By  on May 5, 2010

By Rick Owens’ estimation, he’s been to New York two times in the last seven years, once for his store opening in 2008, and now — he’s staying at the Bowery Hotel all week. As it turns out, Owens prefers to stay within a four-hour travel radius of his home in Paris — he even passed on recent store openings in Seoul and Tokyo — which makes this rare Stateside visit kind of a big deal.

No, he’s not in town for the Met gala, to which he was invited but didn’t attend for reasons he’d rather not discuss. (He did, however, make the after party circuit, swinging by Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott’s at The Carlyle).

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