NEW YORK — The odds of a young designer succeeding in New York are about on par with those of a producer mounting a successful show on Broadway or a chef opening a four-star restaurant. It seems all the more impressive, then, that Yigal Azrouël, a 31-year-old Israeli designer, opened his first store here in the Meatpacking district on Feb. 3, especially considering the fact that he didn’t have the backing of a large multibrand corporation.

"I really started with nothing," said Azrouël, who came to the U.S. five years ago with little more than a suitcase and the address of some relatives. "I didn’t come here with any money."

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