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Big Changes at Small Stores



Konieczny didn't have an Elizabeth Cline-style political awakening. She had a closet-organizing awakening while listening to a podcast about streamlining your life. The speaker (whose name she can no longer remember) said that "most people wear 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time. I put the clothes I wear most in the center of my closet and started looking at the tags. They were all small manufacturers; they were quality fabrics; and they were mostly made in the U.S."

Long story short, these are the kinds of clothes you'll find at Busy Hands. The Mycra Pac black scroll coat, $259 and fully reversible, is her flagship article. "The design and construction are superb," she says. "I've had mine eight years. I'm guessing I wear it 120 days a year, and I have yet to as much as sew on a button." She shows off several more items: a Leota wrap dress, in the classic Diane von Furstenberg style. "A lady in Stockton, California, makes these jackets out of silk rayon velvet," she says of her line of extravagant Downton Abbey-ish dusters (which look like they require a turban as an accessory, but, sadly, she has none for sale).

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