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Calliope

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10 Questions with Calliope store co-owner and creator Caroline Ventura

What’s in the name Calliope?

CV: She was a Greek muse of eloquence and poetry. Supposedly she was the muse Homer looked to when he wrote The Iliad. It’s also a weird ass looking pipe organ on wheels, so that’s fun.

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What was the concept behind the space?

CV: We have a multi-use building in which both our studios (Michael’s design practice Sub Rosa, and Caroline’s gold smithing project BRVTVS) reside, as well as a gallery space next to Calliope, and also our home. We wanted to create a welcoming space where people could come and shop without the “seriousness” of other stores. We sell home goods, it shouldn’t be some stuffy place that you’re afraid to walk into and are scared to touch things.

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A Handbag Designer, a Dog, & the West Village

This former stylist and accessories editor is now designing her own line of luxury handbags made with exotic skins and surprising colors which reflect where she finds her inspiration, most recently from a trip to India. With a new store opening this fall in the West Village it goes without saying she went from showing us what is cool to making something cool.

I met up with Khirma at her work studio in the Village recently to see the new space and collection, talk boys and fashion mags, and, over dirty martinis, why we love NY in the fall.

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It’s the perfect time of year for afternoons at cafes and city walks in trench coats…

(James in a Burberry trench outside Tartine in the West Village)

Have a wonderful spring weekend!

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An empty garden in the West Village

West Village, NY

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