Nikki’s Weekend in St. Barths

Nikki hasn’t traveled to St. Barths in 23 years, and O BOY, has it changed! She recently traveled there to celebrate her birthday with a few close friends and family. Read on for highlights from the trip, including outfits, beach clubs, lunch recommendations, and lots of celebrating! 

The flight to the island is in a tiny prop plane with roughly ten seats. It’s not for the faint of heart! Even for the most experienced flyers, it’s rough.

The plane. It’s way smaller than you think 😵‍💫
The view from above

The beaches in St. Barths are beautiful and fun. The best plan is to spend the day at a Beach Club. Nikki’s favorites are La GuériteShellona, and Le Toiny

Nikki Kule birthday celebrations Shellona St. Barths
At Shellona for one of many birthday celebrations!
Nikki Kule St. Barths Le Toiny
At Le Toiny. Mr. Napkin Head’s friend, Mr. Towel Head.

Lunches consist of great food, cocktails, and the best music. Lots of 80s pop!

Nikki Kule at Le Toiny St. Barths
At Le Toiny, wearing KULE Silk Madrid Dress (this color is coming soon!) with Sensi Studio bag, and Delarge sunglasses
Nikki Kule at Le Toiny St Barths for lunch
At Le Toiny for lunch
Nikki Kule Le Toiny St. Barths
Nikki loved this porcelain plate and the stripes, of course

During the day, Nikki mostly wore button-down shirts, dresses, coverups, and caftans. They were easy and colorful.

Nikki at Eden Rock
Nikki wearing the new KULE Quinn shirt with The Row sandalsSensi Studio bag, and a skirt she bought while in St. Barths at Eden Rock, a great place to go during the day but even better at night…
Stripes at Eden Rock St. Barths
The red stripes are an Eden Rock signature. Wherever Nikki goes, stripes will follow!
KULE Quinn Shirt

KULE Quinn Shirt

KULE Silk Madrid Dress

KULE Silk Madrid Dress

Sensi Studio Bag

Sensi Studio Bag

The Row Slides

The Row Slides

Delarge Sunglasses

Delarge Sunglasses

As for the night, St. Barth’s nighttime scene is wild. Nikki’s favorite spot is Le Ti St. Barth. It’s a cabaret restaurant offering a dinner show at 9 P.M. and an after-dinner party at 11 P.M. You can go into their back room and grab a costume. Get ready to dance on the tables!

Nikki celebrating at Le Ti St Barth
The birthday celebrations continue, now in costume
Nikki Kule and her husband at Le Ti Saint Barths
Speaking of costume 😂

Honorable mentions that weren’t included: Nikki Beach — sadly, she didn’t go to her namesake, but she heard it was a party and that Sundays are the best days to go. Cheval Blanc St. Barth for dinner (a very pretty hotel), Le Café for drinks, and shopping at Clic St. Barth (a popular shop there).

Cheval Blanc in Saint Barths
Found the stripes at Cheval Blanc
Eden Rock in Saint Barths
And more at Eden Rock, mentioned above
Le Cafe in Saint Barths
Le Café for cocktails 🍸🍸

Special thanks to Jessie Randall for your recs! You nailed it 😉

Rainbow in Saint Barths

And because you can’t do St. Barths without music, here’s Nikki’s playlist from the trip 🎶🙂

Start Spreadin’ the News

Our first group for Spring was released this month and is inspired by iconic New York moments from film and pop culture. The collection speaks to Nikki’s New York roots: it was designed in New York, made for the New York woman, by a New Yorker 😉. New York is the soul of the collection, which was photographed on the streets of downtown New York City. 

From the desk of Nikki Kule

KULE Spring inspiration Desk Selfie Nikki Kule
Meryl Streep hailing a cab from Kramer vs. Kramer and a photograph from The Wall Street Journal’s Workwear That Easily Transitions to Out of Office photographed by Olivier Kervern and styled by Louise Ford

The collection’s styles all have the details our customers know and love us for: clothing with excellent fit and superior quality, with a happy wink 😉. You’ll see elements from the inspiration sprinkled throughout, such as our khaki Rox trench, which is the tomboy chic vibe of Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer, and, of course, the color black, a New York staple.

Meryl Streep hailing a taxi cab in Kramer vs. Kramer
Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979

Image via Vogue France
KULE Spring 2024 Rox trench coat with taxi cab NYC
Our best-selling Rox Trench has been brought back for Spring, styled here with new garment-dyed City Pants which are made in Italy, and matching lightweight cotton Blanca Shirt. More colors available (and even more coming soon 🙂)

Photographed by Mei Tao

We’ve introduced monochrome sets, which include our new category of garment-dyed pants and matching shirts. The pants are called the “City” pants, a nod to – what else – the city. They are garment-washed, super soft everyday cotton pants, which took years to perfect. They pair perfectly with our versatile Blanca button-down shirts made from super featherweight cotton, great for those hot city days and nights. Every element of these sets was carefully sourced and produced in Italy.

