What inspired the design of the clothing store?
The (small) budget, customer expectations, and leftovers from construction projects. Circumstances determined the scope and nature of the design. Analogy: some go grocery shopping with a shopping list and an ideal meal in mind. We went shopping without a list, only a budget and the goal to create something functional within that budget. From there, we’ll make improvements.
Why is it designed like a bedroom?
We want customers to experience the store as *investigating* someone’s bedroom as a spatial metaphor of identity and psychological depth. Customers are encouraged to sift through the desk and dresser and under the mattress, where they’ll find not only clothes and accessories, but also “personal” items such as diaries (fictional), porn magazines (if we can find some), and love letters received or never sent (fictional).
What items do you carry?
An assortment to start, from traditionally vintage items such as a fur lined cape coat from the 40s and a an A-line coat from the 60s. A few couture items from designers such as Valentino. Random stuff from our juice bar and dance studio lost-and-found. Stupid funny T-shirts. An elegant sari. Otherwise, mostly ordinary items from Tse, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, etc. Not much for now, but it’ll grow and find its identity.
I heard you’re going to sell used women’s panties and soap bubbles?
Yes. We’ll put panties in a zip lock bag with a photo (from random magazine, maybe GQ) of a woman or a man. Also included is a short blurb about the person: “Sabrina plays the flute in nothing but stockings and high heels”; “Adam has a fetish for armpit hair.” We’re also going to sell soap bubbles in a container.
Do you offer consignment services?
No. Not planning to, but that could change.
Do you have an online presence?
We’re working on setting something up on Ebay. Advice welcome.
Do you purchase clothes?
When we have money to do so we will. For now, we offer credit. And it’d be much appreciated if someone can hook us up with couture leftovers.
What sort of clothes are you interested in?
Interesting or marginalized items, such as authentic Mao suits; sarees, head scarves and veils, cheongsams. Also couture items and vintage classics, but we don’t have the money to pay fair value for them. Run of the mill lightly used items from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, we can offer juice bar credit. No more women’s panties — trying to get rid of the ones we have.
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When will the store open?
Soft-opening January 1st. Limited hours that day, stay tuned.