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August 2 2014

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Dagny + Barstow On The Bowery

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Once home to Lenny Kravitz’s rock star lounge Kos, 264 Bowery has a new tenant. Tomorrow, Dagny + Barstow, the downtown shop formerly nestled in a pop-up on Gansevoort Street, will officially open for business. Owned by college pals Meredith Blank and Emily Titelman, the store aims to offer style-savvy New Yorkers something a little different. “We were getting frustrated seeing the same exact labels everywhere. There’s so much more out there, so we wanted to bring a new crop of designers into the city,” says Blank.

The store, which Blank notes retains the original brick wall, bar, and chandelier from the Kravitz days, is named for Dagny Taggart, the stern railroad executive in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, and Barstow, California, the desert city where Johnny Depp starts to get a little (ahem) crazy in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “Dagny’s just an amazing character because she’s aloof and tough as nails. We really liked associating our store with that,” says Titelman.

After traveling between London and Paris, as well as stalking international style blogs, the proprietors have curated an impressive stock list, featuring the likes of print mavens Swash London, British bag designer Sophie Hulme, and Dévastée. Local brands like Kaelen, Timo Weiland, and hat designer Satya Twena are also well represented in the boutique, with prices ranging between $100 and $1,500. Just to make sure there’s something for everyone, the duo has collaborated with Reason Clothing to bring vintage items to the shop and they have plans to launch their own line next season.

In keeping with the Bowery’s creative history, the store, which is not only caddy corner to the New Museum and across from Sperone Westwater Gallery but was also featured in Berenice Abbott’s 1935 photograph Tri-Boro Barber School, will have an art slant. Dagny + Barstow has collaborated with Artstar.com to offer a range of modestly priced prints and original works by up-and-coming artists. “This is such an exciting time for the Bowery,” says Blank. “There are so many wonderful galleries, shops, and restaurants and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Dagny + Barstow, 264 Bowery, NYC, (212) 675-2346.

Photo: Greta Titelman

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