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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 18:06

SJP at her NYC pop-up shop this winter; Photo by Driely S. for Racked

Lest you think Sarah Jessica Parker has been too busy learning the ins and outs of Instagram to keep up her eponymous shoe line with Nordstrom, the multi-hyphenate is about to embark on a tour for the collection's fall line.

Unfortunately, she won't be doing a pretty pop-up shop in the city this time around—and, obviously, we have yet to get our own Nordstrom—so if you'd like to see SJP in person, you'll have to head out to Long Island.

The actress will be at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City on Saturday, August 23rd between 2pm and 3pm for a customer meet-and-greet, where you can be one of the first to purchase styles ranging from pumps ($350) to knee-high boots ($695).
· Inside Sarah Jessica Parker's Beautiful Shoe Pop-Up in Soho [Racked NY]
· Sarah Jessica Parker! Shoes! Nordstrom! Pop-Up Shop! [Racked NY]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "Outside NYC, Launches & Releases, Nordst..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 18:00

Local handbag designer Lauren Merkin's sample sale kicked off this morning at the brand's Chelsea showroom. We stopped by shortly after the doors opened and were surprised to find the space nearly empty, save for a couple of other shoppers. This sale is totally worth checking out if you're on the hunt for a new bag—everything is up to 70% off, and there are tons of colors and pattern options available for each style.

Most of the bags here are on the smaller end of the spectrum: you'll find loads of clutches, such as the Mini Caroline for $100-$125, the pleated Ava for $125, and the slightly larger Paige clutch starting at $95. Many of these, including the Mini Caroline, come with chain straps so that they can be used as cross-body bags as well.

One table holds the label's minauderies, which are all marked $125. You'll find rounded calf-hair styles, as well as square-shaped suede bags and small rectangular styles in a host of patterns and colors—including one made out of a multicolored metallic leather that looked like a gasoline spill.

There's a solid selection of medium-sized day bags, including the Parker for $95 and the Piper for $100. There was a great variety of colors for the Piper bags—everything from playful star prints to refined black snakeskin.

The inventory of larger bags is limited, but you'll find slouchy Quinn duffle bags for $125 (from $525), suede Simone messenger bags for $150, and leather Reese totes for $175 in the mix.

There's several bins filled with heavily discounted gear against one wall. Some of these are damaged, but others are just older styles. These range in price from $20 to $70 and include a brocade Mini Caroline bag for $40, a calf-hair Iris clutch for $50, and a yellow Eve clutch for $30 (the low price on the latter is due to slight discoloring).

Next to these is a table for samples, including a few Reese totes for $250 and a shearling Iris cross-body for $125. The items here are certainly unique, but note that their prices are a bit higher than the rest of the stock.

Finally, there's a limited selection of wallets and smaller leather goods. These range from $10 leather card cases to large snakeskin wallets for $70. You'll also be able to find iPad cases—although they only fit the first generation model—for $20.

There's some additional stock held under each display table, but not much— so you might want to head in sooner than later. More markdowns are possible, but we couldn't get a straight answer from the staff, so check back here for updates.—Gillian Fuller
· Dealfeed: Lauren Merkin [Racked NY]
· Cynthia Rowley, Oak, Nanette Lepore: The August Sample Sales [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sale Coverage [Racked NY]

Author: "Racked Staff" Tags: "Chelsea, Above the fray, Lauren Merkin, ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 17:09

Photo by Brian Harkin

Now that Williamsburg residents are used to having a Starbucks around—"It is more convenient to my commute than Gimme," they may have caught themselves saying recently, clutching a green-and-white cup—the mega-chain is bringing a second, boozier outpost to the neighborhood.

Yes, last month's rumors that the Starbucks slated to open on Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street would serve beer and wine are true, The Brooklyn Paper reports. If the license is approved, this Starbucks will be one of only 30 locations that are allowed to pour Chardonnay alongside pumpkin spice lattes.

"We are proud to be a part of Williamsburg and are committed to bringing the right coffee, food, and store experience to each neighborhood we serve," a spokesperson said of the honor Starbucks has bestowed upon Bedford Avenue. "Just as every customer is unique, so are our stores." Another store experience Starbucks plans to offer in this outpost: limited-run "reserve" coffee.
· Starbucks Confirms Plans for Booze at New 'Burg Outpost [Eater NY]

Author: "Caitlin Petreycik" Tags: "Bedford Avenue, Hungry Hungry Hipsters, ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 16:33

Welcome to Racked New York's search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking locals—fitness experts who not only look hot in spandex, but can make you look amazing too. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Let the games begin!

