1022B W. Armitage
Piccola means "small" in Italian, and although proprietor Lisa Williams means it to refer to the little luxuries in her store--shoes, bags, jewelry, and other accessories--it could also refer to her selection. One of my pet peeves in a shop is too much white space between the goods, but I'm giving Piccola a pass because (a) Williams promises she's getting more stuff in and (b) the shoes are adorable and reasonably priced. They run from $60 to $400, but many are around $100, including a pair of brown suede ankle boots with a modified wedge heel that immediately caught my eye. By the time you read this, they'll probably be gone--Williams only buys one or two pairs in each size. But there are plenty of other options, like black damask ankle boots with ribbons and Louis heels that Kirsten Dunst's Marie Antoinette would coo over ($100), leather flats in red, black, and copper with an oversize bow ($84), and leather pumps with three narrow straps across the top ($82). If you see a bag you like, grab it, because Williams only buys one of each of them; on my visit she had buckled totes with little locks by Tiffany & Fred and leather bags by Maggie B with a coin purse built into the flap. They range from $100 to $400, and there are chain purses for evening for about $35. There are also some simple jewelry pieces, a selection of girly note cards, journals, and other paper products, and a few books--titles include A Guide to Elegance and Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Rob Warner.