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Jussara Lee

I met Jussara Lee 11 years ago at her perfectly appointed minimally furnished shop on Little West 12th Street. This was before the Meat-packing district had become another retail destination and I lived a couple of blocks away. A camouflage blazer would be my first hand tailored purchase from her shop and to this day, still one of my favorites. Not only because of how I feel when I wear it, but because it’s so incredibly beautiful to look at the stitching, the working buttons on the sleeves and it was made for me! Jussara Lee’s heritage is Korean but her parents immigrated to Brazil and she grew up with fashion on her mind. Even as a child, she would take apart the outerwear that her parents would bring home and restructure and tailor the clothes into something that she deemed stylish.

In 1991 Jussara launched her signature line of highly structured clothing based on fit, proportion and craftsmanship and Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s soon placed orders. Japan and Hong Kong soon followed and the line began to grow at a rapid pace. After many years of designing collections for mass production, she decided to scale down and get back to what she originally started out doing, making beautiful hand made clothing and perfecting her patterns one by one.

Pants from the men’s Spring/Summer collection with top stitch pocket detail

The new shop at the corner of Bedford and Morton Streets in Greenwich Village is sparingly furnished with classic pieces from Espasso by famed Brazilian furniture designer Sergio Rodriques. The Bianca chest functions as a working counter to pin clothing and as a standing desk while the Katita lounge chair and Mac side table with glass top give the shop a warm, relaxed feeling.

Sergio Rodrigues Bianca chest of drawers from Espasso
Custom hanger detail

The thoughtfulness that Jussara places on every single item down to the custom charcoal cotton jersey wrapped hangers that are each stitched by hand is evident throughout the shop. There are no scratchy labels inside shirt collars, instead she sews a hand screen-printed soft cotton band inside of each garment. All of the clothing is made locally in Long Island City and in the shop.

In my bespoke camouflage jacket with Jussara

A special thank you to Jussara for spending an afternoon with me and sharing her new collection!
Jussara Lee 60 Bedford Street New York, NY 10014 Telephone 212-242-4128

15 Responses to “Jussara Lee”

  1. Elizabeth W

    Love this post Andy and I will definitely be visiting her shop when I am in New York next time.

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  2. thegildedowl

    So Glad Elizabeth!  You will love the shop and Jusssara.

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  3. Elisabeth Weiss

    What a beautiful post. I love the photographs and the bespoke jacket is superb!!!!!! Must stop by soon again

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    • Andy

       Elisabeth, glad you enjoyed the post and photographs!  Thank you.

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  4. Supreet Sidhu

    Nice work! I finally get to see your shop through the blog Jussara 🙂

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    • thegildedowl

      Thanks for your comments and for following The Gilded Owl!

      Reply
  5. Rita

    Parabens,
    O  espaço esta  super charmoso .
    Estamos com saudades.
    Rita e Paulo

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  6. MAYA MOURA

    BEAUTIFUL , CONGATULATIONS !!!!!!
    GREAT NEW SPACE AND CONCEPT

    MAYA MOURA

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    • thegildedowl

      It really is a beautiful space to accent the incredible clothing.  Thanks for commenting!

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  7. Romy

    Thank you for posting… Jussara made my (two) wedding dress(es) and some pants and a suit for me… these are forever pieces and she is a forever friend.

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    • thegildedowl

      That’s so wonderful and thank you for your response!  I have two bespoke jackets and a pair of pants Jussara made for me that will always be classics and she is a dear friend.  Thanks for your comment!

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    • thegildedowl

      Thanks so much for your comment!  The clothing and shop are truly one of a kind!

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  8. Nancye

    Jussara is an original – talented and committed to the details. She is at the top of her game in this magical new place. Of course every detail is considered and it is just fun to be there. You captured her, the BEAUTIFUL clothes and the place perfectly!

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    • thegildedowl

      Nancye, thank you so much for your response!  I completely agree and there’s no one quite like Jussara Lee in my opinion.  An original and super talented designer that I have always admired.  Best to you, Andy

      Reply

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