Photos by Sean Gomes for Racked

Yoga instructor Katharine Lucic first fell in love with the practice ten years ago, and she's been motivating students to perfect their crow poses ever since—most recently at SYNCStudio in Williamsburg, and YogaWorks' Brooklyn Heights and Union Square outposts.

The classically trained actor and singer believes that "every moment on the mat is an opportunity to find more open channels for breath to enliven the whole person." And Katharine definitely seems enlivened, in the "how does one person have so much energy?" kind of way: in addition to juggling gigs at three studios, she co-founded a wellness brand, Ohm K, and still finds time to teach yoga at women's nonprofit Exhale to Inhale.

Read about Katharine's favorite Instagram yogi, her go-to smoothie in Williamsburg, and her thoughts on gym selfies, this way!

What's one song that always gets you pumped up?

I can always listen to Laura Mvula's "Sing to the Moon" or Xavier Rudd's "Follow the Sun."

Fitness advice you swear by, in five words or less.

Every Chaturanga counts!

What's the biggest misconception about your sport?

I usually hear, "I'm not flexible," or "I'll be embarrassed, I'm a beginner." It takes a lot of bravery to try something new, especially a physical practice that can also lead to shifts in mental perspective and emotions. Yoga can truly be for everyone. Just say yes and fall fearlessly forward into it.

What's one gym class memory you'll never forget?

I'll never forget the first class I took with my teacher and mentor Julie Marx. I was trying to do a headstand for the first time, couldn't, starting crying softly to myself, and knew I had met my match.

Who is your athlete role model?

If I tried to tell you all of my yogi role models the list would be 50 people long, so let's just say Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Can we just all agree he's basically Hercules?

Gym selfies: yay or nay?

Yay! Capturing photos of yoga poses and sharing them can be brilliantly inspiring. I am moved to practice new asanas all the time by other yogis I follow on Instagram and Facebook. I also love posting images of asanas I practice that inspire me, and asanas I'm still learning and struggling with. Humility and sharing with others that you're always growing is, I believe, hugely important.

Favorite post-workout snack?

A green smoothie from Summers in Williamsburg.

Favorite celebrity body.

Instagram goddess @laurasykora. Strength and dedication is sexy. Period.

If you weren't a trainer, you'd be a...

I already have my other dream career! I'm a co-owner and co-founder of a new women's wellness clothing brand, Ohm K!

What's always in your gym bag?

My yoga mat. An old school, no brand, beat up awesome mat my husband gave me.

Biggest gym pet peeve.

When the room is too cold! Turn off the AC and give me a hot, sweaty and humid room any day.

Food you'd do 50 burpees for.

I don't believe in feeling guilty over food. I'll just take the 50 burpees and then eat whatever I want.

What has been your favorite client transformation/breakthrough story/moment?

I teach with an organization called Exhale to Inhale and guide women who have suffered domestic violence through yoga practice. Every time I teach there are powerful and transformative moments shared by the incredible women I work with. I do remember a class when one woman had a particularly inspiring realization. After savasana, she said that she realized her time at the shelter she was currently living in was only temporary, just one page in the story of her and her son's lives. Hearing her powerful discovery shook us all and was so appropriate to the practice and understanding of yoga.
· YogaWorks [Official Site]
· SYNCStudio [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Contestants [Racked NY]

Author: "Caitlin Petreycik" Tags: "Hottest Trainer, Hottest Trainer 2014, H..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 16:30

2014_08_lauren-bacall-fit-museum.jpgThe Museum at FIT already has its spring 2015 exhibit on lock: A tributue to Lauren Bacall, who passed away last week at the age of 89. She's donated 700 items of clothing, mostly from the 50s and 60s, and had previously requested a "high-quality, Diana Vreeland style" exhibit from museum curator Valerie Steele. But first, we'll see an exhibit dedicated to the intersection of dance and fashion. [Racked]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "Chelsea, Quicklink, Day at the Museum, F..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 15:33

Photo via Fab 208

Moving across the street wasn't enough to keep Fab 208 afloat in the East Village. The boutique plans to close its doors in November after 23 years here, citing declining neighborhood interest in their unique offerings.

