2009 May 1


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Philip Crangi and his sister Courtney Crangi Philip Crangi and his sister Courtney Crangi
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(NEW YORK) Times Square has plenty of notoriety, but drop-dead fashion has rarely figured into its image. Last night, all that changed with the opening of the Save Fashion pop-up shop in a storefront entitled Blank SL8 at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. "I usually try to avoid this area," laughed Justin Giunta, eschewing an Alize cocktail in favor of a humble Amstel Light. Similar sentiments were heard all over the room, but shoppers flocked to score bargain $79 blouses from Lyn Devon and $300 leather tights from Elise Øverland. Rachel Comey watched over her deeply-discounted wares as they flew out of the store, while Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos dropped in to marvel at the racks of merch, which will change on a weekly basis. The shop results from a collaboration between Refinery29, the Times Square Alliance, the Fashion Center BID the Launch Collective and the Port Authority.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg even has thoughts on the matter. "The Times Square Alliance and Fashion Center BID have arrived at a truly innovative way to showcase the work of New York’s creative artists and designers,” he said in a statement. “Blank SL8 will not only benefit artists and shoppers, it will also reinforce Eighth Avenue as center of fashion and architecture, and it will generate additional economic activity at a critically important time. I commend the Port Authority, 'Save Fashion,' and Refinery 29 for their efforts to make this groundbreaking collaboration between two BIDs a reality.” The Daily seconds the motion.

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