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New York streetwear designer Daryl Kerrigan, better known as Daryl K, closed her iconic New York store in March of this year and said she was "taking a break from retail for the time being." Signs of life began to show in October, she launched a lower-priced line with Urban Outfitters, with items priced between $59 and $139. But it looks like her signature high-end line is also making a comeback, too.
After a chance meeting with Steven Alan at the Met's Prada-Schiaparelli exhibit, she's resurfaced with a resort 2013 capsule collection that's now available in Steven Alan boutiques and on the brand's website.
As Kerrigan explains on the Steven Alan blog: "We just bumped into one another and hadn't seen each other for a long, long time. Steven knew I'd just closed my store and asked me what I was doing, I told him 'I'm just figuring it out,' because I didn't have any immediate plans, and he was like, 'Hey, why don't we do something together?' We just met up within a few days and planned it."
Items include a seersucker shirt in black and coral ($248), a stretch silk blazer ($565), stretch silk jodhpurs ($370), a tie-dye dress ($525), and a version of the famous Daryl K leather leggings ($795). She's also designed two shoes for the collection: cowboy-style ankle boots for $438, and a patent Chelsea boot for $406. You can shop the whole collection here.
On the topic of returning to retail, Kerrigan has this to say: "I've run my own business for a long time and handled way too many aspects of it, out of necessity. I'm really enjoying working with Steven because what I want to do is create the clothes and style the shoots. I would rather not take care of every aspect of the business. That was fine to start, and it's a great learning experience. My collab with Steven works well also because it allows me to have direct contact with the customer, which has always been very valuable to me as a designer."
· Introducing Daryl K + Steven Alan [Steven Alan/blog]
· Does Daryl K's Collection for Urban Outfitters Signal a Return of Her Brand? [Racked]