Shopping: Club Clio on 14th Street, NYC

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I do try to stay up-to-date with New York’s beauty and fragrance retail news, but it’s a lot to keep track of, and sometimes I don’t know about something until I literally walk right past it on the street.

This Club Clio boutique opened on 14th Street, near Union Square, just last week. I stopped in and took a few photos while I browsed… Continue reading “Shopping: Club Clio on 14th Street, NYC”

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Covet: Gifts from Cognitive/Surplus

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I’ve attended several holiday gift markets in the New York City over the past two weekends, and in addition to sampling local edibles and picking up a few treats for myself, I did manage to accomplish some Christmas shopping. One of the stand-out vendors that I encountered, whose products will still appeal to me even when the gift-giving season has ended, was Cognitive/Surplus.

Cognitive/Surplus is a NYC-based team of artisans whose witty, lively products and consistent brand aesthetic really impressed me. I also enjoyed meeting the C/S founders, Geoff and Kristen Zephyrus, whose combined backgrounds in science and design have inspired them to create “smart, sustainable, snazzy” gifts that bring out the beauty of science in every day life.

For example?

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On the Street: Vince Boutique, Madison Avenue

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I may be reading too much into the holiday-season windows of this Vince boutique on Madison Avenue when I say that they immediately remind me of Minimalist artist Dan Flavin’s series Monument for V. Tatlin (1969-70).

Flavin’s sculptures in this series were made entirely from prefabricated fluorescent lighting tubes.

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The series was a (semi-humorous) homage to Vladimir Tatlin’s design for an impossibly high and complex tower that would serve as a monument to the Communist International organization (1919-20). Some of Flavin’s neon arrangements referred to the shapes of that never-built monument, and others were simply abstract shapes.

Were Vince’s visual merchandising experts aware of Flavin’s work and its implications about art and history? Were they trying to suggest an abstract menorah? Or did they just want to come up with a window display that was illuminated and modern (and not too expensive to execute)? Your guess is as good as mine. I’ve never even been inside a Vince shop.

Images: Vince photo by Tinsel Creation; Dan Flavin photos/works courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art and Phillips.

Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event for Fall 2013 (with update!)

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It’s that time of year again, only slightly later: Barneys’ annual fall beauty bag event has been delayed slightly due to major renovations at the Madison Avenue flagship store, but you can still Love Yourself from October 15-19 .

As you can see from the mailer above, the minimum purchase to receive a gift-bag full of samples has risen yet again, to $250. Ouch. On the other hand, if you’re in New York and just need to pick up one or two little things this month, you can still enjoy experiencing the newly unveiled Foundation, the beauty and fragrance floor.  I visited a few weeks ago and saw a few counters that had already been completed, and they really did look promising. I’m looking forward to getting the full effect on my next visit.

**UPDATE: For a peek at the bag’s contents, visit Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog.**

Image: photo by Tinsel Creation