Ten days ago designer Brookelynn Starnes closed Cloak & Dagger’s store in Brooklyn and two days ago, she closed its original East Village location so that she could relocate both of them to a bright, cheerful new space that’s bigger than both of them combined.
The new store opened today at 334 East Ninth Street, in the spiffed-up former home of Archangel Antiques. Starnes describes its look — complete with pineapple-print wallpaper — as “Buffalo 66 meets Wes Anderson,” and the stock follows suit. “The clothes that we carry are very much in that whimsical aesthetic – my take on fashion is: it’s supposed to be fun and not so serious,” she says.
In addition to a modest vintage section and an expanded variety of “labels that have more of an indie cult following – they’re harder to find in New York” (think Cameo, L’ecole des Femmes, coveralls by Sessun, and lingerie by For Love & Lemons) Starnes plans to bring her own “sick outerwear and really beautiful dresses” back to the hangars. The designer put her Cloak and Dagger line on hold to focus on her two stores and online shop, but by spring she’ll be using a workshop in the back of her new digs to create ‘30s and ‘40s-inspired items that “really flatter women and really get results in terms of compliments.”
There’ll be an opening party Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The dress code, per one of Starnes’s go-to hashtags and the neon sign in the back, is “cuteshit.”