Brazilian Designer Opens Fairfield Co. Store
New Canaan Patch - almost 5 years
Carmen Steffens, a Brazilian designer of high end ($89 flats, Betina platform high heels $389,) fashion accessories opened Wednesday at the Danbury Fair Mall.
Josy Piacente and her partner Rob Gibellino opened the store after three years of effort, including flying down to Brazil, interviewing with the company, proving they had sufficient money and business expertise. Piacente grew up in Brazil with Carmen Steffens, and she has lived in the United States since 1998.
"I knew of Carmen Steffens clothing from the very beginning," Piacente said. She and her partner will open a second store in Westchester County in August and after that in Long Island. The corporation itself plans to open stores in New York City. "I only wear Carmen Steffens shoes."
Carmen Steffens includes among its celebrity fans Mariah Carey, Eva Longoria Parker, Margaret Cho and Kim Coles. Company stores are open in Beirut, Buenos Aires, Paris, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Los Angeles.
The company was founde
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