EVA is a modern clothing boutique that recently moved from Nolita to -- where else?? -- The Bowery. With stark white walls, florescent light fixtures and boxy display rooms, the store aesthetic is gallery-inspired. Owner Stephanie Pappas has selected a handful of brands with an international, creative edge that look right at home in the slick minimalist space. Anchored by visionary labels like Vivienne Westwood and (arriving soon) Helmut Lang, the store also features newer lines like Henrick Vibskov (Copenhagen), C Neon (Berlin), Burfitt (Paris), Rodebjer (Sweden), TV (Australia), Telfar (NY) and Blaque Label (US), among others. The assortment is heavy on black and gray, but there are punches of bright color, too: an airy butterfly-shaped dress by Henrik Vibskov is a rich rose color and there are some wildly patterned harem pants and electric blue tent blouses.

EVA's jewelry and accessories are similarly progressive. Hanging in the back room of the store are necklaces by Saltalamacchia, a new jewelry line made of long interwoven strands of horsehair, yarn and thin chains...Tiffany's it ain't. There are some other quirky pieces perched in display cubes near the register, like the wicked feather hair barrette and shell earrings, pictured above.

Pappas curates her shop with a focus on artsy designs that are fun and hip but above all, well-made. This philosophy includes hosting art installations that will rotate and sell in the store. The first presentation is a photo exhibition by Cecilia Jurado entitled "Oral Fixation," a series of blurred supermodel close-ups and Swiss chocolate bars wrapped in these images. The show will open the night of March 8th... and feature a model covered in chocolate for the occasion.

EVA
355-A Bowery
(212) 925-3890
www.evanewyork.net


Photos by Rebecca Prusinowski