NOLAN’S STORE FRONT: When he decided to open his first store, Charles Nolan had his heart set on the Meatpacking District. After looking at real estate for almost a year, he finally signed a lease on Friday for an 1,800-square-foot space at 30 Gansevoort Street on the corner of Hudson Street. The store, which will open in August, barring any construction delays, will be a traditional-looking space in keeping with the neighborhood’s vintage town houses and cobblestone streets. “I wanted it to look like a shop that’s been there forever,” said Nolan, who hired residential designer Waldo Maffei to draw up the plans. The store will showcase Nolan’s signature collection, which includes everything from T-shirts to evening gowns. He’ll also sell other things, like toys for kids, antique books, ribbons by the yard and picture frames. “It will be a modern emporium of necessities,” Nolan said. “Having a shop is about having ideas.”
BARE ESSENTIALS: Lucy Sykes isn’t letting her nine-month-old son slow her down. The Marie Claire style director will host a tea party and then a cocktail hour today at Soho House. But it won’t be a traditional get-together. Designer Helena Bodas will be encouraging Sally Albemarle, Fabiola Beracasa and Jazz Johnson to have personal fittings for Bodas lingerie and pajamas.