New York Fashion saw the launch of the annual BOFFO temporary concept store, this time in collaboration with Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects. Nicola’s, a 1,300 square foot space at Karkula’s 50 Walker Street, New York, has been transformed into a mirrored prism. The store will house a collection of limited edition pieces available to purchase such as Thierry Mugler menswear and womenswear, Nicola’s iPhone cases, jewellery, candles, t-shirts and exclusive designs by emerging international designers. BOFFO Building Fashion Founding Partner Supima, has also worked with Formichetti providing cotton materials to produce a limited edition patchwork tank top sold exclusively through BOFFO on location at Nicola’s and a giant Supima cotton panda bear. Renowned architectural firm, Gage/Clemenceau Architects were selected from over 60 candidates by BOFFO, Nicola Formichetti, and a specifically selected panel of judges to make Nicola’s inner most creativity and visions come to life in a retail environment.
Nicola’s will also feature installations from Formichetti’s past and present creations and collaborations. As the Creative Director of Thierry Mugler, Fashion Director to Lady Gaga, the Haus of Gaga, Uniqlo and Vogue Japan, as well as contributor to Dazed & Confused, AnOther Magazine and V Magazine. A selection of this work has been curated in the space alongside other initiatives exclusive to Nicola’s. Nicola’s is the first installation in a series of five collaborations celebrating architecture and fashion design. Formichetti’s concept store will be followed by young American jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth + Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson, and closes with womenswear designers, Ohne Titel + EASTON+COMBS.
Dazed Digital: How did the collaboration for the new pop-up store come about?
Nicola Formichetti: Boffo approached me and I said yes straight away. I always wanted to open a store.
DD: How did you choose the selections for the store?
Nicola Formichetti: It was very organic. Everything around me. Everything I love from. Iphone cases, t- shirts, to extreme bondage pieces to performance costumes.
DD: How would you describe the overall themes of the store?
Nicola Formichetti: Lost in transition.
DD: What is your favourite item in there?
Nicola Formichetti: My zombie panda rings. It sells out everyday so I need to re-order them!
DD: What are you most excited about next?
Nicola Formichetti: Possibility of opening nicola's around the world
Store hours will be; Monday – Saturday from 12PM – 7PM and Sundays 12PM – 6PM with press previews and special events throughout the span of the series.