Reve New York is fabulicious AND “Jerseylicious”

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By Ava Gacser

What’s colorful, stylish – “Jerseylicious” even, you might say – and all over reality television?

Englewood’s upscale women’s clothing boutique Reve New York.

Where does "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice like to shop? Reve New York, which is where she picked up this Mandalay dress she wore to her housewarming party./Photo courtesy of Meital Benaroya

Not only has the shop been featured on Style Network’s “Jerseylicious”, but it is a regular shopping destination for none other than Teresa Giudice, one of the stars of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Teresa stops by once or twice a month or more if she has a lot of press events to attend, explains manager Meital Benaroya. She likes to bring a man along on her shopping trips, too.

“She brought her father with her a couple of times,” says Meital. “She needs that male opinion.”

This Dina Bar-El dress, which Teresa can be seen wearing in commercials for the show, was purchased at Reve New York.

It’s been a little while since Teresa has stopped by Reve, though.

“I’m pretty sure she’s shopped out,” Meital says. “(Though) she should be here soon.”

Above, Teresa Giudice, right, holds a rhinestone Clara Kasavina purse she purchased at Reve New York at "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" premiere at The Brownstone in Paterson on May 3. With her are costars Caroline Manzo, left, and Jacqueline Laurita. Below, a closeup of the bag, which costs $900. "I insisted she buy it because it's such a statement piece," Meital says./All photos below by Ava Gacser

Teresa is a big fan of Mandalay dresses (see photo at top), of which Reve carries a large variety. She is also a fan of dress designer Dina Bar-el.

“She loves her pieces,” Meital says, which includes the red dress in the above photo. Sky dresses and tops and Leslie Danzis costume jewelry, which Reve carries in abundance, are also favored by Teresa.

“She goes nuts over our earrings,” says Meital. “She must have bought 20” pairs of earrings, she says, some of which were given out as gifts.

Stefania models this dress by Sky which was also purchased by Teresa at Reve.

Teresa also owns this floral print dress by Casting.

Teresa owns this black lace dress by Sentimental, as well as this rhinestone Leslie Danzis bracelet.

While Teresa does not own this particular dress, she does have at least one by the designer, Baccio.

While Meital says that Teresa is her top “Housewife” shopper, “Real Housewives of New York City” star Jill Zarin has also purchased clothing from her.

“The ‘New York’ housewives typically go to designers’ shops in New York City,” Meital explains, adding that the practice is less typical of the Garden State women. “(Here), you either go to the mall or you go to a boutique.”

In addition to the attention Teresa’s wardrobe has provided, Reve has also been featured extensively in “Jerseylicious.” Clothing from the boutique was featured in an episode about makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe’s “Glammy Girl” fashion show, including a very popular yellow Mandalay gown modeled by Olivia herself.

“We got incredible exposure from ‘Jerseylicious,'” Meital says, pointing out that the model shown in the above photos, Reve employee Stefania, took part in the program’s fashion show.

The below scene featuring Meital was filmed at Reve:

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In addition, “Jerseylicious” Gatsby Salon owners Gayle Giacomo and Christy Pereira also shopped at the store prior to their appearance on “The Tyra Banks Show.”

The store is a labor of love for Meital and her mother, owner Elana Cohen, whose business started out in Soho and downtown Manhattan before moving to Englewood in 2001.

“My mother grew up in the clothing industry, and she passed it on to me,” says Meital. “It’s in our genetics at this point.”

When Reve was located in New York City, Meital says her mother catered to a variety of celebrity clients, including Zsa Zsa Gabor and Ivana Trump.

“That’s when she really started understanding how to dress celebrities,” she says.

These days Meital manages the store, handles the marketing and publicity and is in charge of buying contemporary day wear stock while her mother focuses on the evening wear.

“We have a good eye for new and upcoming designers,” Meital says, adding that before becoming the well-respected name he is today, Israeli fashion designer Yigal Azrouel approached her mother about selling his clothes on consignment.

Meital Benaroya of Reve New York caters to all sorts of clients who have one thing in common: A love of unique pieces that make a statement. "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice - seen below with Meital - is but one of them.

Photo by Meital Benaroya

While Reve’s specialty is prom and special-occasion dresses, it also carries contemporary, day-to-day clothing including pants, jeans, blouses and T-shirts.

“We try to cater to every size,” she says, adding that the styles “stay timeless and are good for any age.”

Price is also not an issue, and potential customers do not have to be “Real Housewives” or celebrities to visit.

“You don’t have to feel like you’re rich to shop here,” Meital says, pointing out that her dresses run anywhere from $100 to several thousand dollars, depending on the designer. Jewelry typically ranges from about $30 to $200 or more, depending on the piece, and handbags start at $100.

“If someone comes in here and only has $100,” she promises, “I have the dress for her.”

Reve New York, 22 North Dean Street in Englewood, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. More information is available by calling 201.569.8383 or by visiting www.revenewyork.com or the store’s Facebook page.


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  1. June 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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