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Robert James Is Strapping On His Cowboy Boots and Walking Away From Bedford

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By Robert James has been outfitting dapper dudes on Bedford Ave since December of 2012, but time’s up for the pop-up shop. “We’ll be moving just around the corner on Grand, between Bedford and Driggs. So we’re still staying in the neighborhood,” said a clerk who added that a lease was being negotiated (according to a sign in the window, the new store will open Nov. 15).
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B+B Would Like to Welcome BB to the Neighborhood

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

Many a Manhattan business has opened a Williamsburg outpost, but this time it’s a Chelsea barbershop, and not another downtown bar, that’s crossing the river.

Barber Bart will open at 267 Metropolitan Avenue in mid-December.

“I lived in Williamsburg for four years on Leonard Street,” explains Bart Trybala, 37, who opened the original location nine years ago. “I really like the neighborhood, and the residents have money. I’m more then happy to serve them. We do everything from haircuts and massages to manicures and pedicures.”

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50-Cent Records, Anyone? Academy Annex Is Having a Moving Sale

(Photo courtesy of Academy Annex)

As if those upcoming record fairs weren’t enough, Academy Annex is having a blowout sale before it moves from Williamsburg to Greenpoint at the end of the week. According to a clerk, about 50 bins of $1 records are now priced at 2 for $1 and, even sweeter, 15 for $5. In addition, about 20 bins worth of records have been marked down to 2 for $5.
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This Fashion Editor Has a Need for Tweed, So We Took Him to Cadet

We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.

Benjamin surveys his options at Cadet. (All photos: Lauren Smith)

Benjamin surveys his options at Cadet. (All photos: Lauren Smith)

 “I'm very big on patterns,

“I'm very big on patterns," says Benjamin, in his paisley blazer.

“I have a love-hate relationship with denim. Meaning I actually hate it. But I want to love it,” he says, examining a pair of jeans inspired by '50s aviator pants (according to Brad), with a back buckle and metal detailing.

“I have a love-hate relationship with denim. Meaning I actually hate it. But I want to love it,” he says, examining a pair of jeans inspired by '50s aviator pants (according to Brad), with a back buckle and metal detailing.

He explores further and finds another pair in a similar style, but made from navy blue herringbone.

He explores further and finds another pair in a similar style, but made from navy blue herringbone.

"Oh, I like these," he says. "These satisfy my need for tweed."

 “They’re toasty,

“They’re toasty," he says, after trying on the pants. "Good for an airplane. I travel a lot, so I need something like this. I actually prefer being cold, but I can appreciate a toasty pant.”

“There’s some cool detailing, but it’s still simple. I love the asymmetrical codpiece!” he says, admiring how the front zipper of the pants veers off to the right.

“There’s some cool detailing, but it’s still simple. I love the asymmetrical codpiece!” he says, admiring how the front zipper of the pants veers off to the right.

 “I’d probably wear them with boots,

“I’d probably wear them with boots," he says. "Though these sneakers don’t look bad. These are my first pair of sneakers, you know!”

His brother worked for Nike, he says, and bought him the kicks to force him toward "expanding his options" beyond dress shoes.

Despite his love for patterns, Benjamin picks up a simple navy crew-neck sweatshirt to complete the outfit.

Despite his love for patterns, Benjamin picks up a simple navy crew-neck sweatshirt to complete the outfit.

"I try not to be too traditional," he says. "In Paris [last Fashion Week] I was running around in a sweatshirt and a lot of jewelry."

After worriedly asking whether or not a tee with a single pocket and tiny navy stripes was from last season “because it’s short-sleeve,” Benjamin chose to wear it underneath his sweatshirt, peeking out from the collar just a teeny bit.

After worriedly asking whether or not a tee with a single pocket and tiny navy stripes was from last season “because it’s short-sleeve,” Benjamin chose to wear it underneath his sweatshirt, peeking out from the collar just a teeny bit.

We learned from Benjamin, after six pronunciation attempts and a spelling lesson, that the fashion-conscious name for horizontal stripes on a shirt is mariniere. It is derived from the French word for “sailor” because 1850s French seamen wore them to stick out more visibly against the waves.  (Here are Benjamin's shirt and some sailors in mariniere, via Cadet and Wikipedia.)

We learned from Benjamin, after six pronunciation attempts and a spelling lesson, that the fashion-conscious name for horizontal stripes on a shirt is mariniere. It is derived from the French word for “sailor” because 1850s French seamen wore them to stick out more visibly against the waves. (Here are Benjamin's shirt and some sailors in mariniere, via Cadet and Wikipedia.)

Fun fact: The world’s first mariniere shirt design had exactly 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories.

Benjamin's final outfit.

Benjamin's final outfit. "It's easy," he says. "Very grab-and-go. I'd probably pair it with a necklace."