"We just no longer see retail in the [East Village] as a business model worth sticking with," they wrote to us. "We are not bitter about how the hood has changed but it has lost all sense of itself and has no community left to support independent stores like ours."

But Fab 208 isn't done for good—they'll continue selling via their Instagram account and will later launch e-commerce on their website. They'll also be opening a new brick and mortar shop next year, but "just not in NYC."
· Fab 208 Will Move Across East 7th Street [Racked NY]
· All East Village News [Racked NY]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "East Village, Discontinued, Fab 208"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 15:00
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 14:30

Photo via New School

After leading the School of Fashion at Parsons the New School for Design for six years, dean Simon Collins is stepping down at the end of this year. According to WWD, he emailed his colleagues yesterday afternoon to say that he would be turning his attention to consulting on design. "Design thinking can be applied to any industry — legal, banking, political," he told the paper.

He'll be spending much of the coming months in Asia, where he will "share his philosophies about design" with the governments of China, South Korea, and Thailand.

"I love the school massively and I will always be indebted to it. I shall always support it any way that I can," Collins said.
· Simon Collins, Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons, to Exit [WWD]
· Students Petition John Galliano's Teaching Gig at Parsons [Racked NY]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "Union Square, Mic Drop, Parsons, Parsons..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 14:00

Photo by Brian Harkin

Before you totally check out for the week before Labor Day—perhaps the most unproductive time of the year besides that week between Christmas and New Year's—be sure to stop by the Cosabella semi-annual sample sale kicking off this Sunday, August 24. Expect to find everything from skimpy underwear to wearable-out-of-the-house pieces starting at $13.

While $13 would be considered a good starting price for any sale, remember that the last sale in March had a couple items going for just $7 and a $10 bargain box—though there wasn't much here to choose from.

Of note were the soft bras for $30, wire bras for $45, and thongs and g-strings for $14. Hopefully, those prices remain the same—we'll let you know with our full sale report on opening day.
· Dealfeed: Cosabella [Racked NY]
· Cynthia Rowley, Oak, Nanette Lepore: The August Sample Sales [Racked NY]
· 23 of New York City's Hottest Lingerie Shops [Racked NY]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "Soho, Cosabella, Cosabella Sale, Cosabel..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 13:25

Deal: Up to 70% off lingerie, ready to wear, and swimwear. Prices will range from $13 to $80. Credit card only.

When/Where: Sunday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 26. Sun 11am—6pm, Mon—Tue 11am—7pm. 220 Lafayette St between Spring and Kenmare Sts (212-405-1190).

Link: Cosabella

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "DEALFEED, DEALFEED: Women's, Soho, Cosab..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 13:07

Image via Instagram/@atauid

Sudanese model Ataui Deng has been declared missing, The Village Voice reports. Deng was last seen at 251 West 48th Street—where nightclubs XVI Lounge and Attic are located—on August 6th at 11pm.

The model, who has lived in New York since 2008 (most recently on Essex Street), was the face of Rihanna's River Island campaign, and has appeared in the pages of Teen Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Update: Ataui Deng was found alive at an area hospital Monday night, police say. It's unclear why she was admitted, but her friend Roblé Ali said on Instagram that she is "safe and sound."

· Missing Runway Model Found at NYC Hospital: NYPD [NBC New York]
· Sudanese Model Ataui Deng Missing Since August 6 [The Village Voice]

Author: "Caitlin Petreycik" Tags: "Ataui Deng, Intelligence, Missing, Model"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 21:56

Image via Instagram/@dknyprgirl

FLATIRON—There will be a star-studded launch for DKNY's latest fragrance, MYNY, at Madison Square Park tomorrow afternoon. Expect an appearance from brand ambassador Rita Ora, who will be manning a pretzel cart filled with heart-shaped treats (that match the perfume's packaging) from Dominque Ansel, all set to a soundtrack spun by Hannah Bronfman. Stop by between 11am and 3pm for all the festivities.

LOWER EAST SIDE—European lingerie brand Triumph has been hosting a pop-up shop at 168 Bowery this month with special events, like a forthcoming spa day. Between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday, August 23rd, enjoy massages and manicures alongside you champagne and canapés, plus get a complimentary bra fitting. RSVP by sending an email here.

