look/feel/wear on the body. what is particularly interesting about otte is that it has begun to slowly expand its in-house line of separates; while the store does carry some luxe brands like loeffler randall and 3.1 phillip lim, the goal of otte’s is to “fill a void” missing in retail. think: boxy sweaters with slim sleeves and buttery cashmere sweaters with a longer torso. looking at much of the new stock on hangers, it looked almost exactly like the contents of a woman’s closet—it was clear that all pieces could be easily mixed and matched. stop into any of the 4 otte stores to see what i mean.
carlo pazolini may be less than thirty years old (founded in 1990), but you’d never know it looking at the shoes above. look at those puppies. i stopped in the brand’s soho store and tried on a few pairs, so i can also attest to the buttery softness of the leather. and? almost everything you see is priced below $400. if you live near any of the carlo pazolini stores around the globe, i implore you to stop in, especially if you’re looking for some quality footwear. see? you learn something new every day when you read this blog.