06.14.2013 / Babel babble

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A great little Nolita boutique called Babel Fair opened last week, carrying international brands that you won’t find elsewhere in NYC – ashborn Jeans out of Korea, Alessa from Brazil and Paris-based Rime Arodaky, from a former assistant designer at Sonia Rykiel.

What the store’s owner Erica Kiang does especially well is slip non-branded product that she finds around the world into the mix, like a rabbit fur vest from Bolivia or a traditional, hand-loomed top from Mexico. An ostrich leather bag from South Africa is trendy enough, but it’s also exceptionally cheap, having been found locally by one of several trend scouts around the world feeding style info back to Kiang.

The cowhide bag below, made in Bolivia, goes for $249.

POSTED BY CLAIRE HAMILTON, RETAIL & EVENTS EDITOR WGSN

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