Rachel Comey is reading The Candy House Jennifer Egan’s early spring collection, in her Broadway showroom earlier this summer display. We talk about books because she teamed up with the New York Review of Books — “America’s most successful academic journal,” according to The New York Times — stitched together into a suspender dress, a A camping shirt and midi skirt look, a trouser suit, and, yes, a tote bag designed and printed on some recent covers. Her friend, Leanne Shapton, is the magazine’s art editor and the nexus that arose from the project.
Comey is a fashionista of New York’s creative class. Her name might not be in red carpet discussions, but you’ll see her work in closets and on the backs of writers, artists, and downtown performers. The author, Sheila Heti, whose name appears on one of the NYROB covers, is also a friend and client.
Since the collection hit stores and online at the end of the year — sales on her e-commerce site have never been greater, Comey reports — she’s focused on cold-weather knitwear and A practical jacket that still makes a statement. Sweaters range from soft jacquard suits to cozy crew necks and cardigans with a homemade feel. On the front of the jacket, there’s a glossy black down jacket (don’t miss the inflatable collar) and a hooded brown shearling.
For the holiday season, Comey loves the look of lace, in the form of a forward-leaning maxi dress picked in sequins and simple mix-and-match pieces, which she showcased with black feathers Cluster of lace-up backs. Even BrainNYROB subscribers need a pair of party shoes.