By  on March 22, 2011

NEW YORK — For Agnès Troublé (better known as agnès b.), next week’s opening night party for her Howard Street store here will be much like the life she leads — artistically minded, infested with friends and presumably fun.

In some indirect way, the hordes of weekend shoppers who now troop through SoHo have Troublé to thank for helping to lay the groundwork for the area’s retail boom by first setting up shop on Prince Street in 1980. While the designer, who divides her time between Paris and her hometown of Versailles, France, undoubtedly would loathe such a title, she has pretty much maintained a boutique in the neighborhood throughout that time. It was the indie art scene that first reeled her in and made her at ease in the area.

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