CHELSEA—Men's footwear purveyors The Left Shoe Company will be popping up at 601 West 26th Street starting tomorrow and running through Thursday. Get your foot measured with 3D scanning technology, and then pick the details from the color down to the optional heel inscription. Stop by Suite 1750 between 10am and 7pm—customers will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

GREENPOINT—Furniture sellers From The Source have just opened an outlet section inside their massive store, and they're offering up to 70% off select items to celebrate. Find everything from media centers to antique metal chairs, which are going for just $48. Plus, look out for 20% off regular-priced items beginning in September.

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "RackedWire, Chelsea, DKNY, Dominque Anse..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 21:03

Welcome to Racked New York's search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking locals—fitness experts who not only look hot in spandex, but can make you look amazing too. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Let the games begin!

Photos by Sean Gomes for Racked

Tone House workouts are intense, but studio's founder Alonzo Wilson knows how to keep his students motivated. The Wilhelmina fitness model is all about giving everyone in his class personal attention—drop in on a typical session and you'll see him offering high-fives, securing harnesses, and telling his class that they can definitely jump over those last five hurdles.

Alonzo didn't pick up these skills overnight—he's been in the fitness industry for 20 years, having worked as a professional football player, personal trainer, and TRX certified instructor. Read about his favorite post-workout-snack, biggest gym pet peeve, and the song that gets him pumped, this way!

What's one song that always gets you pumped up?

"I Stand Alone" by Godsmack 

Fitness advice you swear by, in five words or less.

Demand more from yourself.

What's the biggest misconception about your sport?

There is so much competition in the fitness industry right now, but really strong teachers support one another. 

Who's your athlete role model?

I love watching sports, but my role models are family members.

Gym selfies: yay or nay?

Yay, especially if it helps motivate someone to get moving.

Favorite post-workout snack?

Anything at Hu Kitchen, and Nature Works' protein brownies.

If you weren't a trainer, you'd be a...

I would love to teach or coach kids.

What's always in your gym bag?

TRX's Rip Trainer and Suspension Trainer, and two Quest bars.

Biggest gym pet peeve.

Lolly-popping around. If doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

Food you'd do 50 burpees for.

All of the food at my Aunt Olga and Uncle Swanton's Fourth of July BBQ party.
· Tone House [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Contestants [Racked NY]

Author: "Caitlin Petreycik" Tags: "Alonzo Wilson, Hottest Trainer, Hottest ..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 21:03

Welcome to Racked New York's search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking locals—fitness experts who not only look hot in spandex, but can make you look amazing too. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Let the games begin!

Photos by Sean Gomes for Racked

The Vixen Workout exploded onto the New York fitness scene earlier this year, and Meliza Fernandez is one of the top ambassadors of the Miami-based hip-hop dance workout. Her background in professional dancing and musical theater makes her the perfect leader for wedged sneaker-clad, lipstick-wearing students who just want to get their fierce on.

"To see woman come together and support one another while unapologetically embracing their fierceness? Doesn't get better than that," Fernandez told us about her classes. "But more than the physical transformation, it's the emotional transformation that gets me. To see their confidence build and even to see how the way they walk changes, that really moves me." Read on to learn about her laid-back gym attitude, her athletic role model, and the three things you'll always find in her gym bag.

Fitness advice you swear by, in five words or less.
Stay Hungry Live Fierce—the line that all of the Vixen Army live and swear by.

What's the biggest misconception about your sport?
That we don't work hard or that it's not challenging enough.

Who's your athlete role model
Misty Copeland—her body and movement are both a work of art. Ballerinas are athletes in my eyes.

Gym selfies: yay or nay?
Totally yay! We encourage a post-Vixen selfie at the end of each class.

If you weren't a trainer, you'd be...
On Broadway.

What's always in your gym bag?
Black leggings, deodorant, and almonds.

Biggest gym pet peeve?
I'm not easily peeved!
· @meliiiiimel [Instagram]
· Meliza Fernandez [Facebook]
· Vixen Workout [Official website]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Contestants [Racked NY]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "Hottest Trainer, Hottest Trainer 2014, H..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 20:20

Image via Margaret O'Leary

The name Margaret O'Leary may not be familiar in New York, but the Irish-born, San Francisco-based knitwear designer has been dressing West Coasters in cashmere sweaters since 1990. And now O'Leary—who has ten boutiques between Seattle and Santa Monica—is taking her business bicoastal with a new shop at 279 Mott Street.

