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Opening Ceremony, a hotspot for the fashion obsessed, will debut its second New York location this month. Located in the Ace Hotel, the store occupies a 1,500-sq.-ft. space facing Broadway and will feature menswear and women’s wear on separate sides. In addition to its usual ultra-trendy assortment of footwear from brands such as Slow & Steady Wins the Race, Alexander Wang, Chloé Sevigny for Opening Ceremony and Bernhard Willhelm for Camper, the shop will stock everything from apparel to toothpaste to condoms.
Botkier last month celebrated the opening of a new boutique on Mott Street in Nolita. Monica Botkier, creative director of the brand, collaborated on the store concept with interior designer Valerie Pasquiou (who also oversaw the renovation of Botkier’s Brooklyn brownstone), incorporating such elements as a dark wooden floor and decorative tin ceiling. The idea, Botkier said, was to create a clean, modern space with a downtown vibe. “I was looking [for locations] for the past two years, focusing on the Meatpacking District and Soho, but the spaces were so huge and it didn’t really make sense for our brand. I wanted more of a boutique feeling,” Botkier said. “As a born-and-raised New Yorker, I felt that Nolita still retains a sense of an old New York neighborhood.”
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H&M received harsh criticism last month from New York media after pedestrians found bags of slashed, unused clothing and shoes outside several of its Manhattan stores. The company has since apologized for the allegedly unauthorized behavior and posted a statement on its Website last month, citing the various charities to which it is committed to donating unsold inventory, including the Red Cross, Helping Hands, UNHCR and Caritas.
Plaza Too has shuttered two of its shops. The lease on its Upper West Side location expired on Dec. 31, and the retailer decided not to renew, according to owner Tom Mendes. The company also closed its shop in Westport, Conn., but offered no further details.