Of all the men’s shows in Paris this past January, I walked away from Agnès b. with the biggest smile on my face: so much fun, so colorful, dynamic and trippy (“A la bastille” meets downtown bad boys).
Knowing this, I couldn’t be happier to hear of the new Agnes b. store opening at 50 Howard St. in SoHo. Keeping up with her label’s themes, the shop has a massive proportion of space dedicated to artwork, and the scene is nearly as much gallery as it is boutique.
The 3,000 square foot retail store has a selection of seasonal men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as limited-edition designs from her Artist T-Shirt collection (collaborations with Harmony Korine, Dan Colen, Ryan McGinness, Rostarr and others). This is the first store the brand has opened which will include a dedicated contemporary art gallery space, 500 square feet, that Agnès describes as a “gallery wall”.
The Agnès b. brand has always had a strong connection to New York City, and SoHo, where Agnès opened her first US store in 1980. The designer is renown for discovering artists and bringing them to Paris, as she famously did with Dan Colen, Dash Snow, Ryan McGinley, and others from that storied downtown crew in the early 2000s.
Last Friday, I toasted the new store’s opening with artists Ryan McGinley, Jose Parla, Cian Browne, V Magazine editor Christopher Bartley, and Agnès Troublé herself.