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TT Vol. 46
Dawn Davis at BA, Bode Tailoring Shop, Stella McCartney FW21
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As a publisher I worked on all kinds of books, from a diverse group of storytellers and in a variety of genres: history and memoir, fiction and reportage. I’ll bring that same ethos and variety to these pages, striving to always be food-forward and to cover the ways in which food is central to almost everything we touch.
We just received her second issue, with a look back at how the year of 1971 changed the food world: Cup-O-Noodle, the Quarter Pounder, salad bars, Hamburger Helper, Alice Waters, and most importantly, frozen margaritas and Tapatío. A timely article with so many of us gravitating towards comfort foods and growing food in our backyards. So far, Raquel and I have been big fans of the new direction; we’ve already made this lunch sandwich a few times. I’ve been keeping a cache of picked red onions in the fridge just for this.
Meanwhile, HBO Max is developing a comedy based on the behind the scenes drama that led to Adam Rapoport stepping down as EIC. His former assistant, Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, will be a consultant on the show. Let’s face it, we’ll be watching this.
We are continuing to do our digital window shopping from the couch. Raquel has been wanting some HOT SHOES to wear with denim. She has been eyeing these Corvette red Studio Amelia heels and this mint-y Prada pump with a rubber sole:
I went down a trail shoe worm hole this week and surfaced with a few choice options. The Salewa Wildfire series is really great, as is the Altra Olympus 4 and this nearly sold out everywhere Hoka Challenger GTX. This Nike ACG Mountain Fly GTX is still my recent fave, but it’s now going for way above the original retail price on StockX:
Our footwear choices are a real beauty and the beast situation (in the best way).
The shows continued last week. Stella McCartney as usual showed great color and pattern mixing that felt optimistic and light. She paired knitwear with great looking puddle boots:
CDG showed its FW21 women’s collection, with the usual Salomon and Nike collaboration footwear. The silhouettes are a little crazy: the Nike Premier soccer cleat, in heel form, and the Salomon XA-Alpine:
Over in NYC, Tory Burch staged her presentation at Odeon, one of our favorite restaurants. Burch frequented Odeon when she first moved to NYC; we used to go to Odeon almost weekly when we both worked in Tribeca:
Plus this bonus image from Ashish, complete with a copy of the FT.
Multi brand retailers are continuing to lean on their vendor partners to share inventory risk. As we covered here, Nordstrom plans to ramp up its drop ship to expand its assortment, rather than buy inventory through a traditional wholesale model.
And just recently, BOF reported that Prada and Net-A-Porter launched a drop ship program, something that is much less common in the luxury space where most items are made to order.
In the sneaker world, Foot Locker is piloting a drop ship program with Nike, to avoid being out of stock with key core styles. Dick Johnson (seriously that is his name), Foot Locker CEO:
While it’s early on, the program aims to provide more of the right product at the right time, to better satisfy customer demand and shorten lead times.
With such a tough year for retailers, leading brands like Prada and Nike are reducing their wholesale exposure by moving preferred retailers like Net-A-Porter and Foot Locker to less risky drop ship programs.
On Friday, New York brand Bode opened a coffee and tailoring shop next door to their shop on Hester Street. Carmine, the owner of the Classic Coffee Shop, decided after 40 years that it was time to retire. Emily Bode decided to take over the space, and add in a tailoring component:
There will be cardamom-infused drip coffee, and there even seems to be a coffee window to the street. And they work on more than just simple alterations; they will also do repairs on quilts, blankets and other linens. I have a rug that I bought in Ecuador in 2010 that has had a hole for at least 5 or 6 years. Every tailor I have brought it to in NYC has refused to work on it, but I’m fully expecting Bode to patch it for me.
We love the mix of fashion and the restaurant worlds, and this ties in an up-cycling and sustainability story too. We’re excited to stop by Hester Street sometime soon and see the new shop. Raquel and I have always fantasized about opening a tiny take away coffee shop, and hope Bode is successful.
You can see a New York Times interview with Emily Bode on IGTV, complete with a shop tour, here.
Chris & Raquel
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