The space, which officially opened on Friday, is stuffed with the designer's ultra-soft knits in muted shades of gray and cream—like what a character in a Nancy Meyers movie would wear while curled up on her plush bay window seat, sipping coffee from a stoneware mug.
· Margaret O'Leary [Official Site]

Author: "Caitlin Petreycik" Tags: "Nolita"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 19:18

Photos by Driely S. for Racked

Wendy Nichol says she only uses "white magic"—the designer's name for "a skill in your hands that not every human has"—at the jewelry bench, or while whip-stitching leather, but we're convinced she has actual powers. The evidence: her "bullet" bags have enjoyed three times the shelf life of your average designer "It" item (and their popularity shows no signs of waning), she started making delicate earrings for girls with multiple piercings way before fashion magazines declared tragus and forward helix holes must-have accessories, and she's been honing her dark, mystical aesthetic for years—even though "witchy" only entered the fashion lexicon as a compliment fairly recently.

"I love that a witch is a powerful female figure. I think the people who work with me and create in my studio have magic coming out of their fingertips," Nichol told us when we stopped by her Mott Street store (she has a second outpost on Sullivan Street). "Like a surgeon who does an operation and has to carefully move one vein over. That's artful."

We chatted with the designer—whose pieces are all hand-made in New York—about the challenges of overseeing three lines (leather goods, ready-to-wear, and jewelry), how she started her own company as a stay-at-home mom, and who really buys her leather crowns.


Have you always been into fashion?

I've always been into making things, for sure. When I was young, I'd make myself little things out of fabric, like skirts. But I didn't study fashion or art, it came naturally as I became more comfortable with my style and my ability to sew.

Which came first: the bags or the jewelry?

I started making jewelry in my apartment in 2007, and I was working leather into a lot of my pieces. Once I touched leather it was magic. I knew that was what my medium should be.

What were you doing in 2007, before you started making jewelry?

Being a mom. My daughter was born in 2000. I had worked for Joe Mimran at Club Monaco for four years, so I spent a lot of time working in fashion and I took some time off to be with my daughter. Then once she was in school I started to work on my label.


What did those first jewelry designs look like?

There was a three-pyramid cuff, a ten-pyramid cuff, a pair of pyramid earrings, and a single-pyramid ring. That was my jumping-off point with geometry. Triangles have always been reassuring to me.

When did people start to notice your jewelry?

I just decided to go to stores I liked and show them. It was very nerve-wracking. I was really amazed at how several of the boutique owners loved it. That was such as big deal.


And then what happened when you found yourself with all of these orders to fill?

It was just me for a really long time. I would take Sofia to school, I would go to Midtown and run around and get my supplies, and then I'd come home and sit on my bench and work on things at home.

After you made the leap to bags, when did people start going nuts for them?

I remember the first bag order I took was from Bird. I had made three bags.

Three styles, or three total?

Three styles. Probably around three total, too. Maybe six. At the time I didn't have the same tools I do now. I didn't have the same experience making goods. I remember when I had to make the order I was at my kitchen table and I was not sure how I was going to get it done by myself.


What's your most popular bag?

The bullet bag. It's a style that I made in 2009, and it's been sort of the highlight of my handbag collection, and kind of iconic for the brand. It's different from any of the other bucket bags that are out on the market, I think, mostly because it's made by hand. So it has this character to it that's really beautiful. It was just featured in the August issue of Vogue, which is really exciting.

How long does it take to make one of your bags?

Anywhere from four hours to five days. Four hours is a master maker. Five days would be something like our Sullivan bag or our Mona bag—they're extremely challenging bags to make.

When did you realize your line was becoming successful?

When Colette in Paris bought my collection that was, like, wow. We had over 100 pieces to ship them, and I finished on my birthday. I had two other people working with me in the studio—I couldn't have done all of that on my own—but I literally worked until 11pm and I took the boxes to FedEx myself. I was carrying these big boxes so I could get them there on time, because that's such an important thing—being on time with deliveries.


How did you choose Sullivan Street and Mott Street for your stores?

