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International Playground Brings Its Condom-Packing Boxer Shorts to Soho

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Virginia Craddock at International Playground. (Photo: Dani Damario)

True to its name, International Playground believes in keeping fashion fun, and now it’s got a new sandbox to romp in: the store dedicated to forward-thinking Lower East Side denizens has moved uptown in spirit with a Soho outpost that opened this weekend.

With items like Chromat caged bustiers, ISLYNYC necklaces with chunky letters stating “BLAH BLAH BLAH” and “ZERO FUCKS,” and limited edition in-house team-ups (such as recent boxer shorts complete with a condom pocket and pervy photo by artist Ben Fredrickson), the shop has been an outré staple on Stanton Street since 2009. ItsSoho sibling stands out among neighbors like Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang.
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‘Black Boy Place’ Will Sell Tacky Basquiat Beanies Across From Where He Died

(Courtesy of BBP)

(Courtesy of BBP)

Not only is The Vintage Twin once again popping up at 355A Bowery tomorrow through Wednesday, but next month the space will get a titillating new tenant: Black Boy Place, the Parisian street-wear brand responsible for Jay-Z’s notorious “Tom Ford” football jerz, will make its NYC brick-and-mortar debut there from August 4 to 18.

Okay, we know what you’re thinking: what. is up. with that name. “Unlike what some might think,” explains the fashion house on its website, “Black Boy Place refers to the dark side of men rather than the color of their skin.”
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Billykirk Is Bringing Natty Amish-Made Leather Goods to Orchard Street

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just weeks after the opening of Georgia caused us to remark on Orchard Street’s “increasingly stylish” southernmost block, Billykirk is opening its first brick-and-mortar store across the street.

Back when Gargyle was at 16 Orchard Street, it consistently reordered vintage-industrial-inspired leather goods and accessories from Billykirk. So when Gargyle closed and moved to DUMBO, brothers Chris and Kirk Bray figured the vacant storefront was a good location for the brand they started in Los Angeles in 1999.
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Preview Billy Reid’s 10th Anniversary Sample Sale, Launching Tomorrow

Billy Reid's sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Billy Reid’s sample sale space on Bond/Bowery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

This year, Billy Reid turns 10. And to celebrate the big one-oh, the high-end Americana clothier (originally hailing from the South), is holding a blow-out sample sale at 57 Bond Street, just steps away from its usual NoHo storefront.
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Dear: Rivington+, Welcome to Great Jones

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Dear: Rivington + owner Moon Rhee in the new Noho location (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

High-end fashion retailers are staking out Noho like there’s no tomorrow. First there was A.P.C., then Filson landed, and Phillip Lim scored a still-under-construction spot. Now, vintage/modern luxe store Dear: Rivington+ has just moved into 37 Great Jones, fresh from its former digs on Rivington Street.
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At Last, a Look Inside the New St. Mark’s Bookshop

The new St Mark's Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

The new St Mark’s Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

After a spate of setbacks and slowdowns, St. Mark’s Bookshop has reopened in its new digs at 136 East Third Street. It’s the beloved book store’s fourth iteration since opening in the East Village in 1977. It had been at its previous spot off of Third Avenue since 1992.
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Attack of the Goth Lolitas! Harajuku Girls Descend On the LES

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(Photo: Jason Wishnow)

That veggie burger wasn’t the only thing that brought bonkers crowds to the Lower East Side over the weekend. For one very kawaii afternoon, the neighborhood turned into Harajuku and Allen Street was Takeshita Dori as Tokyo Rebel, a beacon of Japanese punk, Goth and Lolita fashion, reopened to frilly fanfare.
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This Jeweler Isn’t Big On Gems, Is More Into Transatlantic Cable

Erica Weiner in her Greenpoint Studio (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Erica Weiner in her Greenpoint Studio (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

“I find gems to be really boring” is not something one expects a jewelry-designer to say, but Erica Weiner says it and means it. “It’s more interesting to talk about De Beers’ advertising campaign than to talk about how big and perfect a diamond is. I do not give a shit about how big and perfect a diamond is.”

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Ad Hoc Expands to Greenpoint and Gets a Taste of Turf War

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

Since opening their second location in Greenpoint two weeks ago, the folks at Williamsburg-based Ad Hoc have been hard at work improving their inventory, despite what owner Ali Liu says is some “strange, passive-aggressive backlash.” The new Bedford Avenue location boasts impressive local talent: clothing designer and Fort Greener Ilana Kohn, tote and textile specialists Cold Picnic, also of Fort Greene, and architectural jewelry from The Things We Keep of Bed-Stuy.
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Gerlan Marcel’s Museum-Worthy Designs Grew Out of Tween Trips to the Mall

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Sitting in her Bushwick studio, fashion designer Gerlan Marcel looks like a 14-year-old out of a ’90s hip-hop video: she has two high-top braids on the side of her head, five-inch hoop earrings, wedge sneakers, a drawstring backpack and a black sweat suit covered in logos.

But Gerlan, who’s actually 37, doesn’t see her style as particularly youthful. “I think it’s sad that things like print and color are always equated with youth,” she said. “Like who’s to say that only young people should wear these things?”
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Will We Be Seeing L.E.S. Clothing Co. on the LES Again?

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Is L.E.S. Clothing Co. returning to the streets of the Lower East Side?

We thought that might be the case yesterday when the exiled apparel store, which was forced to give up its Clinton Street storefront last month, posted a cryptic message on its Facebook page: “Welcome Back!” it said. “LES CLOTHING Co. is on full grind mode.”
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