Tucked between elegant residential townhouses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is where you’ll find Fivestory, a luxury boutique with two and a half floors of expertly curated women’s and men’s apparel. With its marble staircase and playful range of clothing and accessories, a trip to the boutique is nothing short of entering the closet of your dreams – it’s a space where limited-edition Olympia Le-Tan Snoopy clutches rest on glossy shelves alongside cool, feminine Self-Portrait dresses, ready and eager to be taken out for a spin around town.
So when owner of Fivestory Claire Distenfeld invited us inside her Lower East Side apartment to get a first look at her newly built closet, we felt like Alice in Wonderland about to tumble down a rabbit hole of sartorial treasures. Inside the carpeted, chandelier-lit haven, we discovered drawers filled with colorful drop earrings by Anabela Chan and shoe racks with metallic Aquazurra platform shoes – the stuff 70s dreams are made of. So how did Distenfeld go about organizing her most beloved clothes, shoes, and accessories?
“Closet organization is emotional and super personal. Everyone wears their clothing differently and attacks occasions with their own flair. For me, I’m a very categorized dresser. I’m not a ‘Is this too fancy or too casual?’ dresser as I always like to dress up, or down… it’s more about the emotion of the day. Is it a trouser and button-down type of day? A dress? A skirt? A jumpsuit kind of day?”
With this thinking in mind, she organized her closet into key categories, including trousers, dresses, skirts, gowns, and blazers. White button-downs, meanwhile, have their very own closet. “They are the staple of my life,” she explains. Click through the gallery to step inside Distenfeld’s highly organized – and highly dream-worthy – closet and scroll further below to shop some of her wardrobe favorites from Fivestory.