Until Later, dear Pieces…

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One of my favorite Brooklyn retailers, Pieces Boutique, announced this morning that after 10 years in business, the store will be closing. Not exactly what we wanted to hear during Fashion Week from a boutique that has single-handedly defined sophisticated style for a decade, but change must be embraced. While fashion mavens from Brooklyn and beyond are in mourning, I encourage us to look beyond our personal concerns (like, where am I going to find the perfect New Year’s eve dress this year?!) and consider the world of opportunity that has opened up for Pieces owners, Colin and Latisha Daring (pictured below).

Latisha and Colin Daring, husband and wife team/owners of Pieces Boutique

As fashion industry visionaries, the Darings are now released from the limitations of the brick and mortar lifestyle and free to take the Pieces brand to a level we never imagined. It’s all about evolution. I see  so many fabulous things in store for Pieces Boutique and know that this is not the last we’ll see of this iconic Brooklyn brand!

Whether you’re in the fashion or farming industry, there’s a lot to learn from the closing of Pieces Boutique. To evolve (be it professionally or personally) you MUST embrace opportunities for growth. To change your life for the better, you have to introduce a foreign element, trigger or change agent. Shake things up. Do things differently. Adopt an improved mindset. Be a different person. Your life depends on it!

To mark this bittersweet occasion, I thought I’d reflect back on a few Pieces memories in my iPhoto archives:

Pieces Boutique storefront

Latisha + Colin x Vogue. What!? I was so proud of them when I saw this. It was circa ’02/’03. I had just moved to New York and these two truly inspired me!

Latisha posing next to her new Ashtyn dress. The line was created by Latisha and named after her first born & fellow Virgo, Ashtyn!

Pieces Boutique was known for its fabulous soirees. This shot was from the Ashtyn launch party in ’09.

Latisha and yours truly a few years back…her smile is infectious!

Another gorgeous Ashtyn piece…

The beautiful little miss Ashtyn…Latisha’s mini-me.

Here we are again during last year’s Fashion’s Night Out party in the boutique. Great night!

Latisha thanks us all for coming out. She made every single person who walked through the Pieces threshold feel appreciated, welcomed and at home.

Mr. Colin Daring gives us the thumbs up!

Can you say beautiful? This has got to be one of the flyest families I know. Brooklyn royalty!

Colin and Latisha: on behalf of In Her Shoes and Crush Media, I send you lots of love and light as you embark on this new and exciting chapter in your careers. I can’t wait to interview both of you to talk about what’s next!

Much Respect,

*r

As a New York City beauty PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

Caroline says:

Its such a tough time at the moment. I wish Latisha and Colin all the best in their new endeavors.

Larvetta says:

Wow, I remembered when we first met Latisha and when you secured her as a client. From when we were to whence we are going. I know that what’s next will be HOT and innovative in so many ways.
Great article…. abundance and blessings!

Miss Journey says:

Wow, I JUST found out about Pieces Boutique this weekend at an event where Latisha was in attendance. I was immediately intrigued by her outfit. It was fierce! I definitely want to get some of those Pieces pieces in my life.

L Davis says:

Very well written and soooooo true. I’m so excited to see whats next for them. As a small business owner, with a family and in BK…I admire and respect them! Blessings up!!

Bernie, COCOACHiC Beauty says:

This boutique was the borough’s premier style spot. and shall be missed! Wishing owners Latisha & Collin Daring success in future fashion endeavors.

tricialee says:

I think so many of us admired Latisha and Colin for so many reasons. I am sad to see the store go, but I am excited for the freedom they will gain to create. Congratulations on your new ventures. xo-tlee

Tirinda says:

Wow. I’m really shocked! Sad to see them go…

“To evolve (be it professionally or personally) you MUST embrace opportunities for growth.” Renae, you are so right about that.

I’m definitely look forward to seeing what’s next for them, and I wish them much success for what’s to come!

Tirinda

It is sad to hear of another great local designer closing. As a fellow designer I understand the love and pride we feel for our work. I know you will find much success in whatever the good lord has in store for you.

T.Hood says:

Mannnnn. Just walked by there the other day and peeked in the window with the ladies and said how great the store was looking!
What a bummer but I wish them much success.
Beautiful tribute piece (no pun intended) Renae!

Rasu says:

Say it aint so! Got that email this morning and was like “Noooooooooooooo”