Naturally, I had to do a little research into the London based fashion "temple" as it currently has one hand on my heart and the other grasped tightly to my credit card.
London 1970: Joan Burstein who prefers “Mrs B,” opened Browns with her husband Sydney at 27 South Molton Street
According to Vogue UK, the famed store was a foster home to many young designers from John Galliano to collections from Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Ossie Clark. Burstein is also credited with bringing such talents as Giorgio Armani, Comme des Garcons, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Krizia, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander to London.
On her uncanny ability to discover talent: "it just happens" she says. "People say, 'How can you tell?' It's a gut feeling. It's a gut instinct."
Studio 54's role: Joan was hanging out at Studio 54 in the 1980’s when she had a chance meeting with Calvin Klein. The encounter eventually led to the UK launch of Calvin Klein at Browns, 24 South Molton Street.
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