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Laura Vinroot Poole on 20 Years Fashioning a City: As her Southpark boutique Capitol marks two decades, she puts her coveted seal of approval on her hometown

"On a humid morning last September, Laura Vinroot Poole strides through the doorway of a New York coffee shop in black shearling-lined sandals, footwear thoughtfully chosen for a day of appointments in the city’s garment district. 

This week is known in the fashion industry as spring market, when buyers from around the world come to preview designers’ lines for the upcoming season. Poole is a portrait of calm amid frenzied Manhattan commuters as she floats toward the counter to order. She’s agreed to let me tag along as she hunts for styles to bring back to Capitol, her luxury SouthPark store. In April, Capitol’s customers, and some of the designers whose clothing and accessories they buy, will fete the store’s 20th anniversary with a weekend-long party."

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