Hipster vs. Hipster
Williamsburg hipsters are very busy these days! Whether it’s butchering some kind of heirloom pig or smelting the umpteenth variation on a V-shaped necklace to sell at Brooklyn Flea, what burgeoning tradesman or woman has time to dig through thrift stores for the perfect pair of high-waisted Jordache jeans or frumpy chic granny sweaters? Not to mention that the neighborhoods’ thrift stores have been hopelessly picked over since at least 2005.
Thank goodness Urban Outfitters—and maybe even Anthropologie!—will soon be coming to the neighborhood. The college campus staple and her older, wealthier sister (who’s always going off on trips to foreign lands, writing dreamy not-quite-coherent thoughts in her leather-bound diary) are both looking to move into Williamsburg, Crain’s reports.
Fashion Week Observed
Fresh off the runways in Milan and Paris, model-newcomer Miles McMillan (who walked in Dior, Etro, John Varvatos, Costume National and Damir Doma—to name a few) is gearing up for another strong season of shows and parties in New York. The Observer hunted him down to find out what life is like when you’re so in-demand.
Over the weekend, a “New Arrivals” email from Urban Outfitters landed in the Daily Transom’s inbox featuring a yellow graphic t-shirt described as “The New York Times Scoop Tee.” Across its front is the Times logo.
The $24 item appears in the same section on the retailer’s website as loose tees with slogans Read More
When Urban Outfitters last year declared its intent to renovate a landmarked theater on the Upper West Side, the outcry was swift. Although the Metro Theater stood empty, its interior Deco flourishes gutted several years ago, news that the national retailer planned to set up shop there sparked a Read More
With government stimulus checks mostly spent, July was a gloomy month for retailers. WWD took a toll of the national chains that either fell short of expectations or took a hit last month–or both–compared to July 2007.
Sales were up 3 percent year-over-year at Wal-Mart, falling short of the 3.4 percent boost analysts Read More
You think Jimmy Carter has problems. Yesterday on the progressive Jewish blog, Jewschool, Mobius noted that Urban Outfitters was selling kaffiyehs—the Arab scarf popularized by Yasir Arafat—as “antiwar scarves”:
In hipster enclaves such as Berlin and Brooklyn, the kaffiyeh is so ubiquitous it’s already passe [and] as a fashion item it is viewed by Read More
On a recent midday visit to Anthropologie on lower Fifth Avenue, women were wandering through the store with identical glazed looks—moving as if entranced, fingering the hem of a silky indigo-colored dress, say, before drifting over to the bath-accessories section to sniff Verbena soaps wrapped in toile-printed paper. Though the women were all physically different, Read More
There they were, ascending the stairs of the Bergen Street station on the F train line: pants that zipped up the rear. One hardly noticed the woman encased in them.
Is this what the female sex has come to? We’ve plowed through legs, breasts and midriffs in the course of a century–is Read More