Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Sophistikate


Sophistikate (574 Main Street Bethlehem - the corner of Broad & Main Streets) is opening this weekend, adding a new dimension to shopping on Main Street in Bethlehem.

I visited with Kate Falasca last week and got a sneak preview of her new women's boutique. There were already of-the-moment clothes on the racks and shelves! She's picked out items by Parameter, Three Dots, Nicole Miller, Autumn Cashmere, Ted Dufresne, Beth Bowley (a brand I love that's sold at Anthropologie - I miss shopping at its Georgetown and Rockville locations), perfect-fit DL1961 Jeans, and Charlotte Tarantola. The store will also offer bags by Magnes Sisters and jewelery by QVC darling Kenneth Jay Lane. She opened a huge box of new Cosabella lingerie while we were there, tearing into it like it was Christmas morning, cooing over the designs and fabrics. One pair of leggings looks like a pair of jeans! There's a selection of clothing in every price range, and in many (real) sizes.

You'll find only a couple of the lines she's carrying on racks in other retail stores in the Valley (Loose Threads Boutique and Sage are two of them), and the items she has are different from those you'll find even in those stores.

Kate has personally selected each item for the store, and has a story to go along with each piece or designer. She has earned her stripes working for Nicole Miller and retail stores, and really knows her stuff. The store is perfect for anyone who shops online for designer clothes, or makes occasional pilgrimages to their favorite stores in SoHo or South Street in Philly. It's also a great place to find an outfit for a special occasion; if it doesn't fit you right off the hanger, the tailor from Sew On and Sew Forth (85 E. Broad Street Bethlehem) is on call to make it work. Kate will also place special orders and help you find the perfect thing if you don't see it in the store.

The building's prime location should bring incidental tourist traffic, but it's worth the trip. If you've been around a while, you might remember when "the Alphagraphics building" burned in 2005. A new building replaced it, then plans for Serpico Mediterranean and Pangaea Champagne and Sushi Lounge fell through. Sophistikate is the building's first tenant (other than its owner's office suite upstairs). Check out the store's web site - it's beautifully-designed and very informative.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, no! JEGGINGS have invaded the Lehigh Valley? Say it ain't so!!!!

    Best of luck to Kate. I look forward to visiting her store even if I refuse to even entertain the idea of jeggings...

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  2. I know what a ridiculous name for a denim. We were actually trying to think of a different name for them in the store...

    But what can I say, they are our #1 seller so we LOVE them! Who would have thought?

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