When we met up with Benjamin-Emile Le Hay at the Williamsburg branch of Cadet, he was wearing a royal-blue blazer with a pattern of black paisley, a muted striped button-down, and a pair of very significant sneakers. We were lucky enough to catch Benjamin, who works at the New York Observer as a fashion editor and is a contributing columnist at Shindigger (meaning he gets paid to go to parties full of fancy, crazy people), the day before New York Fashion Week began. He’s attending Milan Fashion Week at the moment, tweeting about Ferragamo’s use of python.
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Don’t Miss These Blockbuster Block Parties Tomorrow

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The East 9th Street block party. (Photo: Jacob Sugarman)

Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
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You're Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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Fashion Weekend Photos: ‘Who Said Williamsburg Isn’t Cool Anymore?’

Ramono Martelli of ShocKVintage prepping a model. (All photos by Ebru Yildiz)

Ramono Martelli of ShocKVintage prepping a model. (All photos by Ebru Yildiz)

A ShocKVintage model making mental preparations.

A ShocKVintage model making mental preparations.

Two ShocKVintage models adjusting.

Two ShocKVintage models adjusting.

A FoXXy Face Couture model, shortly after his oil-rubbing comment.

A FoXXy Face Couture model, shortly after his oil-rubbing comment.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend founder Arthur Arbit.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend founder Arthur Arbit.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic models, including Gerald Cotiangco.

Shute Organic models, including Gerald Cotiangco.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Atmosphere.

Atmosphere.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

Designer Melissa Lockwood and her models.

Designer Melissa Lockwood and her models.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

Geary Marcello and his models.

Geary Marcello and his models.

On the second night of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, Geary Marcello prepped his models while wearing a purple plaid schoolgirl skirt over his pants and a three-inch spike through his septum.

“It’s about New York in the ’70s, in the disco era, when everything was whimsical and a novelty, but still had edginess,” said the bubbly designer of his FoXXy Face Couture line. “My shows have been called controversial, but I’m not trying to be controversial about sexuality or politics or anything else. It’s about creating a feeling.”
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At Black Square, You Can Get a Tat, Buy a Zine, or Just Chill

Anton (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Anton (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Russia-born artist Anton Zolotov is drawing outside the lines with Black Square, a tattoo shop/book and zine store opening this Monday in Williamsburg. He considers the shop to be an art project rather than a business and is focused on creating a place where people can just chill. “I wanted to do something that I haven’t seen done yet, a different take on tattooing,” he told B+B. “People can hang out here and it will be more about that, not just getting tattooed.”
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Brooklyn’s Tiniest DJ Will Spin On Orchard Street This Sunday

DJ Kai performing at this past June's Daylife. (via LES BID)

DJ Kai performing at this past June’s Daylife. (via LES BID)

Until the Lower East Side’s favorite Brooklyn-born, nine-year-old DJ manages to break from the shackles of his 10 p.m. bedtime, fans can only catch Kai Song spinning while the sun is wholly up. Naturally this would make him an institution at Daylife, the neighborhood’s sort-of-semi-annual three-block bash, which has its final hurrah of the season this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
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A Visit With Karen O’s Designer, Christian Joy, Before Her Big Show This Weekend

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

Christian Joy's Greenpoint studio (Photo: Araceli Cruz)

In the heart of working-class Greenpoint, a few blocks from McGolrick Park, lives the fashion designer who dresses one of our favorite rock stars. Christian Joy is responsible for creating the amazing and often outlandish vision that is Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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Sick Kicks: A ‘Dead Animal Addict’ Made These Taxidermy Shoes

At Saturday’s B+B Bazaar there’ll be faux taxidermy courtesy of Beetle & Flor, and there’ll be some not-so-faux taxidermy, too. Meet Divya.

The shoes. (Courtesy of Divya)

The shoes. (Courtesy of Divya)

Divya Anantharaman places a scalpel into the chest of a sparrow that lies belly-up on a cutting board. “You have to find the natural part, and cut along that,” she explains. “He has a part in his feathers, just like we have a part in our hair.”

No, this isn’t one of Divya’s wildly popular taxidermy classes. She’s at her Greenpoint studio, preparing the bird to be used as flair for her very first pair of taxidermy shoes.
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Shira Entis of Fleabags Goes Thrifting at Atlantis Attic

We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.

Shira outside Atlantis Attic.

Shira outside Atlantis Attic.

Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.

Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.

Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”

Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”

This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.

This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.

“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally,

“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally," she told us.

 “The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”

“The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”

Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time,

Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time," she said. "I wear them until they have holes in them."

She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”

She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”

Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”

Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”

She paired it with a forest green two-button sweater, which she also chose without much deliberation. “It’s a nice color and fit,” she said. “It feels weird shopping for sweaters now, but I wanted one.”

The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”

The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”

Is it fake? What do you think?

Is it fake? What do you think?

“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”

“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”

Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”

Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”

Outfit price: $10 converse + $5 shirt + $1 scarf + $5 sweater + $30 (fake) Fendi + $5 jorts = $56 total ($26 without the Fendi)

Shira Entis, co-founder of Williamsburg-based tote shop Fleabags and thrift shopper extraordinaire, met Bedford + Bowery by the Graham L wearing a Goofy t-shirt with many holes and her own sewn-on patches. She combined it with a heavy silver necklace inlaid with turquoise, frayed jorts, and a straw sunhat tied with a black ribbon.
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