Scratch a Niche
No Butts About It
This is the first post in a series on ecommerce startups.
The advent of online shopping has threatened to divorce buying stuff from talking to people for good. It’s a shame, because socializing and new stuff acquisition are a potent combo when it comes to raising one’s self esteem.
Not to mention, as Gretchen Weiners once said, “You wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends first if it looks good on you.”
Life for smokers in Carroll Gardens just got a little more dangerous.
A 29-year-old woman was smoking on a sidewalk along Luquer Street at around 9:50 pm on Sunday night when a man came up to her and asked for a cigarette. But when she denied his request, he stabbed her, possibly with an ice pick, Read More
At least locals upset about all the hipster trustfunders taking over Williamsburg may get some new places to drown their sorrows. More than 100 businesses applied for liquor licenses at this month’s Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting and 37 of them are brand new locales.
Among the applicants was local rum distiller Read More
Hipster vs. Hipster
Urban Outfitters has been caught with its pants down—and out.
Police are still searching for a group of five men that made away with 20 pairs of pants in mid-March.
The store, in the trendy Cobble Hill neighborhood of the borough, refused to comment on the robbery, but it is believed that the thieves entered Read More
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
Today, Congressman Joe Crowley along with fellow local members of the House of Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Eliot Engel and Peter King and five other lawmakers called on the CEO of Urban Outfitters to cease selling clothing items which they say negatively stereotype Irish and Irish-Americans.
“By selling and promoting these items, Urban Outfitters is only fueling stereotypes that many Irish-Americans, as well as the people of Ireland, work so hard to dispel,” said Mr. Crowley in a statement.
Among the offensive items include a hat which refers to “Irish Yoga” as someone vomiting, a beverage container with the words “Leprechaun (expletive)”, and a T-shirt with the slogan “Irish I Were Drunk.”
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 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 Read More