I don't know why but I can't resist thinking of Michelle Lesniak's studio as a "lair." Might have something to do with gowns printed with rats and lookbook photos like this:

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  • Michelle Lesniak

I don't really know, though, because I've never been, and chances are that you haven't either. But we're in luck: Lesniak is gearing up to host an open studio Fri-Sat June 13 & 14 from 2-9 pm at 1123 SE Market. Normally a private space, studio visitors can buy direct from the designer (including as-yet unreleased items), peep her library of past collections (including the NY Fashion Week collection with which she won Project Runway), and get advice on fit and fashion straight from the source.