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A MOSS IN THE GARDEN: On his upcoming guest editorship of House & Garden, Murray Moss — who The New York Times recently described as being "widely acknowledged to be the king of high-design retailing in this country" — is already trying his hand at magazine-ready metaphors. "I thought, it's like acting," he said. "You get to play the part of editor in chief of a magazine, but there's a beginning, a middle and an end." And then again: "I needed to curate it, because that's what I do. I needed it to be an exhibition. Everything in the room relates. I needed to be a through-line, so that everything in the book makes sense, like a novel. I wanted to have my say on a subject that's actually a complete narrative."

The guest editorship, a first for both Moss and the magazine, came about in part through the style maven's long friendship with House & Garden's design director, Wendy Goodman, and will be for the January issue. He'll squeeze it into his newly bicoastal life — a Los Angeles branch of his store opened just over a week ago. But that doesn't mean he's stopped searching for new frontiers. He plans to visit the Nymphenburg Palace in Germany in the near future for the magazine. Moss conceded rather modestly, "I do think they're mad to have me do it." — Irin Carmon

OOPS...WON'T DO IT AGAIN: The Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker handbag used to illustrate a story about unauthorized copies, "Senate Joins Knockoff Battle," in Thursday's New York Times, was "inadvertently" produced, said Steve & Barry's, the low-priced chain that exclusively sells the Bitten collection. In the story by Eric Wilson, the Bitten City handbag, priced at $9.95, was shown beside Anna Corinna's City Bag model, which ranges in price from $384 to $480, with the implication the higher-priced handbag inspired the design of the lower-priced one. "A prototype of a bag Sarah Jessica Parker and the Bitten design team never approved for production was inadvertently produced by Steve & Barry's," Howard Schacter, chief partnership officer, said in a statement. "When the error was discovered, production of the bag was immediately stopped. It was never put on sale at Steve & Barry's stores, and images of it were eliminated from all marketing materials. This unfortunate incident has resulted in Steve & Barry's examining its entire production process and making appropriate changes to help ensure this type of error doesn't happen in the future."
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