For a small thoroughfare, Bleecker Street has had many personas: For much of its modern life, it was a charming, tree-lined thoroughfare, dotted with antiques dealers and other businesses, until the early Aughts when, heralded by the opening of Marc Jacobs’ first boutique, it became fashion central. Designers such as Reiss, Maison Margiela, Coach, Zadig & Voltaire, Mulberry, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece and Comptoir des Cottoniers unveiled units, and Ralph Lauren opened multiple stores on the thoroughfare. The Internet, high rents and shifting consumer shopping habits took a toll on the once red-hot street, leaving dozens of empty spaces.
Brookfield Property Partners, sensing an opportunity at depressed prices, in the spring snapped up seven storefronts from New York REIT for an estimated $31.5 million. The deal left many in the real estate community scratching their heads and wondering why a company as large as Brookfield would take such an interest in Bleecker Street. Michael Goldban, senior vice president of retail leasing at Brookfield Properties, in an interview with WWD on Thursday, said that the project is something of an experiment.
Super-influencer @chiaraferragni doesn't miss a beat— or a party. Last night, she inaugurated Pomellato's newest boutique on Rodeo Drive, decked out in bling from the jewelry brand. At the event, Ferragni took some time to sit down with us to discuss motherhood, being a newlywed, and the hotly-anticipated documentary she is currently filming.
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As the conversation around sustainability only grows stronger in fashion circles, Everlane has made a new declaration: it’s saying goodbye to virgin plastic. The company, whose ethos is all about “radical transparency,” in terms of pricing and ethical factories, plans to be completely free of virgin plastics by 2021. “We’re producing millions of units and every unit that goes out is wrapped in plastic,” said founder and CEO, Michael Preysman. “At the beginning, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s just take off all these plastic bags.’ There are a lot of complications to that. Everything you buy in the world comes wrapped in plastic when it comes out of the factory.”
Meet Flamingo. The direct-to-consumer brand is Harry’s first foray into products designed specifically for women. The line goes beyond shaving, venturing into a space that is typically relegated to darker corners of the drugstore — at-home waxing. #wwdbeauty