NEW YORK — For Phillip Lim, life has been a little bit unbelievable of late. After he nabbed the CFDA Swarovski women’s wear award for his two-year-old contemporary label, 3.1 Phillip Lim, calls and e-mails from retailers and editors streamed in, as did invitations to a plethora of parties and events. Just as quickly, even more hip, connected young women started wearing his goods (and being photographed in them at parties). And yet, there was little time to sit back and enjoy the ride, what with collections to design, collaborative projects to fine-tune and, more immediately, details to wrap up on the first 3.1 Phillip Lim store, scheduled to open July 18 on SoHo’s swanky Mercer Street here.
Incredibly, it looks as if Lim will not only be under budget on his latest endeavor, but also early — no easy feat for any designer, new or established. As of Tuesday, the store was almost finished, save for a few minor tweaks in merchandising and furniture. (For those keeping track, that’s eight days in advance.) And no one is more surprised at these fortuitous turns of events than Lim himself. “People are like, ‘Can you believe your life?’ I tell everybody, ‘It’s like the stars came out and the sky opened up. And it just keeps staying open.'”
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