The Blanca Shirt

The Blanca Shirt

The City Pants

The City Pants

The Blanca Shirt

The Blanca Shirt

The City Pants

The City Pants

The Blanca Shirt

The Blanca Shirt

The City Pants

The City Pants

We have also introduced the category of Chambray, which looks exactly like denim but is not denim! It’s better! It’s much more comfortable, lightweight, and easy to wear. It’s soft and drapey and not at all stiff or bulky like its denim counterpart. We’re taking sets and easy day-to-night dressing to a new level.

The new Chambray Quinn Shirt and matching Chambray City Pant. Available in both Dark and Light Denim. And, also part of the Chambray Family, is the Chambray Kelly Jacket and the Chambray Bermuda Short
The Chambray Quinn

The Chambray Quinn

The Chambray City Pant

The Chambray City Pant

The Chambray Kelly

The Chambray Kelly

The Chambray Bermuda Short

The Chambray Bermuda Short

The Chambray Quinn

The Chambray Quinn

The Chambray City Pant

The Chambray City Pant

And that’s just the first of our Spring groups! Keep an eye out because there are so many exciting new pieces and colors to come with collections each month of the season. Look out for fresh new catalogs coming to a mailbox near you 📬 Sign up here to be the first to know 🙂

Nikki’s Guide to Miami

In the winter months, Nikki splits her time between Miami and NYC. Miami is a change of pace for Nikki, a New Yorker born and raised. It has an entirely different vibe regarding fashion and culture. So, she has found her favorite spots and ways to stay inspired. If you find yourself in Miami this winter–and we hope you do for the sake of your fingertips–you’ll want to check out these places. Pack a bag; we’re heading to Miami ☀️

The first order of business is where to eat. Getting dressed and heading out for a good meal is a regular activity. Just deciding where to eat is an activity in itself.

Nikki Kule guide to Miami dinner looks
Look 1: Auralee jacket (another option here), Toteme pants, Stella McCartney shirt, Isabel Marant shoes
Look 2: Maria McManus pants and shirt, KULE Blythe sweater around shoulders, Isabel Marant shoes, YSL bag
Look 3: KULE Ribbed Lenny Tank, Miu Miu cardigan (another option here and here), Michael Kors pants (another option here), The Row bag, Le Monde Beryl shoes

One of Nikki’s favorite places is La Natural, which she says has the best vibe and food (especially the sourdough pizza and Japanese sweet potatoes). The owner, Javier Ramirez, is also incredibly welcoming and Nikki loved listening to his take on Miami food, and the chef, Diego Moya, just so happens to be from New York City. Fingers crossed for more locations 🤞.

Next, The Surf Club a Thomas Keller restaurant at The Four Seasons, a fun place with the best bar in Miami and the most elegant dining room experience. It’s also great for people watching. Any number of Nikki’s mirror selfies will be pre-Surf Club while waiting for the rest of her party to be ready (Ken) 😉. It has fantastic food and cocktails. She recommends the Surf Side Fizz.

Another Miami gem is Boia De, a small strip mall restaurant with unique modern Italian-influenced dishes. She particularly loved the pasta (before she became pretty much GF). This place is hard to get a table at, but it hits the top of the list if you can. Try their sister restaurant, Walrus Rodeo, in the same strip mall.

Other great places to visit are Macchialina (great authentic Italian in a cute little dimly lit space) and Mandolin (fresh Greek food in a beautiful outdoor garden), both super popular places where you may run into another New Yorker.

As for what to do in Miami, Nikki’s love of keeping busy and her interests in art and design have led her to find some great things and places to visit. Getting dressed for your day activities is also half the fun 🤪. She is not your typical Miami dresser — no cutouts here!

Riding a Citi Bike from Surf Side to South Beach and back is a great way to see Miami and work off that pasta 🍝 also, so you can spend the rest of your day at the beach in a swimsuit.

She also recommends visiting the Nina Johnson Gallery. She says it has the best exhibits of emerging and established artists. A couple of months ago, she saw a show of Katie Stout’s work, which are whimsical but intricate sculptures with baroque elements. Another great gallery to visit is Spinello Projects, a contemporary art gallery owned by Anthony Spinello, who is lovely himself.

The Rubell Museum also shows great curations of art. The private museum was founded in 2019 during Art Basel by longtime collectors and Miami residents Don and Mera Rubell. It’s a modern, airy space with many galleries, so you’ll want to spend an entire day here.

It’s hard to compete with New York, but Nikki has found a few gems for shopping in Miami.

Nikki recently visited the new Éliou store in Miami Beach, where she met founders Duda Teixeira & Cristina Mantilla. They have great style, and their brand lives up to that with great jewelry and accessories, all handmade on the premises (right behind the store). All the clothes are made in Brazil from dead stock fabrics and hand-crocheted by family members! Nikki fell in love with these silver rings, stacked.

Nikki also has an affinity for interior design and recommends visiting Casa de Barcelona, a store with curated vintage furniture in customized designer fabrics and art and sculptures. Nikki says the mid-century pieces are perfect for quintessential Miami design.

And we would be remiss to not mention the Webster store in South Beach. This original store location opened in 2009 in a huge historic hotel designed by Henry Hohauser. This three-story multi-brand luxury store in Miami Beach’s Art Deco district is a good visit whether you’re going to buy or just try on. You’ll always find brands there that you can’t find anywhere else.

