Jen Mankins, the fantabulous proprietress of Brooklyn’s boutique chainlet Bird, is one of my favorite shop owners in New York: she has not one speck of fashion person attitude—as in not one speck. And she has—quietly and without making it all about her—become the borough’s most influential retailer by far. She’s also deeply charming and super-funny, and takes her sartorial cues from no one. You haven’t seen a person layer prints on prints on prints until you’ve seen Jen Mankins do it.
Now everyone can experience the Universe of of Jen just by visiting the freshly redone Bird website. There’s a blog with many and varied fun little departments—including the quite engaging Jen’s Journal. One entry includes snaps from Bird’s first-ever lookbook shoot; another features ten outfits Mankins has styled with her favorite fall pieces from the store—including this one, which breaks pretty much every leopard print rule I’ve ever invented for myself and turns out fifty kinds of awesome in the process.
There are also recipes by Friend of Bird Anna Harrington, who runs a cooking school for kids (which means they might be simple enough for even me to follow); quickie Q&A’s with random Bird shoppers, and a studio visit with the guys from Shipley and Halmos. There might possibly be an interview with me somewhere in there too.
Most importantly, Bird’s website redesign has rendered the shopping pages brighter and bigger just generally more spiffed. Making it so very much easier for me to locate items I need desperately and immediately to buy.
Were I a different kind of person—the kind who was less prone to spilling, scuffing, and staining her posessions—I would not hesitate to buy this white Tsumori Chisato Yeti wallet, because it is too awesome and weird and wonderful for words. And I have been talking myself out of buying one awesome, weird and wonderful Tsumori Chisato wallet or another for years now.
Also: this Alasdair tuxedo jacket is just about as solid an argument as you could hope to find in favor of the exceedingly pressing nature of buying a perfectly-cut tuxedo jacket .
In addition to which: have you ever seen a chicer two-inch heel in your life? Seriously, how did they swing that?