I recently stopped by the gorgeous Lower East Side showroom of Maryam Nassir Zadeh—genius rep of several of my favorite labels, including Vena Cava, Rachel Comey, and Bodkin—to check out the spring line of Apiece Apart. It was fortuitous timing, as that very morning I had torn apart my own closet trying to find a simple blouse to wear with a rare spontaneous purchase (navy silk Jil Sander for Uniqlo trousers). The clock ticking, and the pile on my bed growing higher by the second, I couldn't find anything that worked and ended up throwing on one of my boring black jumpers. Thing is, Apiece Apart was made with this very quandry in mind: Starr Hout and Laura Cramer, both 31, ditched their jobs in fashion last year to create a streamlined collection of clothes that would interchangeably work as both individual pieces and outfits.

[#image: /photos/5853984bd3b7a5db18f3bb7f]|||||| For more information, see apieceapart.com. The line is also sold at Jumelle and Kick Pleat in New York.