Ugh: Patricia Field Store Is Closing After 50 Glorious Years
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that the East Village is officially over. Done. Dead. This spring, Patricia Field’s boutique on Bowery will be closing its doors after fifty glorious years. “I’ve enjoyed the game… but I’m getting tired,” the designer told the Daily News. “I want to open my social life back up.”
The boutique first opened its doors in 1966. Since it moved to the East side five years later, it has been a favorite of club kids, artists, and A-listers alike—Debbie Harry, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Caitlyn Jenner are among Field’s eclectic clientele.
The 74-year-old designer is known for her award-winning work as a costume designer for movies like The Devil Wears Prada, and TV shows like Ugly Betty and, perhaps most notably, Sex and the City. She has also been credited with making household names out of brands like Manolo Blahnik and Oscar de la Renta.
The store itself, its exposed brick walls dusted with pink glitter, is an Eden for the eccentric. Inside, the boutique is furnished with pieces from Field’s personal furniture and art collections—like a glittery “disco shark” by Kevin McHugh—and other artifacts from her work as a costume designer.
Not to worry, Field isn’t retiring. (Thank god!) She hopes to embark on some new creative projects that she’s been thinking about for a while, but has always been too busy to develop. “I’d like to make a movie with a friend of mine,” she told the Daily News. “I’ve had many offers to do a book, but we haven’t had the time.”
And though both the Bowery boutique and the online store will be officially closing for business, Field says it would be “fun to do pop-ups, absolutely. We do have a brand identity that people know. And I really don’t want to make my clients sad.”
So this is goodnight, perhaps, but not goodbye. Ms. Field, we look forward to seeing you very soon.
Images via Next, Ideal, the Coveteur, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times.