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FN Pick: Varvatos Headlines at CBGB

The designer marked five years in the Bowery.

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John Varvatos, Gary Clark Jr. and Billy Gibbons at Varvatos' Bowery store location (formerly CBGB).

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In 2008, John Varvatos preserved the spirit of New York’s famed CBGB club by converting it into a store that plays off its musical past. Last Wednesday, the designer marked five years in the Bowery space with a rocking evening that featured electric performances from Gary Clark Jr. (at center) and Vintage Trouble, and included a cameo from ZZ Top’s bearded frontman, Billy Gibbons (far right). The night capped a busy week for Varvatos, who days earlier opened his first store in Miami’s South Beach.