Rachel Comey was reading The Candy House by Jennifer Egan when this pre-spring collection was set up in her Broadway showroom early this summer. We were talking books because she’d worked up a collaboration with the New York Review of Books— “the country’s most successful intellectual journal,” according to the New York Times—splicing up and printing a handful of recent covers for a slip dress, a camp shirt and midi skirt look, a pantsuit, and, yes, a tote bag. Her friend Leanne Shapton is the art editor of the magazine, and the connection via which the project came about.
Comey is a wardrober to New York’s creative class. Her name may not come up in discussions of the red carpet, but you’ll see her pieces in the closets and on the backs of writers, artists, and downtown performers. The author Sheila Heti’s name appears on one of those NYROB covers and she’s a friend and client, too.
Since this collection lands in stores and online at the end of the year—sales on her e-commerce site have never been bigger, Comey reports—she zeroed in on cold-weather knits and practical, but still statement-making outerwear. Sweaters run the gamut from pastel jacquard sets to cozy crewnecks and cardigans with a homemade feel. On the jacket front, there’s a glossy black puffer (don’t miss the pneumatic collar) and a hooded brown shearling.
For the holiday season, Comey likes the look of lace, in the form of a plunge front maxi dress picked out in sequins and easy mix-and-match separates, which she showed with strappy slingbacks covered in tufts of black feathers. Even cerebral NYROB subscribers need a pair of party shoes.