Saori Kuno is more than a storeowner. She’s a curator. To form the compendium of vintage selections at Rabbits, she has searched far and wide. “My clothes come from all over — I source from Europe, Japan, all over the U.S.,” she explains. “I research everything in order keep up with current trends.” It shows. Every piece at the cozy South Williamsburg shop is a gem, a treasure without the hunt. Eras intermingle, with lamé from the 1980s cheek-by-jowl with gorgeously preserved linen bloomers from the ’40s. A-line skirts look like they came right off the set of the Donna Reed Show (and who knows — they might have), while boots with flashy buckles and fitted Western shirts make it mighty tempting to pursue a badass urban Annie Oakley look. Allow time for a chat with Kuno, who more often than not keeps shop herself. She’s a goldmine of fashion advice, not to mention good company.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014