The opportunity for a name like Bookmarc, as the latest chapter — a bookstore — in Marc Jacobs’ mini West Village empire is called, would be hard to pass up. The store opened Friday at 400 Bleecker Street, formerly home to Biography Bookshop, and a space that president Robert Duffy had been eyeing for years. “It’s caddy-corner to our women’s collection store and I’ve always desired that space,” says Duffy. “We’ve always had a mix of books in our stores, so it was my dream to eventually one day have a bookstore on Bleecker Street.”
Duffy says he had no intention of making the space anything but a bookstore if not in the classic sense. “Bestsellers? No. Not unless it’s a friend of mine,” he says of his inventory. “We’ve developed a very big business in books. It’s more art books, it’s more photography books, and then it’s very personal to the company.…We have the luxury of picking somebody and commissioning something. I can ask one of the people that I work with that’s an artist that inspires me to do something, and we can make a book.” For example, “The Men and Women of Marc Jacobs,” by Brian Bowen Smith. The store will also carry vinyl records, CDs, a line of Bookmarc colored pencils and notebooks and customized Bookmarc Sharpies.
Bookmarc makes six Marc Jacobs stores in the West Village, with four on Bleecker alone. The company’s local expansion has received its share of criticism from neighbors. “I could have taken one giant space and knocked all the walls down like other people have done,” says Duffy. “Is it good for the neighborhood, bad for the neighborhood? I don’t know. My original store there was a dentist office that was in terrible disrepair.…I did my research. I found the original pictures of that store from 18-whatever, and I put in big plateglass windows, which were there in 18-whatever. Did it revitalize the street in a way? Did it make it a shopping street in a way? I didn’t ask everybody else to follow me there.…I think that having the men’s stores on West Fourth is much better than having two empty storefronts.” And to those who complain about the long lines pouring out of the store on Bleecker and Perry, Duffy’s listening: That store was turned into a collection accessories store last weekend. “There’s not going to be a line,” says Duffy. “I hope there is — but there won’t be a line of people to buy $3,000 handbags.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast