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Her Little Blackbook

Karina explains how Keni saved the day and why you can't judge a book by its cover.

What a great week it was for this episode. The Liza Minnelli lady actually had great stuff to consign, and the message there is never judge a book by it's cover. We get interesting types in the door all the time, and often times they are the ones with the best items. . .so always keep an open mind with the clients.

But the highlight for me (and obviously Ambria) was going to see my friend Keni Valenti at his showroom. When Ambria told Rebecca Weinberg that she had a blackbook to help her find whatever pieces she may need, I immediately said "What?" What blackbook? I'm the blackbook in this case, and Keni immediately came to mind.

He’s so much fun to be around, either in Miami or NYC. He has a fabulous demeanor and is always full of interesting stories from his early days in fashion. Keni "lived" the '70s and '80s, when stores like Fiorucci were the hottest places to shop. And now he is truly a one of a kind business with the most unique pieces. Where else can you find a classic YSL, Giorgio Sant'Angelo, Geoffrey Beene, Christian Lacroix, Halston, Oscar De La Renta etc., original vintage pieces???

He has it all, and it's a special place to see. I always tell him he should start a museum but he loves the interaction with his clients, which I guess is in some way very satisfying. Love you Keni!!!

My PS: Keni is the best. Did I say that already?

My PPS: Check out It is constantly updated with a new featured "mom," and my trip to Jamaica is recently highlighted as well.

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