Store We Adore: Michele Varian in New York City

27 Howard St., New York City Michele Varian’s home decor store is filled with treasures, including jewelry from 70 designers who share her passion for handmade objects of all kinds At first glance, it might seem strange to sell fine jewelry alongside brass and copper chandeliers, silk throw pillows, and porcelain tableware. But the minute you walk into Michele Varian’s chic SoHo shop, the product mix makes perfect sense. Varian, a Detroit native who began her career in fashion before segueing into textile, lighting, and wallpaper design, sees jewelry as a natural complement to the other items on display. “Everything in the store is something that I personally chose,” she says, “and jewelry has always been a big part of the mix.” Taste Maker A downtown girl since moving to New York City more than 30 years ago, Varian opened her first shop “almost on a whim” in 2001,

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