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4 posts tagged "Wendy Nichol"

EXCLUSIVE: Wendy Nichol Gives You the Finger

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Wendy Nichol

Wendy Nichol wants you to fuck off.

Or rather, Wendy Nichol wants you to wear an FU, a shockingly elegant proposition thanks to the designer’s latest capsule collection of jewelry and small leather goods. “I got this T-shirt and it says ‘Fuck You’ on it, in black and white. I like how hilarious it is, to just be so straightforward,” said Nichol. This breed of Canal Street vendor-Zen, as it turns out, pairs prettily with Nichol’s brand of downtown chic. The resulting pieces, which debut exclusively here, are luxe and quietly cheeky. A sculpted bronze hand, middle digit extended, is downright elegant as the closure to a supple black cowhide wallet, and flipping the bird never looked as good as it does supplemented by Nichol’s new rings, available in gold, bronze, and silver (with either oxidized or pavé talons). Any initial concerns about the salability of her strong message were easily dismissed. “I was a little bit worried about that aggressive message, but I just thought that there was so much fun and play in it that I knew people would see the humor.” Nichol’s hunch was spot-on, it seems: The pieces have been pre-selling briskly at her Soho boutique, and Barneys picked up the collection right away. “It’s like a private joke. As I’m taking out my wallet, people are like, ‘Oh, my God, is that what I think it is?’” the designer laughed. “It’s what every New York girl needs.” And should come in handy the next time a chap on the street urges you to “Smile, sweetheart.”

Jewelry is on sale now at Wendy Nichol (147 Sullivan Street, New York City), with leather goods available for preorder. The collection will be arriving at Barneys New York mid-May.

Wendy Nichol

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Now Playing: Video Fashion Week

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More and more, designers are using videos to showcase their collections. In response to that, Style.com launched its own Video Fashion Week a few seasons ago. Today, VFW returns, starting off with short films from Opening Ceremony, Wendy Nichol, and Creatures of Comfort. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch the videos. Check back daily for new videos.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Wendy Nichol Cuts A Rug And Makes A Bag

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For Civil War buffs, carpetbagger is a word with not-so-great connotations. But handbag and jewelry designer Wendy Nichol has put a new spin on the term, collaborating with bespoke textile producer Vanderhurd on a seriously limited edition of clutches and handbags made from the studio’s handwoven silk dhurrie. Designed to Nichol’s specs and produced in India on traditional looms, the dhurrie is the same type used in Vanderhurd’s rugs and heavy-duty upholstery fabrics. In other words, these bags will stand up to repeated use assuming you can get your hands on one. The first edition, arriving in March at La Garçonne (www.lagarconne.com) and the Wendy Nichol boutique in Soho, comprises a total of 45 bags across three styles. Prices range from $600 to $2,000.

Photo: Steven Torres

Where To Get That That Bag

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Forget the It bag. What you want is the cool new where’d-you-find-it That bag—as in, “Who made that bag?” and “I’ve been looking for a bag just like that!” And that’s the specialty of Wendy Nichol, whose covetable but not-quite-placeable bags—the cinched leopard (available in snow leopard, too, because, hell, why not?) bucket bag you’ve been eyeing, the oversized crinkled calf leather tote—are currently sold at Barneys, Stuart & Wright, and No. 6. And soon, at Nichol’s own store: The designer is opening her first shop, Wendy Nichol Studio, in Soho this September. Alongside the complete range of bags, the Studio will be selling Nichol’s line of cult-fave jewelry, a selection of vintage clothes and accessories, and special one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces, such as bags dyed by Brooklyn-based organic dyer Audrey Reynolds. “It’s going to be an atelier of sorts,” Nichol explains, “because we’ll be custom-making pieces, too. You can come in an choose the hide you want, or pick out a vintage Mexican blanket and have that made into a duffel bag or a bullet bag.” Customer can even watch their bags being made in the workshop at the back of the Sullivan Street space. “Hang out!” Nichol implores. “We’ll be painting, we’ll be sewing, we’ll be braiding.” That’s that.

Wendy Nichol Studio, 147 Sullivan St., NYC, open mid-September.

Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Nichol