5 posts tagged "Bird"
We spotted a bounty of camo-print varieties during Resort and at the menswear shows. In case you don’t want to wait until those covetable Marc by Marc and Givenchy Resort items hit stores in November, the team at Edith A. Miller has a stopgap right now. Edith A. Miller’s Jennifer Murray and Nancy Gibson pulled archival camo print from the label’s century-old mill and created six fresh takes on it (some items have the brand’s signature stripe in the mix, too). The fatigue-inspired styles ($62-$82) are in stores like New York’s Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Bird in Brooklyn now.
For the Birds of New York, that is. In addition to its usual trove of Zero + Maria Cornejo, Brooklyn’s three Bird boutiques (in Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill) will be carrying an exclusive piece created especially for the store. The shift (left) was inspired by Cornejo’s trip to Turkey last year: The punchy, geometric print was informed by fabric she picked up in Istanbul’s frenetic Grand Bazaar. She warmed up the original palette for the holidays, opting for rich red, but the shape is quintessential Cornejo. “It’s a signature dress,” the designer told Style.com. “It’s the dress I love—a classic Zero shape.” This is Cornejo’s first collaboration with Bird—the idea was friend and owner Jen Mankins’—but she digs the concept. “More and more I’m into working on special relationships with people,” she said. “It makes sense right now.”
The limited-edition dress (and we do mean limited: Each store has one size apiece), which retails for $520, gets a welcome party tonight at Bird’s Williamsburg outpost from 6 to 9 p.m. And, for an added holiday bonus, proceeds from the sale of the dress, as well as the evening in general, will go to Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the victims of domestic violence victims and their children.
Bird, 203 Grand St., between Bedford and Driggs avenues, (718) 388-1655, www.shopbird.com.
Speaking as someone who likes a bit of boy-ness in my wardrobe, I’m always pleased when menswear favorites go femme. Think the boyfriend jacket, the boyfriend jean, and now the boyfriend shoe. The Generic Man’s Brandon Day and Kevin Carney kept hearing that the ladies loved the kicks they made for dudes, so they decided to produce identical styles on a women’s last. Now in their second season, they’re jazzing them up a bit more, offering feminine tweaks like patent piping and Pop colors like yellow and purple that you won’t find in the men’s range. Works for me. I may like boy style, but as a wise woman once sang, I enjoy being a girl.
Weather? Frightful. Economy? Still in death spiral. Fashion week? Quickly looming. There are plenty of reasons, in other words, not to go shopping. But there will soon be one solid counterargument to remove the Visa, MasterCard, or AmEx from its lockbox and hop the L train to Brooklyn: On Monday, the new Bird boutique opens in Williamsburg. This third branch of Bird takes up a whole city block on Grand Street, and proprietor Jen Mankins has filled it with apparel from such designers as Yigal Azrouël, Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Tsumori Chisato, and Thakoon. (Heading to that lockbox yet?) There’s accessories, too, of course, as well as gifts, books, kids’ stuff, and a huge selection of menswear. “Part of the reason I wound up in Williamsburg was that I wanted to find a space where I could house a lot of different elements,” explains Mankins. The size of the new store also inspired her to make the revamp of the former bakery and bread factory Brooklyn’s first LEED-certified renovation. Mankins also puts a green emphasis on the goods housed within, which means you can go shopping and still feel good.
From now until New Year’s, beloved Brooklyn retailer Bird will give holiday shoppers a preview of its third store, soon to open in Williamsburg. The Grand Street space will be the borough’s first silver-rated LEED-certified commercial renovation. In layman’s terms: Bird proprietor Jennifer Mankins has gone green, and much of the merch at the pop-up reflects that verdant choice. Among the limited-edition organic pieces by Steven Alan and animal-friendly accessories by Stella McCartney are several pieces from Brooklyn’s own Bodkin, the label designed by former Nylon editor Eviana Hartman with the help of Samantha Pleet. “Our friend Audrey Reynolds has been dyeing stuff for us in small batches,” explains Hartman of the eco-chic Bodkin product at Bird, which includes tie-dye dresses and bags. “Her ingredient list is insane,” adds Hartman. “To make the grey dye, she’s using sumac leaves, iris root, and boiled carob.” (No one said sustainability would be easy.) The Bodkin bags have been keeping Reynolds plenty busy. Though the Stormy tote (pictured here) started exclusively at Bird, due to popular demand, it will soon be available at L.A.’s TenOverSix and Chicago’s Hejfina boutiques.