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July 28 2014

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Rag & Bone Is Moving Into The Cafe Colonial Space—And Maybe That’s OK

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When rumors spread earlier today that Rag & Bone would be opening up a new shop in the Nolita space that used to house Cafe Colonial, reaction on the blogs was so hysterical, you’d think that the label’s designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville were two corrupt condo developers threatening to raze a blighted neighborhood’s community center. But this is not Breakin’ II: Electric Boogaloo. Cafe Colonial was a beloved Nolita institution, but the restaurant lost its lease and, yes, Rag is moving in. There’s been much grumbling about inaccessible fashion taking over real estate, so it may (or may not) be some comfort to know that Neville and Wainwright will be stocking the new shop exclusively with their accessibly priced basics lines—/JEAN (pictured), /SHIRT, and /KNIT—and their accessory collections. The Rag-sters are forgoing the typical gut reno, too, so Cafe Colonialists should feel free to drop by, soak up the ambience, and then grab brunch from any of the numerous very good places down the block. “As has been the case with our other stores, we are trying to keep as much of the space’s original interior as possible, including the wonderful tile floor and tin walls,” Wainwright says, adding that he and Neville “wish the owners of Cafe Colonial the best and very much hope they reopen around the corner.” Hear, hear.
Rag & Bone’s new shop is slated to open July 1 at 73 E. Houston St., NYC.

Photo: Christian Brylle/Courtesy of Rag & Bone

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