MEMBERS ONLY: Many designers, photographers, stylists and showgoers will be creating a well-worn path to Spring Studios and Spring Place during New York Fashion Week.
With $20 million in renovations recently completed, the TriBeCa space will be home to 33 fashion shows and events, varying in size from 50 attendees to up to 1,000. It is adjacent to Spring Studios. The workspace-membership club’s cofounder Francesco Costa said the facility officially opened in mid-June but the days ahead will mark the first time it will be used in its entirety during fashion week.
Spring Studios London has been going strong for 14 years, but Costa only invested in Spring Studios four years ago after he sold his London-based financial company, IFI, for an undisclosed sum. With an outpost set for Milan, Spring is actively scouting a location in Paris so that it will have locations in each of the four major fashion capitals. The Paris site is expected to bow by the end of the year, Costa said.
The multifaceted business is cultivating a network of photographers, stylists, media and advertising companies that are using its space for a variety of purposes. In addition to VFiles fashion show Wednesday and Jason Wu’s show Friday, private events such as Tuesday’s Vogue-supported fashion show and fund-raiser with Chelsea Clinton, and a Sept. 14 Allure cocktail party are also on the docket. Aside from a Calvin Klein fashion show and Pharrell Williams performance, the majority of the 120,000-square-foot space has been under construction for the past two-and-a-half years, Costa said.
With a base that includes fashion, luxury, creative, art, design and marketing clients, Spring Place is really not just an event space, Costa said. Spring Place’s Women’s Committee will host a party Wednesday night featuring the New York premiere of Crystal Moselle’s “That One Day,” the twelfth commission in Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tale Series.” The event will feature a Q&A with the director and cast of @TheSkateKitchen and a photography exhibition for Jonathan Mannion.
Guests who decide they would like to return on a more regular basis have three membership options — the Traveler at $3,600 annually, the Social at $3,600 annually and a more work-oriented one that includes a desk for $900 per month.