Anthropologie is really just cranking out the projects right now. Last night we stopped by the launch party for their new site, The Anthropologist which asks the question, "What is inspiration?" and then answers it with the works of its first three chosen artists: David Eustace, Andrew Zuckerman, and Jane Campion. Basically it's an online gallery that will showcase different pieces of art. We like anything that provides a showcase for art and photography, though we're still not quite sure what this has to do with the clothes. This morning brings another collaboration announcement from the company--this time with Koi Suwannagate. The line will be called Lawan (Thai for "beautiful) and include four pieces (a gown, two cardigans, and a top). I've been a fan of the designer and her amazing appliques since I first became aware of her when Gwyneth donned one of her amazing sweaters many, many years ago. My budget has not been a fan of her prices, so needless to say I'm psyched for more affordable options. Also, we like seeing anyone's business expanding. Yay for economic turnaround!
Anthropologie Welcomes Customers to Its Headquarters for the First Time Ever, Greets Them With Anna Sui's Smiling Face
I headed down to Philadelphia last night to spend some time with Anthropolgie co-presidents Wendy Wurtzburger and Wendy McDevitt, the retailer's art and antiques buyer Keith Johnson, as well as designer extraordinaire Anna Sui. The occasion? A special screening of Man Shops Globe, Johnson's reality television show on the Sundance Channel. The series, in its second season, documents Johnson's travels around the world as he shops for the most incredible antiques and artwork for Anthropologie's stores. (He told me his most amazing find over the years was the interior of a music store in Germany. The company shipped the interior over the Atlantic and it's been in storage for about ten years. It's now being made into a room at Anthropologie's Fashion Island outpost. It'll be ready at some point in 2010.) This particular episode stars Anna Sui, who traveled with Keith to Syria.