Best of Connecticut 2010: Style


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Westport, (203) 255-9099
Designer Label Consignment (DLC) is still wowing us with its well-edited selection of great “gently worn” designer clothing and accessories. Owner Mary O’Toole is “very picky” and accepts only items in impeccable condition—with names like Guc­ci, Tory Burch and Pucci, as well as midrange names like Tahari and Splendid, and a whole rack of designer jeans. What really sets DLC apart is the separate room of menswear. It’s long been a truism that you can’t sell men’s clothes on consignment because guys wear their clothes into the ground. But O’Toole has found some who don’t, who are partial to Zegna and Thomas Pink apparently.


Peter Indorf Jewelers
New Haven, (203) 776-4833, and Madison, (203) 245-5700 (
Let’s say you have a special gem you want showcased in a ring, and need someone with the designer and jeweler skills to make it a reality. Enter Peter Indorf, a master craftsman who can create a custom ring that will make your hand the envy of all. Starting with a complimentary initial consultation, Indorf diligently works with customers to take jewelry designs from conception through design and creation to completion, no matter the complexity of the piece. Peter Indorf also makes other custom pieces and provides appraisal documentation.


New Haven, (203) 498-2626 (
Whether you’re looking for a gown for a ball, a smoking-hot party frock or a sophisticated cocktail dress, this is the place to find it. Mother-and-daughter team Pansy and Keisha Blake stock the shop with top designers like Nicole Miller, Chloé, Yolanda Arce, Juan Carlos Piñera, Marc Bower, Betsey Johnson and Hervé Léger, as well as up-and-coming designers from all over the world. They also carry chic accessories—evening purses, wraps, scarves and long gloves—the perfect finishing touch.


Multiple locations, (800) CALL-EYE (
Want the latest in eyewear fashion? Look no further than your nearest OptiCare boutique  At any of the 18 locations across the state you’ll find up-to-the-minute styles from a bevy of top designers—names like Kate Spade, Coach, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Oakley and Maui Jim. What’s great is that this is basically one-stop shopping for your eyes. There are both ophthalmologists and optometrists on-site, so you can have your annual eye exam here, have any problems attended to and, of course, get your glasses—and sunglasses—too.


The Bowerbird
Old Lyme, (860) 434-3562 (
You may not leave The Bowerbird with the exact gift you had in mind to honor that birthday/shower/wedding/holiday/blue moon. That’s the great thing about a store with an inventory 10,000 items strong—you can peruse the entire line of Vera Bradley accessories (it’s here), all the gourmet foods, designer jewelry, games and baby toys, home and garden accents and greeting cards from more than 60 companies, and still not make a decision. Our suggestion? Strap in and enjoy the ride. Whatever you do choose, it’s sure to have class.


Westport, (203) 222-7500 (
This sliver of a jewel shop is definitely a must-stop in Westport. Owner Sarah Kaplan, once a buyer for Neiman Marcus and Barneys, has a tastemaker’s eye for beautiful, unique things, and the jewelry here is truly exceptional. The Jewel Box offers a diverse collection of beautifully displayed original pieces, at a wide range of price points (literally from $20 to $20,000), by over 200 artists and vendors from across the country—names such as Me & Ro, Dana Kellin, Bounkit, Gerard Yosca, Kara Ross and Steven Vaubel—as well as Connecticut designers Ann Lightfoot, In 2 Designs and Asha.


Peter Suchy Jewelers
Stamford, (203) 327-0024 (
Peter Suchy is the largest estate and antique jewelry dealer in Connecticut and, with over 28 years in the business, Suchy knows his stuff. His collection—over 10,000 pieces—includes exquisite rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and timepieces in gold, platinum, diamonds and colored gemstones. He’s got Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro, including many signed pieces from such luminaries as Tiffany, Van Cleef, Cartier, Patek, Rolex and Mikimoto. Check out the website for helpful info on buying diamonds, identifying the best-quality gemstones and so on.


The Barn
Bridgeport, (203) 334-3396 (
The Barn was the place to buy simple fabric 50 years ago and it’s still going strong in the old “Hollow” neighborhood where it began. It’s changed a bit over the years—now it’s the greatest place to find luxurious designer fabrics as well as ready-made and custom window treatments, bedding and pillows, and all at reasonable prices. The key to its success: good old-fashioned service provided by an incredibly pleasant and knowledgeable staff.

Best of Connecticut 2010: Style

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