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Stylist and Store Owner Maryam Nassir Zadeh is Our Style Star du Jour

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Maryam outside her eponymous L.E.S. show wearing her favorite Isabel Marant jumpsuit and Rachel Comey wedges. Enlarge Image
While some of us are desk-bound, content to idle away the work hours pounding a keyboard and an occasional latte, Maryam Nassir Zadeh is style-bound and always on her feet. As a stylist and part-owner of the Lower East Side boutique that bears her name, Maryam's job is to fill her shop with the most discerning and delicately selected pieces she can get her hands on. With the City as her muse, Maryam heads to the galleries, her garden, and late nights at Schiller's for inspiration.
The result is a refreshingly modern yet comfy atmosphere that presents designers like Vena Cava, Rachel Comey, and Harmo alongside a wooden geometric children's puzzle, African indigo textiles, and an ancient art book. More like an experience than a shopping expedition, Maryam Nassir Zadeh evokes a feeling of freshness that no doubt comes from Maryam herself. We recently caught up with Maryam to find out just how she spends her day and why she wouldn't trade her job for any other in the world.
Describe your style.
"Bohemian classic with an emphasis on color and accessories."
What's your favorite thing about your job?
"Meeting new inspiring people."
What are the five essentials that make up your look right now?
1. "Vena Cava short sleeve leather jacket."
2. "Marion Vidal steel and cotton bracelet."
3. "Acne Tube jeans."
4. "Jasmin Shokrian chiffon T-shirts."
5. "Rachel Comey Mars boots."
What are your favorite neighborhood haunts?
"We often get breakfast from Falai or Earth Matters. For lunch it's Tiny's Café Petisco. Coffee at Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Schiller's for business meetings or after-hours dinners when we're working late in the shop. Monday late nights at Schiller's are the best—the DJ plays amazing old-school jams."
What is the last thing that inspired you?
"Experiencing mobiles made by artist Hanna Sandin. She's known for her photography but I had a chance to see her sculpture recently and was blown away."
What's your store's theme song?
"'Cowgirl in the Sand' by Elvis Costello."
What are your most exciting recent finds?
"A wooden geometric children's puzzle, African indigo textiles, porcelain hands, an Isabel Marant plaid jumpsuit, Susan Cianciolo, yellow Repetto sandals, Marjory Sweet, and our new apartment."
Who's your style soul-mate?
"Molly Spaulding, owner of Narnia. She mixes clothes in such fresh and colorful way and though she has many different styles of dressing, she always looks chic and relaxed."
Best cheap find of late?
"Plants and Veracruz Hats."
What's one thing you wouldn't be caught wearing?
"A basketball jersey or fake prescription glasses."
Anyone you'd love to see come into the store?
"Stylist, Camille Bidault-Waddington."
Alternate universe career?
"Self-help counselor!"
Photography by Kava Gorna, www.kavagorna.com
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