Nikki’s wearing Éliou stacked silver Amaya rings
Images via Eliou and Casa de Barcelona Instagram

And now… back to New York.

Crafting a Signature Style with Nikki Kule

This Fall, In Kind Magazine interviewed Nikki about her personal style for its Issue No. 7. If you don’t know of In Kind Magazine, then you must subscribe. It’s a biannual print magazine created and edited by Leah Melby Clinton and Hannah Weil McKinley that focuses on career, motherhood, and style. Nikki’s Instagram selfies caught the eye of Leah and Hannah, who then reached out to include her in the magazine. In Nikki’s feature, she discusses the art of dressing for herself and finding inspiration. We’re including a sneak peek of In Kind this week to dive deeper into Nikki’s outfit formulas for each season.

For fall/winter in New York, where Nikki was born and raised, she says she’s a coat and pants girl. “Pants are what I love to start with and build my look from there.” Nikki says her go-to pieces are “a button-down shirt from KULE, trousers, and a great coat or jacket.”

In the spring, Nikki likes to layer and still keeps a favorite jacket like the KULE Rox Trench with which she wears a KULE tee (the Wynn Baby Tee is her current favorite), great pants, and sandals.

When Nikki’s in Miami, she uses the same process of getting dressed, but adds some more playful elements. 

Interview as told to by Hannah Weil McKinley of In Kind. For more of the interview, including some of Nikki’s go-to brands to mix with KULE, packing and style tips for travel, and her approach to design these days, you can order a copy of In Kind issue No.7.

Hello, Atlanta 👋🍑

We are thrilled to share that last week, we became an official Atlanta resident with a brand new store in Buckhead Village. This is our first store in the South and third current store (our others are both in New York: at Rockefeller Center and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn). As a New York brand, we are excited to branch out and have this new space, our largest one yet. You have to see the magic of the space, decked out in–what else–stripes! There will never be a substitute for in-person shopping, and our stores fill the experience with warmth and smiles 🙂

KULE Atlanta store interior

The most remarkable feature of the store — one you cannot miss — is the stripes across the ceiling and down the wall of the space. Nikki wanted you to feel encapsulated in stripes, a feature inspired by The Beverly Hills Hotel during a trip to LA this past summer.

Beverly Hills Hotel Inspo
Nikki at The Beverly Hills Hotel this past summer
Nikki Kule at KULE Atlanta store
Makes you want to paint stripes on your ceiling, huh?

The store is a labor of love starting with Nikki’s design conception of the space; the largest KULE storefront she’s taken on yet. With the help of Debora Cicchini and her sketches, they worked on the space from New York and when they arrived in Atlanta is somehow all came together 🤪

KULE Atlanta store sketch
KULE Atlanta store interior

To customize the space, Tracy Morgan made all of the striped paintings and colorful sculptures, we adorned the walls in many of our favorite KULE editorial images shot by Mei Tao, and Debora Cicchini made that ginormous KULE tee in the window by hand (while en route to Atlanta)!

KULE Atlanta store interior shelf
The store features more than a dozen striped paintings by artist Tracy Morgan
KULE Atlanta store big tee shirt in window
Debora Cicchini hand-made this ginormous KULE tee for our window

The store has so many personal elements to Nikki such as the knickknacks and art that are items she has collected from each city we have previously had a pop-up (the Mr. Santa Barbara painting from our Montecito pop-up now resides in Atlanta). Nikki also loves to find local store owners and artists. Also included is another new painting from her favorite Buckhead discovery and neighbor in the village, Bella Cucina, and its amazing owner, Alisa Barry (she provided the greenery for the store as well).

KULE Atlanta store interior collage
KULE Atlanta store interior collage

Special thanks to the KULE team lead by President Jim Kuerschner and Head of Retail Kara Love for your hard work in making this space come to life 💪

Our captains 🚢

If you couldn’t make it, we’d love to have you come check out the store at 247 Buckhead Avenue Atlanta, GA 30305. It’s just peachy 🍑.

Where should we go next? 🤔

A Night with Jenna Lyons at KULE Rockefeller Center

Last week, KULE friend Jenna Lyons hosted a night of shopping, sipping, and lots of laughing at our Rockefeller Center store. Guests included Jenna’s fellow Real Housewives of New York City cast members Brynn Whitfield, Jessel Taank, and Ubah Hassan. They shopped the latest collection of KULE just in time for fall.

Nikki first met Jenna through mutual acquaintances (hi Sarah Clary! 👋) and being in the same business. Jenna recommended KULE as one of the shops at Rockefeller Center in 2021 when she worked with them to reimagine the retail mix.

Jenna wears the Lucca sweater styled around her waist

Also in attendance that evening were designers Carly Cushnie, Rosie Assoulin, Roxanne Assoulin, and Jac Cameron; fashion director and street style influencer Chloe King; photographer Mei Tao; stylist Tracy Taylor; and model/jewelry designer Renata Zandonadi Quagliaenata.

Did we mention The Housewives were there?

Nobody wears a stripe like Jenna! Thanks for hosting. Come back with your friends anytime 🙂