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


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

Rag & Bone Are Feeling Free


Mark Borthwick has got Rag & Bone dancing to his tune. Tomorrow night, R&B designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are hosting a party at the brand’s Soho store to fête their collaboration with the photographer—shots of Rag & Bone friends and family that Wainwright describes as “the perfect blend of Mark’s irreverent take on modern fashion photography and Rag & Bone’s downtown New York-meets-tailored workwear aesthetic.” The perfect blend’s been a long time coming. Neville first met Borthwick on a beach in Mexico about ten years ago: “He was playing a guitar around a campfire,” the designer recalls. “It was a very liberating experience.” Jessica Stam, Edita Vilkeviciute, and Julien d’Ys are among the subjects who got a taste of liberation, Borthwick-style, for the shoot. The shots will be on view at the label’s Soho store starting tomorrow, but we’ve got your first look here on Style File today. Continue Reading “Rag & Bone Are Feeling Free” »

No Use Crying Over Spilt Vodka


Bottle service, deafening dance music, and an eager chorus of people clamoring to get in—just another Friday night at Avenue, except for the shared genes. Charlotte Ronson was throwing the after-party for her Bryant Park show, and, as usual, the family—less brother Mark, who’d flown back to London earlier that day for an album release—was there to celebrate. That’s not to say it was a Ronson-only crowd. The bash (sister Sam on the turntables) drew Zoe Kravitz, Cory Kennedy, and the ubiquitous Jared Leto (pictured, with Ronson), as well as a glut of Ronson’s fans, friends, and staff. Why not a calmer affair? “There’s too many people that work too hard—you can’t contain them,” Ronson said from her banquette, adding that after a runway event where “all those little things have to fall into place,” it’s nice to be able to get a little sloppy. “You can spill a lot of vodka and be like, oh, I meant to do that.”

And a few blocks downtown at Provocateur, Rag & Bone was celebrating its after-party, though the spills David Neville was thinking of were tears, not vodka. “We were crying backstage,” he said of the reaction among his staff when the last womenswear look went out at their show earlier that day. “It’s been such an intense season for us—we really put ourselves on the line, creatively, and coming to the end of that process, it was a little overwhelming.” And, his co-designer, Marcus Wainwright, hastened to add, the duo’s new stylist, Vanessa Reid, “kicked our ass”—in the best possible way. The bash was a celebration of many months of work, no less on the collection than on the soundtrack. “Five months,” Wainwright said, explaining that it takes that long for him and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to settle on the tracks for the shows, which Yorke then mixes and sends off. “A lot of bass this season. At the men’s show, we blew out a speaker.” One way, among many, that Rag & Bone has been blowing everyone away.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Rag & Bone, Plus A Little Help From Their Friends


Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have been on a roll with their menswear, mixing up American influences and their British roots to create a distinctive signature. They’ve done it again for Fall with a collection that layered sturdy tweeds, lodens, and Fair Isles, perfect for a hike in the Lake District, with a plaid and camo vintage flavor that hinted at Seattle grunge. Though everything was shown with scarves, beanies, hiking boots, and hitched up, gartered socks, there was always a sense of streamline, rather than winter bulk, testament to the real Factor X in this presentation—Vanessa Reid’s styling. True, Neville and Wainwright gave her the ingredients, but she whisked up the recipe, from the first look’s layering of Fair Isle sweater and camo vest with a cardigan (also in Fair Isle) knotted around the waist and plaid shirttails flying (the trousers in charcoal Harris Tweed) to the closing symphony of shadows: black blazer and shirt-jacket topped with a cutaway coat in charcoal cashmere. Another reason for Neville and Wainwright’s steady march forward is that they’ve got the smarts to pick such collaborators. Speaking of which, Thom Yorke was back doing the music. He does love his Battles, doesn’t he?
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Photo: Andrew Thomas

From Rags To Riches


They may have earned their New York cred—and become, in the process, Yanks fans to boot—but Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are English boys at heart. “There is a kind of anonymity being here that I really relish,” says Neville, who described his childhood as “classic English boarding school” at a dinner on native soil last night. “When we first landed in America, we wound up in the Midwest, where people would ask us to speak just so they could hear our accents. We certainly don’t get that here in London.”

The duo was in town to celebrate the line’s being picked up by Liberty of London, whose head buyer, Ed Burstell, called it an emblem of “downtown cool.” Guests like Poppy Delevingne and Liberty’s CEO, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, listened intently as Neville described the odyssey of the brand, including an explanation of how they arrived at their name. ” ‘Rag and Bone’ basically means a peddler selling odds and ends,” says Neville, who often has to explain it in the U.S., where the expression isn’t much used. “We felt that pretty much described us in the beginning.”

No one would accuse them of being rag peddlers now. Toasted by Liberty with a sumptuous five-course dinner—complete with fine wines and liveried waiters—the boys were feeling flush, too. Guests left with the mother of all goody bags: a scented candle (lovely), a cashmere snood, and a Rag gift certificate for a whopping £500. If word of that generosity gets out, they won’t stay anonymous on this side of the Atlantic for long.

Photo: Marcio Madeira