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Quiet Town's Founder Loves Costco Muffins, Lloyd Dobler and One Very Special Singlet

Quiet Town's Founder Loves Costco Muffins, Lloyd Dobler and One Very Special Singlet

If you’ve never thought of a shower curtain as a work of art, you’ve never seen a Quiet Town shower curtain. Made of 100% cotton canvas that’s grown and milled in the U.S., they are the ethically-sourced accessory that elevates seriously even the teensiest, drabbest NYC bathroom into something special. Lisa Schulner Fine and her husband Michael are the founders of the brand and their creative backgrounds (she’s a fashion stylist, he’s a lifestyle photographer) are evident in the entire line, which includes those curtains, plus perfect bath mats and recycled totes. We asked Lisa to share her Haystack Story with us and unsurprisingly, she managed to take something you might not associate with being cool and covetable and “omg I need that right now” and made it all those things.

Still kickin’: Lisa’s beloved unitard

Still kickin’: Lisa’s beloved unitard

Name: Lisa Schulner Fine
Occupation: Co-owner of Quiet Town & freelance stylist
Handles: @lisaschulnerfine & @quiettownhome
Location: Brooklyn, NY

What’s the star of your haystack story?
A matte black shorts unitard (shortsitard?) 

Do you still have it?
Yeah, wore it to yoga today, actually.

Can you describe it in detail? (please include a photo if you have one!)
Short shorts. Faded black. Super matte. Tank straps. The brand is called City Lights and it’s made in San Francisco. I just googled it and it still exists. 

Why is it so perfect?
It’s perfectly faded like a vintage tee and makes me feel like a real workout queen (which I am not).

How does it make you feel?
Happy, because I can still fit into it. And bouncy in the way that only a jumpsuit or a union suit can make you feel, which reminds me of my next would-be Haystack Stories: My J.Crew thermal union suit and a pair of shorts that I would wear to school with Docs.

If your item could talk what would it say?
"I really miss Lynn, my previous owner. She was way cooler than you are."

Schulner Fine looking fine (photo: Alice Bucaille)

Schulner Fine looking fine (photo: Alice Bucaille)

When did you get it?
I was in high school, so probably around 1993. My mom took in a boarder (if i’m allowed to be dramatic). Her name was Lynn, she rode a motorcycle and was a professional trampolinist. She was in a Coca-Cola commercial. Not exactly sure why she moved out but I do remember my mom giving her a lot of unwelcome dating advice. Regardless, after she left I discovered her abandoned unitard.

Who did you have a crush on back then?
In real life, Jimmy Jimenez, my first love. But my Hollywood “reach" was John Cusack in Say Anything. 

What did your Friday nights look like?
We hung out at the beach a lot. I also remember late nights at Denny’s (Miami’s version of a diner) and dancing to new wave at The Kitchen Club. 

If someone gave you $20 to spend, what would you have bought?
Lip liner at Clinique.

What show did you rush home to watch?
I’d love to say My So Called Life but I think it was probably Beverly Hills 90210.

What was your favorite snack?
Those massive muffins from Costco, TCBY, 7-Eleven Slurpees…

What is one way in which you’re the same as you were back then, and one way in which you’re different?
Still love vintage and thrifting and being a goof ball. I would never eat at a Denny’s.

Let's Call it a Comeback

Let's Call it a Comeback

A Brooklyn Bookshop Owner on the Lost Art of the Phone Call

A Brooklyn Bookshop Owner on the Lost Art of the Phone Call