Brooklyn – Cobble Hill
385 Henry St at Verandah Pl
Temah DeFranco's month-old boutique is a study in contradictions: The name hints at a shop purveying rugged, indestructible goods, but the offerings are anything but rough-hewn. DeFranco calls her approach "going back to the basics in quality" and says that the name "suggests items that are entrenched in history, yet are still functional." To that end, the seductive offerings for men, women, children and the home are a sensualist's dream come true. Keeping the inventory pared to the essentials, she stocks luxury brands that are worth the investment, including Hanro underwear for men and women ($40 and up), Ilux socks ($20--$33 pair), Voluspa candles ($18--$29) and the French organic skin-care line Patyka ($24--$59).
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