The sister duo behind East Village boutique DUO NYC have been cultivating their aesthetic since childhood. “We grew up in the wide open spaces of Northern Minnesota and, when we were young, we wore old hunting and outdoor clothing (old canvas jackets, quilted coats, broken-in Levis, heavy-knit sweaters),” Wendy and LaRae Kangas recall. Today they bring that love for practical, lasting style to DUO NYC. They opened the boutique together in 2008 to showcase cool indie designers they love alongside a vintage edit. “We stock pieces that get better with wear. We handpick our vintage collection and it’s fun to see our clients choose pieces for themselves that fit perfectly like they’re custom made for them.”
We can’t get enough of their handpicked edit so we had to quiz the sister duo on all their secrets. Here, Wendy and LaRae share a few vintage shopping tips, their best vintage scores and a mutual love for ’90s music and lip balm.