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Mario Batali’s Eataly is Awesome
September 29, 2010, 12:31 pm
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Ahh yes… food retail… the prize winning combination of two sources of experience and innovation have joined forces for one of the most impressive new “shops” in the world.
(via Eater) Mario Batali recently described his imported food hall Eataly as a “temple,” as a place where “food is more sacred than commerce.” And while a preview of the place last night revealed there will be a heck of a lot of commerce in this place, he may be right. When it comes down to it, Eataly is nothing short of epic, a giant Slow Food mecca of all things Italy. At its core, it’s a fancy Italian grocery store with individual retail departments offering the best of everything (pastry, bread, a butcher, a fishmonger, pasta, cured meats, cheese, hand-made mozzarella, etc.), some of which are directly connected to their own sit-down restaurants with waiter service.

Check out full details at Eater

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DC Admiral Sport and THOR
October 28, 2009, 12:19 pm
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DC shoes and The Hotel on Rivington has produced some amazing sneakers for staff of the hotel.

“The model has been customized with a laser etch of “HOTEL ON RIVINGTON” on the outsole, a design treatment that pays homage to the iconic side-wall bold DCSHOECOUSA lettering on the classic DC LYNX skate model that originally launched just over a decade ago now. The First release of the LYNX was in 1998 along with the announcement of Josh Kalis joining the team. A special red strap, a key color from the hotel, completes the custom shoe.

The Admiral Sport is part of the Spring 2010 DC LIFE Collection and will be available beginning in January 2010 at select DC LIFE retailers and the DC Online Store.”

What a way to get some buzz before the launch of a big sneaker…
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(via Hypebeast)

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Mickey Mouse for Supreme
September 15, 2009, 3:34 pm
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I love Supreme and Mickey Mouse.  These limited shirts will be available in shops and on the Supreme website September 19.

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Tavern on the Green bankrupt?!?
September 11, 2009, 11:03 am
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This is a sad day for New York, Central Park, and the restuarant indsutry in general… ”

Less than two years after it announced grand plans for a national expansion, Tavern on the Green, a New York landmark, filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York.

Tavern on the Green, which has appeared in such films as “Arthur”, “Wall Street” and “New York Stories”, and where generations have celebrated weddings, anniversaries, graduations, was taken over by Warner LeRoy more than 25 years ago. It was once one of the most successful restaurants in the country. A $40 million dollar operation with a staff of 525 and nearly 500,000 patrons annually, the restaurant is known for its prime location in Central Park in addition to its beautiful garden and its elaborate decor of crystal, mirrors and Tiffany ceilings. Its eclectic menu consisted of contemporary American and seasonal fare.”

(via daily finance)

Fashion´s Night Out in Paris and New York
September 9, 2009, 12:38 pm
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Fashion´s Night Out is a program by Vogue Magazine meant to give fashion back to the people, from what I gather.  The big players in the fashion and media industries will be trolling around stores, streets, and wherever else they can get attention in honor of fashion…  Hypebeast has the dirt about the Paris event…

From helping boost consumer confidence to celebrating the notion of fashion itself, the event will see marquee events being highlighted in numerous urban enviroments across the globe. The high-profile event will get a strong push from the legendary Karl Lagerfeld as he will assume the role of shop-keeper alongside French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld at the Chanel flagship store on Avenue Montaigne. For a full run-down of the event which takes place September 10th, 2009, head over to

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld — the peripatetic designer, photographer, publisher and budding filmmaker — will be wearing yet another hat come Thursday night: shopkeeper.

He said he plans to join French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld to mind the Chanel boutique on the Avenue Montaigne in support of the Fashion’s Night Out initiative.

“I have no problem doing that. I’m a shopkeeper anyway since I have a bookshop,” said Lagerfeld, referring to his 7L boutique on the Rue de Lille here.

In fact, the designer relishes the prospect of the event, which will center on the so-called golden triangle shopping area bound by Avenue George V, Rue François 1er and Avenue Montaigne…

What is 5th Ave´s Top Destination Retailer?
August 25, 2009, 10:16 am
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Apple, of course!  Bloomburg reports that the Apple flagship on 5th Ave has surpassed rivals including Harry Winston and Tiffany´s to bethe top shop for this street.  With sales reaching $350 million annually we are not surprise.  Daily Finance reports, “There is good reason to be skeptical of the figure, if for no other reason than the number means that Apple is selling about $1 million worth of merchandise every single day of the year at the store. Put simply, $35,000 per square feet in gross sales is simply astronomical, even in New York.

On the other hand, Apple’s Fifth Avenue store may be unlike any other retail operation in the world, in terms of location, traffic, product, and sheer buzz. Madison Riley, a retail analyst at Kurt Salmon Associates, a global retail consultancy, told DailyFinance in an interview that while the number sounds extremely high, it is certainly possible.

“This is simply an amazing store,” Riley said. “I have never seen anything like it. The best I have heard was a Las Vegas specialty retailer that was operating at $12,000 [per square feet] and that is a number that I know is accurate.”

“Nevertheless,” Riley added, “Apple’s performance is extraordinary. It is indicative of a well positioned brand whose store value proposition is also clear and well executed. They offer strong product innovation and an highly engaging store experience where the customer in fully engaged before, during and after the sale.”

Voyeur no more? NYC´s Standard Hotel
August 25, 2009, 9:59 am
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With exciting reports coming in right and left about the exhibitionist style of the new NYC Standad hotel, we were remissed to see that actual city legislation is underway to end this.  According to The New York Post NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has vowed to end the spectacle that overlooks the family-friendly newly opened High Line park; suggests to local pervs that Saturday night is the best time to scope out the proceedings until she succeeds.