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Spring in New York's Meatpacking District: Christian Louboutins are flashing their telltale red, tulips are blossoming on the High Line, and just below, a boutique shop called STORY is painted in a spectrum of color, with vibrant merchandise to match each hue. But if a visitor were to pass by a few weeks from now, they'd find a completely different store -- or so they'd think.
Founded last December by marketing consultant Rachel Shechtman, STORY is a very special kind of retail space. Every four to eight weeks, the store is completely renovated -- its walls, decor, and merchandise are changed to reflect a new theme. Currently, that theme is "Color," but before March 28, it was "Love," a nod to the romance of Valentine's Day.
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Happy spring! This morning marked the official re-opening of the Central Park lawns with the "first mow" of the season, and who better to host an event involving parks and recreation than Aziz Ansari from "Parks and Recreation"? Ansari gave a short speech then rode around on a lawn mower on Sheep's Meadow along with Doug Blonsky, the President of Central Park Conservancy. We got a chance to speak with the comedian (who just released his latest DVD, Dangerously Delicious, Louis C.K. style on his website for just five bucks a pop), the prolific tweeter, and all around "friend of the stars" at an ungodly hour this morning...about tacos. More»
If you don't own a sweater, scarf, hat or snood from Wool And The Gang, keep on itching. Their Peruvian wool is not only warm and chunky, it's so soft you'll want to wear this wool all year round. Aurelie Popper and Jade Harwood are the Gang's designers. They create knitwear that is easy to wear, but more importantly easy to knit, considering the team of about 250 knitters in Peru hand stitch each piece hanging in their Soho showroom. "This was a string of yarn before," a co-worker said as Jade held up the chic Superbowl sweater -- a best seller in white. The designers shed some light on the Gang's beginnings, from their creative 3 year roller coaster ride of managing their recently closed Thompson Street shop, to their latest collaboration with Eileen Fischer (who had the next appointment after I left their showroom). She currently carries a few of the Gang's chunky pieces.
[Although she favors the tunic, Jade holds the Golden Tala Tank in from the Spring/Summer collection. She wears the Hemingway Hat.] More»
Timothee Verrecchia is the man behind the scenes -- the producer, the director, the coordinator, the creative voice, the businessman, the nerd -- but quite simply, he's the guy with the ideas. Producing recreations of Serge Gainsbourg songs with Marianne Faithful or Carla Bruni, pop-up surf shops, creating films with Garance Dore, working with Apple and Sony Pictures, editing L'Officiel Hommes, and being a partner in the Le Baron and Café Gitane at the Jane Hotel are all in his job description. So what makes this cultivator of all things cool tick? I spent an afternoon in Tim's West Village apartment to chat about what inspires him. More»
Despite their very different day jobs as a photographer and yoga instructor, Brazilian brothers Anthony and Sean Souza, (the sons of Carlos Souza, a style icon and head of public relations of the Valentino empire, and Charlene Shorto, who also worked at Valentino), have joined forces as a DJ team, and they are already getting major recognition -- just this week they spun for Carlos Miele's fashion show at NYFW, and even more so, last month for Madonna's W.E. after party at Le Bain. And while their parents are major forces in the fashion world, the brothers' picked up music as hobby all on their own. From his musical inspiration, to how the brothers collaborate while thousands of miles away from each other, Anthony Souza talks about his up-and-coming career in music. More»
Remember that crazy party at the W New York Downtown with Mick Rock, where Phantogram performed and Mark Ronson spun? Or how about the other night at the Electric Room, where Helena Christensen threw a party with One Management? Or those Electric Room pop-up parties at Miami Art Basel? Cristina Civetta is the girl behind the scenes, working around the clock to make these parties happen by planning the details, making the connections, and guaranteeing you are having the most fun, ever. Check out what Cristina had to say about her experience throwing some of NYC's best parties. More»
Only in its third season, NAHM may be considered but an infant in the fashion world, however designer Nary Manivong and partner Ally Hilfiger proved to be, yet again, an undeniable presence at New York Fashion Week.
The duo, known for their highly-wearable line of delicate, feminine shirtdresses, debuted their 2012 Fall/Winter collection this past Friday at Milk Studios and were met with overwhelming praise.
We caught up with Nary to discuss the collection, and where he finds his inspiration. More»
Derek & Daniel Koch have managed to change the entire nightlife industry in less than ten years time. Inspired by the decadent beach parties of St. Tropez, their Day & Night brunches continue to be New York City’s hottest and most exclusive party. Check out the trajectory how these twins from Ohio took brunch to another level.
Charlotte Ronson has made a name for herself, both in fashion and as a woman about town. Known as the "more reserved" Ronson, Charlotte is showing she's had just as much success as brother Mark and twin sister Samantha. With her booming fashion line C.Ronson (which launched in 2000), her JCPenney line I Heart Ronson, a Sephora make up and beauty line (that promises to give you that grunge girl hair without the crunch), and leaving time to attend parties, events, and galas weekly, it's hard to imagine how Charlotte gets any sleep. She answered ten questions for us, check out what she had to say... More»
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