Two hours north of New York City by Amtrak is a little town called Hudson. Founded in 1785, Hudson has survived many identities: working-class town, crack-slinger's delight, and now a weekend getaway place for exhausted New Yorkers. It's a town that offers more than a few solid restaurants, as well as home decor shops that sell Buddha-head sculptures for $5000 a pop. It also has: friendly dogs, ice cream cones, and sunsets best viewed from a promenade. Clothing stores are few and far between, but there is one little shop at the end of Warren Street that carries a clean, avant-garde collection of items for men and women. That shop is Kasuri.
Kasuri offers luxury goods - from complex leather biker jackets to homey friendship bracelets - in a wide price range, and set against a clean white backdrop. For the customer who has an art opening next week, or just wants to pick up something extra-special for date night, Kasuri would be a good place to start. Over a temperate Fourth of July weekend, a gauzy dress by Liya Kebede's line lemlem stood in the storefront window: the perfect piece for a barbeque or backyard pool party ($245). Giorgio Brato is a designer of leather jackets for men and women - distressed and waxy-looking outerwear that would do well on an afternoon motorcycle ride ($2,600). And Bluma Project makes brightly-colored bracelets - one of which was so appealing this reporter actually broke down and bought one as a momento ($20).
Kasuri is the sort of store that offers the kinds of clothes and accessories for people who are kooky but distinguished - artists, professors, life coaches. Whether you are rich or just functional, there is something to be found in this eclectic boutique.
Kasuri, 1 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534, 518-291-9901