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Fab Fakes
NEW YORK--For 50 years, Dulken & Derrick, located at 12 W. 21st St. here, has manufactured and imported some of the best pure silk material and finished blossoms in the business. The firm has provided blooms for designers such as Donna Karan, Bill Blass, Vera Wang, Frank Olive and Lola, and retailers like Tiffany's and Nordstrom. It's done everything from simple red roses for a cosmetics launch to a combination of poppies, feathers and cabbage roses for the first Broadway performance of "My Fair Lady."
"We don't like the minimalist look," say Leeza Dulken and Pamela Gurock, co-owners of Dulken & Derrick. "Everyone should be adorned in flowers."

Take Two
SHORT HILLS--Consignment shops are putting on new faces these days. DoubleTake, located in Short Hills, N.J., with a branch in West Caldwell, offers only better-to-designer labels at prices two-thirds less than original retail. And with top American designers well represented, there are certainly bargains to be had.
Owners Marci and David Kessler believe in customer service. "We feel very strongly about assisting customers on a personal level. We handle customer service as a personal boutique would--differently from a discounter or another type of consignment shop," Marci explains. Merchandise is carefully selected, and everything is labeled with in-store tags with the DoubleTake logo. Big glass windows house displays modeled on those of department stores. And even on weekday afternoons, the joint is jumping.

Animal Magnetism
NEW YORK--From bassets to boxers and poodles to pugs, Verncelli belts have gone to the dogs. Designer Verne O'Hara has blended her love of animals and accessories in creating a belt collection featuring buckles sculpted in the shape of 20 different breeds of dog, along with some cats and a horse. Her aim, she says, is "to offer an affordable product capable of standing alone as a great accessory or the proud possession of a pet owner."
Belt straps are available in satin, leather, lizard or alligator, and wholesale prices range from $25 to $195. Buckles are $35. The collection is sold in New York through Topper + Lowell.Vested Interest
NEW YORK--Costume designer Jane Suttel also designs clothes, which she likes to call "wearable art." Working primarily with Japanese textiles, Suttel creates seasonless separates for women who don't have to or don't want to wear suits every day. Her strongest and most playful pieces are her vests made from kimonos of the Twenties and Thirties.
Suttel has developed two core collections: a day-into-evening silk separates group, at wholesale prices ranging from $115 to $175 for tops and $125 to $200 for bottoms, and a special-occasion line, priced from $490 to $650. Her clothes are currently available at specialty stores such as Joan Franks in Memphis, the Alley boutique in L.A. and Obiko in San Francisco.

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