In today's age of over-consumption and fast fashion, it's probably safe to say that we all have a little too much stuff — the proof is in our overflowing closets. But just because we've run out of room doesn't mean our will to shop has also reached its limit. Nope, we'll always love a good treasure hunt. Enter Bib & Tuck, the online shop changing the way we consume, and how we think about the shopping industry as a whole. Intrepid entrepreneurs (and BFFs!) Sari Azout and Sari Bibliowicz have created a marketplace for style stars all over the world to trade closets with just the click of a mouse.
We caught up with the beyond-busy execs in their trendy Tribeca neighborhood to find out just what it takes to run a successful business — and find the chicest, vintage duds around. Sari A and Sari B, as they're affectionately known, took us on a tour of their favorite neighborhood haunts, and dished about how they found themselves on the business-end of a growing empire. We visited local bars, noshed at a corner market, and even burned off some cals in the craziest fitness class we've ever seen — all while marveling at their designer wares.
Click through to get an insider's look at the land below Canal Street, and then head over to Bib & Tuck and start shopping away. We've even set you up with your own exclusive invite!
Photographed by Rus Anson
First off, tell us how you met and became such close friends.
"I don’t think we had a choice, we met in kindergarten!"
Sari B wears a Yigal Azrouel skirt and Reformation top. Sari A wears T by Alexander Wang pants, a Reformation top, and a Balenciaga bag.
The first stop is All Good Things, where Sari and Sari come to spend lazy Sundays, noshing on ice cream, and gourmet cheeses — don't forget to try the parmesan shortbread!All Good Things, 102 Franklin Street (at 6th Avenue); 212-966-3663.
What made you decide to start Bib & Tuck?
"We were living with three other friends in the same building in NYC. With no closet space to spare and with the economy taking a nosedive, we started sharing clothes. It was like shopping without spending, and we thought, ‘This is genius, let’s make it a thing.'"
How is your new life as entrepreneurs different from your previous careers?
"Sari A was a trader on Wall Street and Sari B was working for Gilt Groupe’s Jetsetter, so we were both in pretty corporate environments. It’s totally different now. With this job, we’re on 24 hours a day. It’s all about innovation, change, ideas, execution. There’s no manual or rulebook, we’re inventing it all as we go. We’re very passionate about what we’re doing, and this passion is driving our entrepreneurial journey."
What is the hardest thing about running the website? The most rewarding?
"The hardest part is being able to focus. We have so many ideas and we’re just getting started, so it’s all about narrowing them down and executing. The most rewarding is receiving 'love letters' from our members, literally. Getting feedback from our users is what keeps us going."
Run us through a day in the life — is there a typical routine to running the company?
"No day is ever the same and we each structure our days differently, but it usually starts with a yoga class and ends with a work dinner. The in-between includes: stress, coffee, a plethora of emails, panicking, checking our Google Analytics, caffeine rush, product development, meetings, brainstorming, and more."
Kaffe 1668 isn't your average coffeehouse — on weekdays, it's the place to be in Tribeca, with a constant buzz of energy. The ladies come here to fuel up with the 9-to-5ers in the area.
Kaffe 1668, 275 Greenwich Street (between Hubert Street and Ericsson Place); 646-559-2637.
Sari B shows off her Bib & Tuck tee, paired with a Lulu Frost necklace.
How do you balance work and play with such a business to run? What do you do in your free time (if you have any!)?
"We love what we’re doing, so work sort of becomes play. But, when we’re not Bib and Tucking, Sari A is usually reading or doing yoga, and Sari B is reading travel blogs or dreaming up her next travel destination."
3.1 Phillip Lim bag and shoes, Elizabeth & James jeans.
Who are your favorite people in your lives to borrow clothes from, and what are your favorite pieces?
Sari A: "My grandmother. She recently saw me wearing a handpiece I had purchased at NastyGal for 15 bucks and gave me a very similar one her mother had given her years back. Which means I now own a hand harness that has about 100 years of history.
