A PROPR START: A year after launching their contemporary fashion brand called Propr, musician Ben Harper and actor David Arquette are setting their sights on opening a pop-up shop in New York. The move follows the success of a store they bowed on Venice’s hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard in June and will keep open through next spring. At a photo shoot for their current fall collection at the shop, Harper and Arquette, who started Propr with David Bedwell, the former creative director of Original Penguin, left their personal imprints on the preppy line. Harper didn’t have the heart to remove the pins he picked up at a Led Zeppelin reunion concert from a rough-hewn plaid shirt. Arquette, who collects contemporary art by Banksy, Todd Schorr and Shepard Fairey, even hand-mixed a mélange of violets to screen-print on T-shirts. “Color influences me,” he said. Having expanded its retail distribution in Bloomingdale’s for the fall season, Propr hopes to attract more interest with next spring’s lineup, which was inspired by the works and wardrobes of painters Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jackson Pollock. “I was humbled before the recession,” said Harper, noting that every piece in the line retails for less than $500. “You have to earn every customer.”
August 27, 2009
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The extensive personal wardrobe of Marit Allen, the former Vogue editor and costume designer who died last year, will be auctioned by her family next month.
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