I got my Sullivan Street space in 2010. A lot of stores had gone out of business, there was still this post-depression economic gloom. I had never been in the west part of Soho, and right away I was like, "there's magic going on here." The store was beautiful. But then, two years later, we needed more retail space.

A lot of people are like, "why would you get another store ten blocks away?" But they're two different neighborhoods, really. A lot of people who come by Mott Street don't even know what's on Sullivan Street.

How would you describe the Wendy Nichol woman?

The girls who come in here have great style and they're looking to add something into their jewelry or handbag repertoire that's really special. A lot of our customers are creative and interested in the quality of the store experience because we're making all of our bags in the store. She's awesome, I love our customer.


Who buys your leather crowns?

Sometimes it's a girl who wears hats, and this is just another hat. It's an interesting question, because who wears a crown on a regular basis?

There should be more occasions that require crowns.

When I first made it I wore it because I was just so excited about wearing a leather crown. It gets a little bit of a reaction. Girls do wear it, they'll buy one for a special occasion, or for going out. It's kind of a guilty pleasure.

We see your earrings everywhere! Especially on girls with multiple piercings.

We've sort of figured out the multiple combinations of earrings all the way up the ear. And we try to get a price point that's good for everyone—our silver earrings start at $80 per pair.


What's the story behind the middle finger motif on your bags and jewelry?

I thought "wouldn't it be funny if you opened your wallet and you were flipping someone the bird with the hardware?" The more I drew it the more I loved the concept of this wallet with the custom hardware on it. I made a model and we cast it in bronze. When I actually saw the hardware on the wallet, I thought it would be funny to wear it on your hand, too.

Fashion week is coming up! Can you tell me about the inspiration behind your next ready-to-wear collection?

Inspiration is always coming from garments that are pored over by hand. I love expensive see-through silk and tulle, and I love black and white. My collections are really a continuation—a conversation that relates to the previous one. If you have our duster, or you have our slip dress, or our handbags, or jewelry, this new collection will work with it.

You had your first ready-to-wear presentation around this time last year.

My first presentation was called Saints of the Zodiac. We did it at the Elizabeth Street sculpture garden, and it was literally planned in six weeks. My husband and myself and our friend Jimmy are in a band together, Midnight and the Stars, and we played live during the show.

The music was scored to the looks—there were twelve looks for the twelve signs. We had twin models for Gemini and they came out with their hair fused together, they had to walk in synchronicity, it was this dramatic moment.


There's something witchy about your style.

I love that a witch is a powerful female figure. I think the people who work with me and create in my studio have magic coming out of their fingertips. Like a surgeon who does an operation and has to carefully move one vein over. That's artful. It's a skill in your hands that not every human has.

That magical vibe is trusting in your intuition and in your ability to create like that. A good witch, not a wicked witch. We believe in white magic.

It seems like fashion has embraced these mystical symobls—pentagrams, evil eyes, etc.—lately

I do think that there have been a few television shows that have covered the topic of witches and covens, and that may be crossing over into fashion.

Symbols are an important thing for people. They help you feel protected. If you have a symbol on a piece of jewelry and it means "health" and "power," then that gives you the strength. I think that it's just something that humans have always used. It might be more of a trend lately to display that in clothing and accessories. I like that.


You have so much going on! Your jewelry, bags, ready-to-wear, stores. Is there a typical day for you?

My day starts early. I get my daughter up and get her ready for school. Then after she's out the door I'll drive into the city from Brooklyn with my husband. On the way, I'll usually be communicating with my staff about everything that's going on.

I try to be in both stores as much as possible—I see clients in both. My little design office is on Sullivan Street, and that's where I do most of my draping and fitting for ready-to-wear collections. We also have two studios in Midtown, where we do jewelry and clothing.

The truth is I work six days a week, and I probably work twelve hours a day. I absolutely love my job and the people that I work with are super magical. It's hard, and there are lots of challenges for sure, but it's rewarding.

What do you look for when you're hiring?

I look for someone to literally blow my mind. If I get a resume that does that I will do everything in my power to get that person into my studio and hire them.

It's how you write, it's the images that you send, it's how everything is put together. Every single cut is a big deal, so I'm looking for extreme thoughtfulness and talent. Our interview process is intense. Especially to come into what we call a "maker" position—it involves an audition-style interview.


