Brazil in NYC
by David Kaufman, 03/21/2012
Photo: Jussara Lee® 2012, Marko Dashev
60 Bedford St., 212-242-4128, West Village, Manhattan
With her Brazilian provenance and Asian heritage, Jussara Lee epitomizes the increasingly global nature of Brazil's booming creative class. In business for more than two decades, Lee is beloved by stylish sophisticates for her expert eye toward fabrics and tailoring. Much like her West Village atelier, Lee keeps her annual output tight and focused—just one collection each year—along with a bespoke and bridal service for her most devoted fans. Suiting is a specialty, with well-cut jackets and pants hewn from wool or mohair, accented by cashmere coats and cardigans or cotton blouses. Menswear is architecturally inspired and detail rich: dark wool suits with delicate white topstitching, ultra-luxe cashmere sweaters, suit buttons hewn from Amazonian hardwoods. With the space's understated and elegant design ethic, Lee's atelier is the kind of place that lets the clothes speak for themselves.