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Despite early indications Spring was en route, the weather here is back to a groaning mix of rain and slush. I admit to daily wails of distress. But you know who laughs at meteorological distress? Swedes. Swedes are used to rainy grayness just about year-round. So, as you can imagine, they make a pretty good raincoat. Alexander Stutterheim launched his namesake company two years ago, making luxury raincoats modeled after his grandfather’s fishing jacket. (The flagship model, the Arholma, is named for the island where gramps used to fish.) They’re hand-sewn, wind- and waterproof, and, as importantly, very sharp, which is no doubt why they’ve caught the eye of discerning buyers at Project No. 8, where they’re currently stocked, and Barneys and San Francisco’s Unionmade, where they’ll debut this Spring. For those who can’t wait, they’re already available on Stutterheim’s Web site for shipping to the U.S., in unisex models and a pretty cute ladies’ cape. They won’t part the clouds, but they will protect you from them. In any case, the company makes a case for blue moods being more productive than blue skies. “What if August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, Karin Boye, and hundreds of other famous Swedish artists had lived their lives in a state of perpetual bliss? Would they still have produced such fantastic work?” their mission statement starts. “Let’s embrace Swedish melancholy. Embracing rain is a good start.” Oh, okaaaay.
It’s a cross-country season for Maria Cornejo. Fresh off the tenth anniversary party for Ikram Goldman’s Ikram boutique in Chicago this weekend, the designer is in Los Angeles, where she’s doing some celebrating of her own. Tonight, she’ll host a dinner for Paula Hayes, whose glass terraria, ceramic birdhouses, and silicone planters she’s showcasing for the next six weeks in her Melrose Avenue boutique. Hayes’ art will be familiar to anyone who’s visited MoMA since last November. Her installation, Nocturne of the Limax Maximus, was on view in the museum’s lobby until mid-April, and the vivid green plants encased within their handblown glass sculptures provided a striking counterpoint to New York’s long, dreary winter. “Paula is an artist who works with organic shapes and forms in unexpected materials,” Cornejo told Style.com. (She’s also a longtime client; Hayes wears Cornejo’s designs almost exclusively.) “I love the way that her terraria are at once very futuristic-looking, yet still encompass the natural world.” (One of said terraria is above.) The best part of the arrangement? Says Cornejo: “Our ficus tree will get a new home in a silicone planter.”
No rest for the green-thumbed, though. Next week, Cornejo’s back in New York, where on Thursday, she’ll host yet another event—her first ever for her fledgling menswear collection. (She shows a few key men’s looks on the women’s runway.) At Project No. 8 Men’s on the Lower East Side, Cornejo will be on hand to style guys, selling the limited-edition tees she designed with husband Mark Borthwick to benefit Doctors Without Borders, and perhaps most tantalizing of all, offering the collaborative Common Projects x Maria Cornejo sneakers (below) that even her own stores don’t carry.
Maria Cornejo will be at Project No. 8 Men’s (38 Orchard St., NYC) from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19; to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project No. 8—the avant-leaning New York retail mini-chain that now encompasses Project No. 8, the men’s shop No. 8b, and Project No. 8a at the Ace Hotel—is adding another sibling to its family: a new Project pop-up, opening in Tribeca today. “It was sort of comically last-minute and off-the-cuff,” says owner Brian Janusiak with a laugh. “We had the opportunity to take it and we thought, I guess we just should.”
The tiny shop will feature the same mix of designers as Janusiak and partner Elizabeth Beer’s other stores, but with a new emphasis on more limited and more expensive items. “There are certain things from these designers that we kind of keep in the back [of the other stores] and bring out special, or if somebody asks,” Janusiak goes on. “In a way, Tribeca’s a totally different neighborhood, a different demographic. It allows us to bring these things into a public space, when they’ve been very private.” The stock will include pieces by the Belgian accessory designer Natalia Brilli, Pyrex jewelry by Jane D’Arensbourg, and Paris-made bags and small leather goods by Isaac Reina, an Hermès alum who has worked with Maison Martin Margiela and currently collaborates with Cacharel.
The Tribeca space will remain open through mid-February, for anyone eyeing a high-design Valentine’s Day present. But for the major gift-giving season before then, there’s a second pop-up on the way: A Paris temporary store in the Marais, opening Thanksgiving Day, which Janusiak describes as a “special-project gift shop.”
Project No. 8′s Tribeca pop-up opens today at 186 Duane St., NYC, (212) 966-3904, and is open Wednesday through Friday, 12 to 7 p.m., through February 14, 2011.