Above: Fashionable selections from the store’s French exhibition.
Over the span of Lisa Lori’s long career in PR, she has been fortunate enough to work with a variety of prominent brands in industries ranging from retail to beauty and fragrance. But all the while, she dreamed of opening her own store. In bringing her passion project to life with the brand new Perfect Provenance, Lisa focused on creating an inclusive and intimate concept store, complete with treasures collected by a team with years of travel and scouting expertise.
A combined art gallery, café and boutique filled with carefully selected apparel, design finds and home goods all coexist in a space that encourages customers to discover global products and find inspiration in the museum-like setting. A smaller selection of artisan collections offers an in-store alternative to the dizzying cycle of fast fashion and online shopping.
The art and merchandise will reflect a single theme, with four to five planned exhibitions per year. For her debut showcase, Lisa looked to France with We’ll Always Have Paris. Fashion and accessories from designers like Vanessa Bruno, Perrin Paris and Robert Clergerie will be stocked alongside vintage posters, while a French menu will be ready for those looking to stay for a bite. Throughout the year custom pieces designed for The Smile Collection will also be available, with a portion of profits donated to Operation Smile.
In executing her vision of this old-fashioned business approach, Lisa has found the ideal location in the 1912 Victorian home she’s worked to restore to its original glory. The transformed interior sets a welcoming tone for The Perfect Provenance: a traditional brick-and-mortar space with a fresh atmosphere. 47 Arch Street, 203-900-1131; theperfectprovenance.com
Portrait by William Taufic; Interiors by Venera Alexandrova