9 posts tagged "Slow and Steady Wins the Race"
Accessories, I am sorry to report, do not get a good shake from the Great Thinkers. Seneca, for example, said, “They that mistake life’s accessories for life itself are like them that go too fast in a maze.” John Lennon posited that drugs are accessories to normal living, in a society too cruel to be lived plain. Granted, neither of them was talking about bags and shoes, but let the points stand: In Utopia, we’d all be Zen master minimalists. But what’s the fun in that? If Utopia entails moping around in togas, surely we’d all rather indulge our flawed humanity at the Little House of Accessories, the new outpost for all things extraneous opened last week by Opening Ceremony. Adjacent to the Opening Ceremony store in L.A., the Little House puts accessories from the likes of Alexander Wang, Delfina Delettrez, Proenza Schouler, Linda Farrow, and Slow and Steady Wins the Race all in one place. If you’re dying to pick up the creeper-buckled wedge boots from the new Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony collection, this is the place do it (while supplies last.) Moreover, New York-based antique jeweler Kentshire Galleries has set up its first Los Angeles outpost at the shop, which O.C. founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have seen fit to decorate in surreal, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids style. Long story short—when it comes to Utopia, to each her own.
It’s good to see that creative inspiration hasn’t slid into an abyss with the economy. Shining out from the growing pile of fashion show invites on my desk is a whimsical Mylar balloon from Slow and Steady Wins the Race and a rather more prosaic oven mitt from Betsey Johnson. One of this season’s more collectible invitations promises to be that from Lewis and Ashley Jeanne. Like Abigail Lorick, who last season cornered the market on used copies of Virginia Woolf paperbacks, Alison Lewis and Ashley Granata scoured eBay and vintage stores all over the country for old scarves, which they then spent a day silk-screening. (That’s mine pictured here.) “It feels like we’re in college again,” reported a paint-splattered Lewis. “It’s awesome.”
Urban Outfitters is at it again. Continuing in its quest to become the tightwad’s answer to Barneys Co-Op, the retailer is set to launch several new designer collections this spring, among them GUAM from jewelry designer Brian Crumley, Dark Matter by Knox bags, and an as-yet-unnamed range of hats by Eugenia Kim. Coming to an Urban near you even sooner than that is Mirror/Dash, designed by Sonic Youth icon Kim Gordon in collaboration with Jeffrey Monteiro and Melinda Wansbrough. The Mirror/Dash pieces include a dot-print wrap dress and cropped double-breasted blazer, and as of now, the store has the exclusive on the previously limited-edition line. Gordon will also be setting up shop at the company’s L.A. pop-up shop, called 15 Twenty, in April. And that’s not all. The first deliveries from Cool Casual, Slow and Steady Wins the Race’s new collection for UO, will also be arriving this month. “The idea is, eight items for $88,” explains Slow and Steady designer Mary Ping. “There are a couple of leather pieces that have to go for more—but that’s still a pretty amazing bargain.” One of the premium items is a leather pocket tee, but the Cool Casual harem-style twills and boatneck dress (pictured here) clock in well below the taxman’s radar, at least in New York City. “I’m taking over the L.A. pop-up in May,” notes Ping. “We’re all crossing our fingers that the bags and shoes will be ready by then.” Given that one of the Cool Casual shoes Ping designed riff on her sold-out Slow and Steady canvas wedges, tightwads everywhere ought to cross their fingers, too.
Though Mary Ping’s many fans couldn’t help but mourn when the designer put her eponymous line on hiatus last year, there’s been reason to celebrate Ping’s decision as well. A full-time focus on her Slow and Steady Wins the Race brand has allowed Ping to go gangbusters, launching both SSWTR’s much-beloved collection of sunglasses with Sol Moscot and a line of shoes that sold out at Opening Ceremony within a week of delivery. Now Ping is opening a store—a department store, in fact. “I’m taking the idea of a big department store, and kind of smushing all the levels into one floor,” Ping explains of her Slow and Steady pop-up, which opens today at the Saatchi & Saatchi space in west Soho. Shoppers will be able to browse the complete archive of Slow and Steady products displayed inside the unfinished wood and raw canvas “departments” Ping has installed at the space, and she’s got a few new tricks up her sleeve, too. “We have a perfume
counter and a bridal atelier.” Bridal? “Yup. There’s one wedding dress, and it costs $100.”