Park Avenue is lined with boutiques and shops that are filled with delectable denim, marvelous maxi dresses and bedazzled bangles that appear to have come straight from the shops of Bangladesh.
There is no surprise, though, that students attempting to pinch every penny should be warned to stay away. The quality of goods found on the Avenue are exquisite; however, the prices are not always as appealing.
That is, until now, eager fashionistas. A new project, a dainty little heaven of charm, trend and affordability, has arrived. Its name is Charyli (pronounced “Charlie”).
A treasure box located between the Gap and Starbucks, Charyli is offering a taste of something different thanks to owner, mother of four and eager entrepreneur Lisa West. Who says different cannot be absolutely fabulous?
The grand opening on the evening of Jan. 26 was a feast for the eyes. Bottles of bubbly and hors d’oeuvres from Thai Orchard fed the hungry mothers and daughters who crowded into the space for a look at the designs stepping out for the up and coming Spring collections. Fringe tops, bohemian skirts and all types of denim were displayed next to peacock feather vase arrangements and rustic centerpieces.
West describes her newest creation as very “Soho inspired,” and upon entering the shop, this seems accurate. Combat boots, denim cutoffs, rosette clutches and industrial leather wrap bracelets make customers greedy for more.
Charyli offers name brand designers such as BCBG Generation and Free People, as well as an assortment of accessories encompassing tribal and global influences. The eye candy of clothing and accessories alongside the factor of affordability is the mantra behind Charyli.
“There is nothing in the shop over $200,” West said, which allows Charyli to concoct a new vision for shoppers and lovers of Park Avenue — a more wallet conscious vision, that is.
In the mood for a trip to Soho? Save yourself the hassle of jetting off on a plane — head to Park Avenue and take a dip into Charyli. And hey, you will be happy to reach for that AMEX with that bit of green you just saved.