Which new pieces are you most excited about?

We just made a beauty case that I'm obsessed with. I've been carrying it as a handbag, which I think is adorable.

And I'm excited about the chokers. The leather is cut here and the closure is made in our Midtown jewelry studio. And if you wanted to get a pyramid or a pavé cross or an eye on the front we can do that.


Time for the lightning round!

8am or 8pm?


Beer or wine?


Whiskey or tequila?


Cats or dogs?


Beach or mountains?


Favorite vacation destination?

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite lunch spot?


Favorite happy hour spot?

My back room

Rap or country?


Mad Men or Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones

Coffee or tea, and how do you take it?

Coffee, and I take it hardcore.
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Author: "Caitlin Petreycik" Tags: "Nolita, Better Know a Store Owner, Mott ..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 17:06

Clothingline's Theory and Theyskens' Theory sample sale kicked off this morning, and we got to head in early for a first look. Women will be able to shop the spring, summer, and pre-fall collections from both lines at up to 70% off , with prices starting at $49. All sizes are represented—from 00 to 14 (petites are available as well)—and there's a pretty equal mix of stock in each size bracket.

There isn't a ton of variety, though you will find plenty of basics and tailored work clothes (with a few standout pieces hidden here and there). So this sale is great if you're looking to build a solid wardrobe foundation, but not if you're on the hunt for something special.

The sale is organized by label, with Theyskens' Theory gear towards the front and Theory garments in the back. Tops from the former include boxy leather shirts for $349 and denim tees for $79; while in the Theory section, you'll find knit shell tanks for $79 and lightweight sweaters for $89.

If you're looking for bottoms, there are tons of Theory's tailored work trousers, tagged $89. Shorts from the main line, as well as from Theyskens' Theory, are $49—look for chiffon overlay styles from Theyskens' and lots of neutral khaki pairs from Theory. There aren't tons of skirts, but we did find leather designs from Theory for $349 and a sequined midi skirt from Theyskens' that was expensive at $599.

There's a decent variety of dresses: you'll find everything from Theyskens' sheer printed midi styles for $109 to leather shifts from the same line for $349. Also available are Theory lace shifts and casual fit-and-flare pointe styles, both for $109.

Jackets and blazers were much pricier than the other gear at the sale, ranging from $169 for tailored blazers and light outerwear to $599 for fur and shearling coats. Blazers were the most well-represented—we saw Theyskens' tuxedo styles and Theory cropped blazers, both $169. There were also quite a few leather jackets from Theyskens' for $349.

Finally, shoes! All Theysken's Theory pumps and flats are $109, while boots are $149. We spotted hunter green suede booties and platform pumps in this section. We couldn't see the sizing distribution because the shoe boxes are held behind a table, however we do know that there's extra stock in the back— so if you're having trouble finding a size on the floor, it's possible that staff will be able to find it for you.

The Clothingline staff will be replenishing all styles throughout the duration of the sale, and further markdowns are likely— stay tuned for updates. For time info, head to the deal feed. —Gillian Fuller
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 16:00

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We've been seeing a a lot of gyms popping up in the area recently, but this one is way more out there than a treadmill studio. Bowery Boogie reports that Exile Professional Gym, the city's "first and the only dance studio for Street Dance," will be opening on Second Avenue. According to their website, classes start on September 1st.

The studio, nicknamed EXPG, offers dance classes in anything from pop to lock—yes, they are separate classes—plus various levels of hip hop, house and even Vogue. There will also be vocal lessons offered here.

If this sounds like a pop star training school, you may not be far off. The studio is based in Japan and named after Exile, a nineteen-member "dance & vocal unit" (read: mega boy band), according to the group's official Facebook page that has garnered nearly half a million likes.

Classes are $20 each, or you can become a member for $120 a month, which gets you eight classes. During their first month, try a class for just $10.
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 15:30

2014_08_fly-london-kurt-geiger.jpg Is one London-based shoe company replacing another in the West Village? A tipster wrote to us that there's signage at the former Kurt Geiger store at 375 Bleecker Street for Fly London. We've reached out to the brand for confirmation and will let you know when we hear back. [Racked Inbox; Previously]

Author: "Laura Gurfein" Tags: "Quicklink, West Village, Fly London, Kur..."
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