Two weeks ago, Francesca asked readers in New York to please identify a big-girl store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side which Francesca had passed by in a hurry. A reader named Sarah kindly identified the store as Rootchi, which has its website here.
In perusing the Rootchi website, Francesca found that they carry the clothes of designer Sandy Starkman, who makes some of Francesca’s favorite skirts (though his men’s line is, frankly, hideous). His designs are also available in Plus sizes at Neiman Marcus and at Bloomingdales.
They also carry the entire collection of a designer of whom Francesca had never heard, but who she thinks deserves some attention. Roni Rabl creates a variety of styles exclusively from knit fabrics, which are available at several boutiques around the USA (a list is at her website). They are generally either “loose and flowy” or “drapey and matronly,” depending on one’s age and mood. Her website is here. Francesca noticed many items which would be perfect for the over-30 professional woman, but unfortunately could find only one downloadable photo, of this outfit, which is OK but not the best example:
Not the best example, see? But some of the other items in the last two collections are terrific.
Photo is from Scarlett Plus, a boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thank you, Scarlett Plus!