DIY

Style Local: Kirsten Coplans, Pearl Clothing

Kirsten Coplans thinks small. She lives and works simply in a tiny, eclectic Uptown matchbox of a house furnished with retro furniture and blooming collections: Chinese jewelry boxes with miniature drawers, Asian dolls, vintage glass casseroles patterned in fruity colors. Her studio, where she creates Pearl Clothing, her local line of beautifully crafted upcycled sweaters, blouses and skirts, is little more than a snug niche in the dining room. But it suits her better than a big, empty rental studio, she found: "I decided to take it all home, scale down and simplify," she says. "This is a small space, but everything is at arm's reach."
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