Katye Stanzak suffered serious culture shock when she moved to the Main Line from the West Coast. “I found the shopping to be lacking,” says Stanzak. “There were a lot of boutiques in the area carrying similar designers and styles.”
So she opened KatyeK in April, filling its racks with a selection of clothes from the designers who inspire her. “I wanted to carry different styles and accessories that stand out,” she says. “When I do the buying for the store, I trust my instincts.”
Stanzak invests in quality basics, which explains the emphasis on jeans. She’s “obsessed” with Genetic Denim’s “great fit and quality”—and a girl can’t go wrong with a fabulous pair from William Rast or People’s Liberation. For those who prefer a price point below $100, there’s Blank, which Stanzak lauds for its “affordability and its ability to flatter a variety of shapes.”
KatyeK also stocks print tees by Lauren Moshi (favored by the Hollywood celebs), flowy silks from Tucker by Gabby, chic hoodies by husband-and-wife team Mike & Chris, and horoscope T-shirts from e.vil.
There’s also an assortment of items for little guys and girls, including adorable hand-stitched tees from Amy Tangerine, leather booties from Robeez and whimsical, vintage dresses by Green Pomegranate made from recycled cottons, vintage linens and other antique materials.
510 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; (610) 525-5552, katyek.com.