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It’s official — the New York City Council has approved rezoning of Manhattan’s Garment District.
After decades of wrangling and dispute among city officials, landlords, designers and long-term tenants — the sometimes warring parties have come to a truce. Thursday’s landmark vote frees up parameters that were put in place in 1987. Since that time under Mayor Ed Koch’s administration, which established the district, landlords in Manhattan’s Garment District have been required to add a square foot of garment space for every square foot removed for some other use.
Garment District loyalists lobbied for a building earmarked for garment manufacturing, a tax-incentive program to enlist more owners and to provide tools to upgrade the industry and train workers for long-term survival of the garment center’s nucleus. Community Boards Four and Five, Pratt Center for Community Development, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Design Trust for Public Space and The Municipal Art Society, have been pushing for Garment Center preservation.
The city’s Economic Development Corp. and the Garment District Alliance Business Improvement District, which more or less covers the area bordered by 35th to 41st Streets and Fifth to Ninth Avenues, have been behind the rezoning, which they feel would benefit the
PARIS — Dior’s latest push into the U.S. market spans the online world and the physical one — the latter complete with a menagerie of toy animals that look as if they might stampede into the French brand’s eclectic new pop-up in Manhattan.
The temporary store opened on Monday in the city’s Meatpacking District, offering a complete selection of the French fashion house’s offer for women, men and children.
The pop-up coincides with the arrival of Dior’s U.S. e-commerce site, which is launching on Nov. 28 with a capsule collection designed by men’s creative director Kim Jones in collaboration with U.S. artist Kaws, and will be expanded in February to all other categories.
“New York is very important for us. In the U.S., Dior is strong, but I think that we need further awareness,” said Pietro Beccari, chief executive officer of Dior. “I believe that this idea of the Meatpacking [District pop-up] is coming at the right time.”
Expected to operate for four months, the pop-up is divided into rooms featuring products that will rotate as new merchandise comes on stream. Beccari compared the space to the Marché aux Puces in Paris, which gathers antique dealers offering everything from vintage clothes to Art Deco furniture
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TESTING, TESTING: Dolls Kill on Saturday makes the leap into the physical world for the first time with a temporary shop in San Francisco’s Haight District.
The 1,100-square-foot store, located at 1475 Haight Street, kicks off with a collection the company’s calling “In Dust We Trust.” The offering consists of futuristic platform boots, catsuits and furry tops and jackets. The store will continue to roll out the fall collection in addition to having a broad footwear assortment. It’s expected to be stocked with costume and party wear closer to the store’s planned closing after Halloween.
Dolls Kill, based in San Francisco, has carved a niche for itself in online retailing since its launch in 2011 building a business it says is “for the misfits and miss legits” and an Instagram following of 1.3 million. Its multibrand online boutique carries its own line along with that of others such as Obey, The Ragged Priest, Petals and Peacocks, For Love & Lemons, Wildfox, Dr. Martens and Lazy Oaf. The company’s managed to resonate across a broad spectrum of subcultures in what could generally be defined as an antiestablishment sort of ethos with what it calls its dolls. Each doll’s personality aims to click with
Designers and artists will descend on the newly built One Santa Fe mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District for the biannual Parachute Market.
The design fest culls its featured exhibitors from the local design community for a “pop-up” art and retail event June 6 and 7. Quincy Jones Productions partnered with Parachute on a June 5 preview featuring jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and a screening of “Synesthesia.”
Exhibitors include Welcome Projects, Knibb Design, Reform Gallery and Matin.
According to a report from a local ABC affiliate, a school district in Tennessee thawed out pork frozen since 2009 and served it to students, smothering it in gravy to mask its stench and “give it a better taste.” What do you think?
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