Melanie’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on February 09, 2017 by Kathleen Harris

Stumped for what to get your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Get inspired by a few of Clos-ette founder Melanie Charlton's favorite things.

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Stuff We Love: Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World

Posted on January 03, 2017 by Kathleen Harris

Amazing is an understatement when describing designer Ken Fulk’s work. He’s known for designing fantastic homes with layered interiors and planning over-the-top parties (like the famous wedding of Napster cofounder Sean Parker in a redwood forest). Ken exudes style and luxury and his incredible book, Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World, pays homage to all that and so much more.

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Store We Love: Veronica Beard

Posted on December 09, 2016 by Kathleen Harris

The second you enter the first ever Veronica Beard store on Madison Avenue in New York City you know you’re in trouble. Not only do you immediately want everything that catches your eye—the Moto jackets, lace peplum tops, gorgeous print dresses, fedoras—you will also feel an insatiable need to redesign your home.

The eponymous designers (sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard) had a vision to create an immersive retail experience within a stunning uptown meets downtown aesthetic. It's like walking into your dream home. "We’ve put so much into creating a space that is not just a shopping destination, but a place where our customers will want to hang out," says Veronica Swanson Beard. Renowned interior designer Carolina de Neufville helped bring the coveted brand to life, filling the boutique with found objects like Turkish kilim rugs, antique mirrors, and leopard print sofas. Subtle but striking details like refined brass and copper racks make all the difference.

Veronica Beard store

In addition to the brand’s on point ready-to-wear collection, shoppers will find the best beauty, accessories and home décor goods like Hunting Season handbags, Kate Young x Tura sunglasses, Commando undergarments, Bluemercury skincare and makeup. Select artwork by Voltz Clarke Gallery artists is for sale as well. One piece that isn’t though: A specially commissioned “I want it all” sign by neon artist Lisa Schulte greets you.

We couldn’t agree more.

Veronica Beard is located at 988 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

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New York Magazine Design Hunting

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Marissa Curren

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Clos-ette Case: Sam Allen

Posted on September 07, 2016 by Kathleen Harris

It can be said with certainty that Sam Allen was born with good taste. The Connecticut-based interior designer was just 19 years old when his career skyrocketed, being tapped to participate in the late Albert Hadley’s “Room With a View” show house. From then, he has been infusing his impeccable style and love for design in his work at his company, Sam Allen Interiors. Here, he shares his style icon, his inspiration, and what his dream closet looks like.

How would you describe your personal style?

I’d say that it’s “fresh traditional.” I like crisp, modern neutrals with a personalized edge, nodding toward trends without being a slave to them. My personal style idol is Brunello Cucinelli; his clothes are so luxurious and beautiful, but there’s strong substance behind his style.

What’s your daily uniform?

As a designer of course my presentation is very important to me, but I’m always so busy that everything has to be streamlined and functional, so I lean towards neutrals. On an average day you’re likely to find me in white APC jeans, cream Common Project sneakers, a white Cucinelli oxford, and always my Rolex Daytona. In the event of a chill I may throw on a v­neck with suede elbow patches.

How does the way you dress inform or inspire your business?

A strong personal style is definitive—it determines your dress, your business, your interiors and your lifestyle. So I’d say it’s more that my personal style influences both my dress and my business. I always pay attention to details, I always try to keep things fresh, and I’m always influenced by the classics. Beyond that .... The color orange is a bit of a signature of mine.

Where do you find inspiration when designing your spaces?

Everything begins with my clients; I get inspired by their lives, their personalities, and their needs. Once I have that information, inspiration is never far behind. I can’t always pinpoint where inspiration has come from—I draw from everything around me. I’m very visual, and I keep a mental catalogue of images from travel, culture, and art. [See one of Sam's projects below.]

What’s the most cherished item in your closet?

Everything by Brunello Cucinelli. His pieces are simple but not plain. Luxurious, but not showy. Understated but lovingly created. You can sense his business philosophy from those details; it’s rooted in humanist philosophy, invested in giving back and making the world a better place. And what would we never find in your closet? I love things that are fun and show personality, but I really just don’t have time for things that don’t work seamlessly into my life.

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If you could design a no­-holds­-barred, no­-budget dream closet for yourself, what would it look like?

I’d model it after a beautiful tailor’s studio in Italy, with lots of Loro Piano men’s suiting fabrics and luxurious suede. I’m visualizing rich wood, natural light and high ceilings.

Whose closet would you love to raid?

Bradley Cooper, JFK, and, of course, Brunello Cucinelli.

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Clos-ette Headlines: Architectural Digest

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Marissa Curren

Read this fab write-up on us in Architectural Digest and Learn how to Organize your Closet like a pro!!

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Clos-ette Headlines: Wall Street Journal

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Marissa Curren

Enter the world of Dressing Rooms, closets as big and more costly than kitchens.

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