It will be fascinating to see how the Main Line responds to Kirna Zabête, just open near La Colombe in the new Bryn Mawr Village.
Because its 3,000 square feet are unlike anything we’ve seen in these parts. (And you know we get around.)
Kirna Zabête (KEER nah Zah BETT) is an exuberant paean to high fashion.
A boutique for serious fashionistas that – with touches of warmth and whimsy – doesn’t take itself too seriously.
If it looks like a trendy emporium you’d stumble upon in SoHo, well, that’s because it is.
Its downtown NYC flagship and East Hampton offshoot count fancy folks like Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Seinfeld among its fans.
Who will be their Main Line counterparts? Hard to say. But they’re sure to be well-heeled – and we do mean that literally. This is a luxury fashion house, after all.
Note to those less flush: lots of truly nifty gifts and notions can be had for under $100.
Owner is Beth Buccini, 45, a warm and charming UVA grad and former New York Magazine fashion editor who regularly made best-dressed lists in NYC.
Beth and sorority sis Sarah Easley opened the first Kirna Zabête in SoHo in 1999, when they were just 27. (The store combines their college nicknames – Zabête being French for Elizabeth.) Kirna, aka Sarah, has since moved on, but Zabête is full speed ahead. A Palm Beach outpost will open next year.
So what prompts a SoHo-slick store to expand to our fair ’burb?
Convenience and opportunity.
Six years ago, Beth and her real estate magnate hubby, Chris Buccini, moved their brood to a 130-acre former dairy farm in Chadds Ford. (For a peek at the fam’s smashing new manse, pick up this month’s Harper’s Bazaar.)
The four Buccini kids, ages 7 to 13, attend the same Main Line prep school. And that’s where Beth got to talking with her new suburban pals. Turns out they loved high fashion but hated the mall.
“I saw how these women were dressing,” Beth tells SAVVY. “They all look great but they’ve been underestimated.”
What the Main Line lacked, in Beth’s opinion, was an “interesting women’s fashion experience.” Busy local gals may be “running around in yoga clothes or jeans,” Beth says, “but many will splurge on a special designer bag or shoe.”
Hence, KZ’s pretty-in-pink accessories salon – where Mansur Gavriel bags start at $345 and the shoes are sorted by designer label, e.g. Chloe, Aquazurra, Gianvita Rossi.
Unlike most Main Line boutiques that buy stateside, Beth’s team hits Paris, Milan and London to find “the best edits” of the “best designers of today and tomorrow.” As a result, KZ carries “more than 50 designers no one else around here has,” Beth says.
If you’re a gal who knows Mother jeans are nothing like Mom jeans, that RE/DONE Levis are having a moment, and that Golden Goose is today’s “it” sneaker, KZ’s right up your fashion alley.
If not, stop by and get educated.
Kirna Zabête is at 915 Lancaster Ave. in the new Bryn Mawr Village, 610-581-77771.
Danley is located just one block from one of the hottest markets of the Main Line: Bryn Mawr’s Lancaster Avenue. Danley is literally a few minutes’ walk to restaurants, boutiques, shops, the commuter train, arts and culture, spas and salons and world-class healthcare. Despite its proximity, this new community of 28 townhomes is still in a quiet, tree lined, charming historic neighborhood, nestled within a landscaped enclaved. Literally nothing else compares on the market today.LaColombe is one of several new hot spots opening at Bryn Mawr Village, just one block walk from Danley.
“Supply and Demand” is the second law driving prices of real estate. When supply is limited and demand is high, prices inevitably rise. At Danley this axiom is self-evident. Demand is strong for the limited supply of just 28 luxurious townhomes as baby boomers seek to downsize while still desiring a prestigious Main Line address. Others seek a less expensive, maintenance-free lifestyle that is not dependent on a car. Already, Phase One is over 50% sold out in just a couple of months since the opening of the decorated model home. Once gone, there won’t be any more built in this dream location. Prices will rise as supply disappears which makes a Danley townhome a terrific investment for the future.
The days of being a slave to managing and paying for upkeep of a big home are over! With sales brisk and word-of-mouth spreading the great news about the resurgence in eateries and hot retail development taking place and planned, national developers and retail operators are buying up property to accommodate the influx of consumers spending time and money in this quaint, charming and elegant community that now seamlessly blends with the coolest vibe. Many are calling Bryn Mawr the “Tribeca of the Main Line.”
Danley can be visited every day noon until 6 PM. See virtual models, pricing and floorplans at www.danleytownhomes.com or call 484-402-3300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Priced from the upper $500’s. Contact us today!
To build a neighborhood more people want to live in, design it for people without cars.Ben Schiller | Fast Company Magazine
These days, more and more people want to ditch their cars and walk to work, school, or shops. While many people still argue that we should be designing cities—and all of society—for a culture of driving, it turns out that “walkable urbanism” is highly prized by the market, judged by the premiums people are willing to pay to live within walking distance of essential services.
Being on vacation brings a carefree sensibility. Not having to drive and park everywhere is such a liberated feeling. Imagine living your life that way every day! Imagine the convenience of being able to walk everywhere and not have to drive and look for a parking place or feed the parking meter. Imagine spur-of-the-moment living, and not having to plan the day – just living it.
Bryn Mawr’s newest community, Danley, offers exactly such convenience and spontaneity. Located just one block from Lancaster Avenue in the heart of the Main Line, Danley is situated in a pleasant, pedestrian scaled neighborhood and walkable to everything needed in literally minutes.
You can start the day with a walk to Starbuck’s for a coffee, then head to Mom’s Organic Market for some fresh produce and have lunch at Tango. Relax with a good book at the newly renovated Ludington Library. Stroll over to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to enjoy a new film, take in a lecture or concert at Bryn Mawr college. Turn the key in your door, leave your car in the garage, and walk a block or two to any number of fabulous restaurants. Or you can walk five minutes and catch the R5 to Philadelphia for the evening. How appealing is that?
Danley offers brand new construction with beautiful appointments and spaciousness plus the accessibility to everything needed. This is the perfect fit for a convenient and spontaneous lifestyle.
Phew! It’s been a busy few weeks at Danley. Our sales team has been overwhelmed with calls, emails and visitors to our newly-opened sales center. Everyone is intrigued by our Dovetail Carriage Homes which look like charming twins but actually are end-unit townhomes in a dovetail configuration. Now that the stairs are installed and the weather has been cooperating we’ve been able to walk prospective buyers through the framed models. The views from the bedroom level of the Hayden are amazing. The Owner’s suite is fabulous; one of the highlights is the enormous walk-in closet that is beyond compare. Our sales team has easily been doing 10,000 steps on our Fit-bits as we now are able to walk people through these exciting homes that are under construction.