Founded by a Parsons graduate who later teamed up with her sisters (thus, the brand name is "sisters" spelled backwards), this burgeoning line has a very unique flair for old-fashioned style with a distinctly modern twist.
Designer Pim Sukhahuta -- who has since moved from New York back to her native Thailand -- has a certain quirky, girlish charm to her designs, from ruffled asymmetrical shoulders to tea party dresses to full-on regal gowns. Every piece has a statement-making appeal (the eye-catching color of a dress, the equestrian-inspired cut of a jacket, the frothy layers on a skirt, etc.), which is what always makes a good designer worth paying attention to.
The other half of the design team is Pim's sister and fellow Parsons alum, Matina, who creates all the accessories for the label with a similar eye toward retro-inspired silhouettes. Rounding out the Sretsis team is a third sister, Kly, who oversees marketing for the brand.
For Fall 2009, the sisters have taken M.C. Escher's morphing diamond "Metamorphosis Series" as inspiration for a decidedly dreamy, fantastical line that toes the line between old-fashioned chic and avant-garde dressing -- a combination that's sure to turn heads downtown.
Sretsis is available at:
Albertine, 13 Christopher Street in the West Village
Blueberi, 143 Front Street in Brooklyn
Odin, 328 East 11th in the East Village
TG170, 170 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side
... for more locations, check out stretsis.com