Shopping Around: January
While many of us consider Europeans to be arbiters of style and good taste, in fact, our classic All-American sensibility is sought-after overseas. So much so that Swedish brand lexington clothing co.—often dubbed the Ralph Lauren of Europe—is carried in more than 900 stores in Europe and Asia. Now they’ve brought their Scandinavian interpretation of New England elegance (the company is named for Lexington, Massachusetts) to the States, first with an East Hampton store and now a new outpost in Greenwich. The high-end lifestyle collection extends to clothing and housewares, including a bedding line with cotton sateen and flannel sheets, lined wool blankets as well as towels, rugs, tablecloths, plates and kitchenware. Store manager Lori Crowley says that the preppy, Oxford-cloth bedding has been especially popular for boys’ rooms. The clothing designs echo the casual comfort and quality material of the home goods, from the softest suede shirts to cotton-cashmere pullovers, silk tunics as well as tweedy jackets, parkas and flannel shirts for men and women, all sold in an inviting, come-in-from-the-cold space. 73 Greenwich Ave.; lexingtoncompany.com
A Perfect Pairing
Searching for new, unusual wines and great values? Whether you want a fruit-forward pinot noir for under $15 or you’re coveting bottles to age in your cellar, winewise offers a rich selection. Under new owners Larry Rutkowski and Susan McCabe, WineWise brings special expertise to Greenwich customers with Marta Marchetti-Kandl, who has a Diploma of Wine and Spirits (DWS) from the International Wine Center, directing operations. Marta says she’s excited to help customers experience new wines and also introduce them to biodynamic wines that use special natural methods, including timing the vinification to the cycles of the moon and treating vines with herb-and-root tinctures to promote health. For investment-grade buyers, WineWise houses special wines in a temperature- and humidity-controlled vault; and for bargain hunters, there’s a value section of twenty wines under $25 that are rated at 90 points or above. Tastings will be held every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
While customers are shopping, they can also browse the new jewelry and accessories boutique attached to the shop, vintage and vines, with designs created by Susan McCabe. A lifelong collector of vintage costume jewelry, Susan turns signed and named brooches from the ’50s into statement-making necklaces, earrings, belts and other stylish pieces. She scours estate sales and auctions and travels around Europe to treasure-hunt for Weiss, Eisenberg, Juliana and other lines. 122 East Putnam Ave., 203-340-2440; winewisegreenwich.com
Good taste is spreading, as the boutique and café called the drawing room has expanded, opening a new location dedicated to design. Owners Kenleigh and Michael LaRock transformed the space that was Sharkey’s into an elegant home furnishings store. “We’re super excited. We’ve always wanted to be on the Post Road with windows to dress,” says Kenleigh. “The focus here is much more on housewares and representing furniture lines we like,” including custom upholstered pieces (choose the fabric, nailheads and wood finish) that can be delivered in just four weeks. In the new open space, colorful vignettes lure you in to take a closer look at the chairs, pillows, sofas, sideboards, rugs and more; the space really shows off the couple’s ability to put a room together.
The Drawing Room’s café crowd can still enjoy the finger sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, tea and scones at the original location, which will now house an art gallery, a space available for parties and special events. Kenleigh’s sister Cameron Schmitz, a curator and painter, will help to bring in midrange art, discovering artists before they “explode,” so that people can get in at a better price point. “We want to make art fun and accessible and to take away that intimidation factor,” says Mike. 220 East Putnam Ave. and 5 Suburban Ave., Cos Cob, 203-661-3737; thedrawingroom.cc