Sari B: "Definitely my sister. We’re basically the same size except for shoes, which is (unfortunately) the best part of her killer closet. I’ve considered getting my feet enlarged."
What is each of your most priced wardrobe piece?
Sari B: "I have a pair of Fendi shoes which were the first pair of designer shoes I bought. I wore them twice — I can't walk in them, but they’ve become an art piece in my closet.
Sari A: "It’s always changing. I don’t really get attached to my clothes. The first thing I did when I got back from my honeymoon was sell my wedding dress. But right now, I think it’s my Goyard Tote. I finally found a comfortable bag that fits my gigantic laptop."
Sari A wears Washboard overalls, a What Goes Around Comes Around T-shirt, and Need Supply shoes.
In between the stress of running their own business, Sari and Sari constantly try to fit in a workout. Bari Studio is a chic, high-energy class where they come every Saturday morning to get their butts kicked.Bari Studio, 23 Leonard Street (between West Broadway and Hudson); 212-966-2274.
What are some of your favorite pieces that you've found on B&T yourselves?
"So many! A vintage Christian Dior turban, sunflower printed overalls, a Phillip Lim sequined dress, and everything in Shannon Fitzgerald
For rough-and-tough classes, only Nike Frees will do!
Now that you're your own bosses, how has your daily wardrobe changed?
Sari A: "Considering I came from the trading floor, you can imagine the transition into the lawless entrepreneurial world has made my wardrobe that much more exciting.
Sari B: "I wear WHATEVER I want. Sometimes I look like I’m in pajamas, sometimes in black-tie gear, but I have the flexibility to be much more creative and fun."
Smith & Mills is a great alternative to clubs around the city — you'll find the ladies here grabbing a low-key drink after dinner at nearby Locanda Verde.Smith & Mills, 71 Moore Street (at Greenwich Street); 212-226-2515.
When you're not shopping B&T, what are some of your favorite designers or stores?
Sari A: "The Reformation, Oak, Clover Canyon, Tibi, and Isabel Marant. But I mostly shop online these days, to be honest.
Sari B: "It’s not really about the brand, but more about what I’m looking for. Although I think Phillip Lim, Theyskens Theory, and Peter Pilotto do it so well."
Sari A wears Rebecca Minkoff kimono and pants, and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Check out these awesome vintage jewels she found on Bib & Tuck!
Are there any trends you're excited about for the upcoming season? Are there any trends you'll never try?
Sari A: "I’ll try just about anything! I’m excited to wear my high-waisted swimsuits this summer. I’ve been wearing them for years and been made fun of, so I’m glad they’re making a comeback (officially).
Sari B: "I’m not much of a 'trends' follower, I really just wear what I’m in the mood for."
Do you have a specific philosophy or style you stick to when it comes to building your wardrobes?
Sari A: "Don't spend money on things that don't speak to your soul. If something is out there and maybe a little weird, but it thrills you, buy it and take risks! I’m also a big believer in closet rotation. I used to be a shopaholic. Luckily, I found a way to make my addiction guilt-free. Thanks Bib + Tuck for fiscally responsible shopping!"
Sari B: "Just feel good in what you’re wearing. Too often people wear clothes just because they’re 'trendy,' but people should dress for themselves and feel beautiful in their clothes. There’s no worse feeling than feeling out of place in your own clothes."
Sari B wears a Daniella Kallmeyer top and pants, and Balenciaga clutch.
A closer look at that stunning Balenciaga!
Besides Smith & Mills, what are some of your other favorite NYC bars and restaurants?
Sari A: "For bars, I love Brandy Library and Tiny’s in Tribeca. For food, I love Pearl Oyster Bar, Bar Pitti, and Neta.
Sari B: "Some of my all-time favorites include: L’Artusi, Bar Pitti, The NoMad, RedFarm, Sushi of Gari, Little Branch, Death & Co...I cant stop!"