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July 23, 2008

Sandy, Scarlett, Roni and Rootchi

Filed under: Fashion — Francesca @ 8:52 am

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.

Sandy Starkman dress, available in sizes 18W and 20W at Neiman Marcus.

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:

Roni Rabl

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!

Happy shopping,



  1. No fair!! I want that dress but there’s no way in $#!@ I’m going to be able to afford it. Sad. :-(

    Comment by VerseFameBeauty — July 23, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

  2. Okay can I just point out that nothing annoys me more than to see skinny models modeling plus size clothing. Particularly when they put a plus size outfit on her, which is 5 times too big so basically she looks like she’s drowning in it.
    If you are going to sell plus size clothing at least have the balls to give the plus girls some work.
    I only mention this because of the picture you posted and the website for the clothing store are both guilty of this. Roman’s who has great clothes has an entire catalog devoted to this ridiculour practice.

    Comment by FrustratedFashionist — July 25, 2008 @ 10:07 am

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