By  on September 7, 2019

In the span of six months, artist Carly Mark’s Greenwich Village apartment has gone from a peaceful respite to a fashion disaster zone. Since she and former assistant Ayla Argentina founded the new-wave grunge label Puppets and Puppets during New York Fashion Week in February, her living room been overtaken by drafting tables and sewing machines. On a recent visit, Mark crosses the room to review a new sample and lets out a shriek — a latent pin has found its way deep into the bottom of her foot.

Mark and Argentina’s first fashion week outing was generally well-received — the brand has steadily been fielding requests from buyers, stylists and clientele. But their avant-garde debut — a stylish outing in vintage reconstruction — didn’t offer much in the way of commerce. Now, for their second season, the duo is ready to get down to business. A web shop selling more wearable fare will launch soon after the brand’s show on Sunday.

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