Most stylish New Yorkers: Rae Cohen

The restaurateur mixes vintage garb with designer steals.

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    "I'm always on the lookout for sailor pants, but often the fit is off and the thick wool is seriously itchy," says Cohen, referring to her Nanette Lepore (958 Madison Ave between 75th and 76th Sts; 212-452-3056 423 Broome St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts; 212-219-8265 nanettelepore.com) bottoms. "These pants are new but they offer the same high waist, wide leg and detailed fastening as the originals." She pairs them with a Rachel Comey (rachelcomey.com) geometric top from Steven Alan. "I often try to integrate at least one pattern into an outfit," notes Cohen. A vintage Koret (korethandbags.com) bag from the Brimfield Antique Show adds a ladylike touch.

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    Cohen found this beaded necklace at the Brimfield Antique Show and guesses it's from the '30s or '40s. Her husband, Noah, discovered the setting for her engagement ring at Doyle and Doyle (189 Orchard St between E Houston and Stanton Sts; 212-677-9991, doyledoyle.com). "I've always loved the color of rose gold and find that it complements pale skin particularly well," she says. The couple went to St. Kilda (71 Fifth Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-398-4459, stkildajewelry.com) to have their wedding bands matched and engraved with their Hebrew names.

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    "I love how these channel the retro design but modernize it with a sharper angle," Cohen says of her cat-eye glasses from Selima Optique (locations throughout the city; visit selimaoptique.com).

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    Cohen found this Louis Manley coat in a vintage shop in Montreal. "It's not the warmest coat," she admits. "But the classic shape and comfortable fit make it a go-to."

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    "I can stand on these for hours," swears Cohen of her Rachel Comey platform clogs, which she scored at Eric (202 Seventh Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-369-4189)

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    Cohen was drawn to the fluid shape of this vintage bangle from the Brimfield Antique Show.

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    A leopard-print J.Crew (locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com) sweater adds personality to a vintage Uri Bloch Priv skirt from Mafalda.

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    Cohen says that these color-blocked Moschino heels, which she "adopted" from her mother's closet, "are probably from the menswear phase of the '90s."

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    "I always wear this signet ring from my namesake---my great-grandmother Rae Smith," Cohen says of the gold band accompanying her wedding ring. The rose-shaped style is from her friend Rochelle Goldberg's jewelry line Rhodeus (rhodeus.co), while the plastic watch, bought at a hodgepodge store in the Beacon Hill area of Boston, and belt, which she found in a thrift store in Montreal, are both vintage.

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    "These bags were very popular in their heyday," says Cohen of her '40s clutch, which she procured at the Brimfield Antique Show. "It's easy to find them in vintage stores [though]."

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    Cohen pairs an Emmanuelle Khanh Paris jacket from vintage seller Right to the Moon Alice (righttothemoonalice.com) with J Brand (jbrandjeans.com) skinny jeans.

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    This hat was purchased from milliner Kelly Christy (kellychristyhats.net) in her now-closed Nolita shop. "Like any old-school milliner, she would take your measurements and custom build each hat," explains Cohen. The tortoiseshell frames are also from Selima Optique.

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    A green-and-yellow vintage Bakelite necklace adds color to a neutral outfit.

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    Cohen combines unexpected hues with a tag-less blue lace shirt and a velvet green Dries Van Noten (www.driesvannoten.be) skirt she scored at a Barneys New York sale (660 Madison Ave at 61st St; 212-826-8900, barneys.com). "I wish I had more ladies' luncheons to attend because this outfit would be so fitting," she muses.

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    Cohen purchased these blue velvet Miu Miu (miumiu.com) "beauties" for her wedding two years ago.

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    "I was drawn to the colors and craftsmanship, but the perfect fit sealed the deal," enthuses Cohen of this navy hat from the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show (manhattanvintage.com). Gray glasses are another Brimfield Antique Show find.

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    A Whiting & Davis (whitinganddavis.com) bag, another Brimfield purchase, brings this demure look together.

Photograph: Chiara Marinai

"I'm always on the lookout for sailor pants, but often the fit is off and the thick wool is seriously itchy," says Cohen, referring to her Nanette Lepore (958 Madison Ave between 75th and 76th Sts; 212-452-3056 423 Broome St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts; 212-219-8265 nanettelepore.com) bottoms. "These pants are new but they offer the same high waist, wide leg and detailed fastening as the originals." She pairs them with a Rachel Comey (rachelcomey.com) geometric top from Steven Alan. "I often try to integrate at least one pattern into an outfit," notes Cohen. A vintage Koret (korethandbags.com) bag from the Brimfield Antique Show adds a ladylike touch.

Rae Cohen, 27; co-owner of Mile End Delicatessen (mileendbrooklyn.com); Park Slope, Brooklyn

Her personal style: "A friend calls it 'librarian chic,' but I'd say fun and feminine."

Her inspirations: "I was privy to a lifetime of style inspiration in the years that I worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Pre-Columbian jewelry; Japanese textiles; the color, scale and texture in modern art; [and] the galleries and diversity of people passing through made for endless influences."

Favorite stores: "I'll often peek into the stores along Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill on my walk to the deli. It's lined with some of the best boutiques in the city: Eva Gentry Consignment (371 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-522-3522, evagentry.com) is a treasure trove for vintage and lightly used designer wear. Steven Alan (349 Atlantic Ave at Hoyt St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-852-3237, stevenalan.com) stocks classic button-downs and cords. Across the street, Mafalda (362 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 347-987-3470, mafalda-ny.com) has an incredibly curated vintage-clothing collection. Dry Goods (360 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-403-0090, drygoodsny.com) specializes in heritage products such as Saint James (saint-james.com) shirts. Bright Lyons (383 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-855-5463, brightlyons.com) and City Foundry (365-367 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-923-1786, cityfoundry.com) have some of the best selections of antique furniture and curiosities. There are few reasons to detour from this corridor, but for special occasions or one of their epic sales, I like to visit Bird (220 Smith St between at Butler St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-797-3774, shopbird.com), which carries some of my favorite contemporary brands."

Her signature item: "I'm always wearing a big necklace, usually from a bygone material like celluloid or Bakelite. My mother collects and sells vintage jewelry in the NY Showplace Antique & Design Center (40 W 25th St between Broadway and Fifth Ave; 212-633-6063, nyshowplace.com). Shopping with her upstate and at the Brimfield Antique Show (brimfieldshow.com) [in Massachusetts] always yields incredibly unique finds to add to the rotation."

Favorite New York style icon: "It's totally clich, but Jackie O is at the top of my list. She had a timeless approach to classic, well-fitting garments. Plus, she really rocked headwear."

Favorite salons: "Fumi Brooklyn at Fumi (121 3rd St at Bond St, Gowanus, Brooklyn; 347-763-0413, fumibrooklyn.com) is awesome. The salon has a really cute collection of vintage home goods, such as enamel cookware and tea towels to browse or buy before an appointment."

How her profession influences her style: "Sturdy shoes and layers are of primary importance in the restaurant industry. When we first opened the deli, much of the wardrobe I assembled as an art-history student and museum educator seemed too precious, but recently I've embraced the inevitable splatters and spills."

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