Saturday, May 30, 2009
Kifka + Heller is now Blank: Up & Coming Designers' Haven
It was that time of year. And a long time coming! I visited Kifka + Heller yesterday on W. 49th St. Same location, but new name (it's now called Blank), new interior (white gravel floor!) and new retail concept.
While they are still offering some of their own best pieces, they have also opened the space up to cutting-edge up-and-coming designers who haven't yet had a chance to get their names or pieces out to the masses. Or even the minors! So since we all dwell in this real estate insane and scary talent show competition stress factory of a city, Scott and Adam decided to fling open their doors to other design talent that they think deserve an opportunity to be seen and heard.
Leif and Tooya (pictured)
I love this stuff! As soon as I saw it, I was reminded of the "olden" days of Soho...way back in the mid-1980s. And this was a great recollection to have...some of my favorite memories of New York when I thought that it was the greatest place on earth (a thought that has not changed to date, by the way).
Additionally, at price points that are more conducive to relatively normal people who are trying to get by in this bizarre economy, Blank should become a definite stop along your fabulous fashion shopping route.