We journalists certainly aren’t slaves to fashion, and that’s why we like Karen Patwa — great minds think alike.
The owner of Dangerous Mathematicians just moved her custom design boutique from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Atlantic Avenue because she was sick and tired of the absurd, lavish and expensive getups touted by Lady Gaga and the fashion industry on that other island.
“I hate what’s being called ‘fashion’ — it’s not affordable and everyone’s trying to make their clothing look like it just came off the runway,” Patwa said. “I couldn’t find a simple black skirt that fit just right anywhere.”
Unlike many other “design” boutiques that simply tailor a pre-made suit or dress, Patwa sits down and turns a general idea into a one-of-a-kind piece, every time (unless you choose from an assortment of fine clothing on the racks).
The price is right — a completely custom suit can be as little as $700, or around $1,000 for a dress. Patwa’s creative touch allows the client to add a button here or a pocket there, or go all out for a wedding dress.
So why Brooklyn?
“Half my clients are from the borough, and it just made sense because this is what I call home,” Patwa said as she readied one of her clients for a photo shoot on Sunday. “I think many Brooklynites are like me and don’t want stuff in Manhattan that’s so ‘out there.’ ”
While she does the old-school, straight-up suit and wedding dress, her cuts and fabrics are elegant, and she offers a wide array of customization.
The shop’s Web site offers Dangerous Mathematicians T-shirts and jewelry, too.
Dangerous Mathematicians [394 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Bond streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 855-8780]. Best to call first.