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SCHOOL TIES: It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a student body to open a shoe boutique. On Wednesday evening, New School student (and girl-about-town) Victoria Traina hosted a party to fete her school chum and London social Davinia Wang's footwear outpost, Edon Manor, which opened two weeks earlier. The party was brimming with Traina and Wang's classmates, including Ryan Korban, Edon Manor's creative director.
"We wanted the store to be like the old accessory boutiques on Bleecker Street," Korban said, "before Bleecker Street turned into Times Square." Indeed, the shop — which stocks shoes from Proenza Schouler, Givenchy and Valentino — occupies an otherwise sleepy street in TriBeCa. As for the store's decor, Wang, who hails from London by way of Hong Kong, gave her schoolmate specific instructions.
"Davinia wanted it to look like a carbon copy of her family's estate in England," Korban explained. To that end, he furnished the space with regal accents like antique leather chairs and teal chintz curtains.
Though Edon Manor currently stocks shoes and some handbags, Wang plans to venture into hosiery and jewelry. Meanwhile, for Traina and Korban, just shoes is fine: The two are producing a film on footwear as their senior thesis.