Downtown Ithaca’s women’s fashion shop is gearing up for this week’s Fashion Night, with skin care consultations and samples, and $5 coupons to use any time through the weekend. The store is approaching its second anniversary in Center Ithaca on the Commons.
“Our main focus is beautiful, comfortable clothing, so we carry mostly natural fibers,” says Todd Nau, one of the store’s owners, who was himself in fashion design for 25 years before moving to the Ithaca area. “Our motto is ‘Beauty in Comfort.'”
General manager Scott Dolphin, who’s also Nau’s husband, has “an extensive background in textile design and fashion design.” Dolphin ran an interior design firm in New York City before moving to Ithaca.
Breathe only offers fashions from “designers that offer a full size range from XS-3XL,” Nau tells us. “We feature mannequins of all sizes in the store,” he adds, “not just size 8. Many ladies have stopped in and said they appreciate the representation.”
They don’t just offer larger sizes, he stresses. “We actually have a great assortment of all sizes,” with lines that include ladies’ jeans, dresses, and more from designers such as Lucky Brand, NYDJ, Kut from the Kloth, and Flax.
Fashion Night is also a chance to see some artwork from Breathe’s artist of the month, Diana Ozolins. She’s an Ithaca based landscape painter who works in oils, with color and design foremost in her painting. Her palette knife technique results in a highly-textured surface, where seemingly random shapes coalesce into a surprising sense of reality at a distance. She works outdoors in nature around the Finger Lakes region, and also travels with paint around the U.S. and Europe.
Dolphin says the coupons at Breathe are only available during their Fashion Night event on Friday, but can be used any time, on anything in the store, through Sunday, May 7th.
Last spring, Breathe was one of the co-hosts of a Fashion Karaoke Happy Hour at K-House Karaoke Lounge. The event featured wine from Americana Winery, beer from Ithaca Beer, appetizers from Ba-Li Cravings, and fashion from merchants that included Breathe, to benefit the Ithaca Women’s Opportunity Center.
Other goings-on around downtown this Friday for Fashion Night include a jewelry trunk show at Willow, beverages served through cold-stone dispensers at American Crafts by Robbie Dein, hand-fabricated jewelry by Laurie Schutt at 15 Steps, artisan hat-making at Handwork, and an Ithacapella performance at Benjamin Peters.
Fashion Night is 5-8pm this Friday, May 5th, at businesses throughout Downtown Ithaca. A Fashion Night Passport will serve as a guide to participating stores and eateries. Get your passport at any participating business, get it stamped at each location, and turn it in at the end of the night for a chance to win prizes.