For Fall/Winter 2013, Michael Bastian opens a pop-up shop at the SuperPier in New York City’s Hudson River Park. This is the 11th installment of the Building Fashion Series by BOFFO, a non-profit organization that fosters creatives in the worlds of fashion, art and design. BOFFO commissioned an architecture competition for the pop-up, selecting design “farm,” Bittertang, whose proposal was to cover shipping containers in hay and carefully melt beeswax for the interior walls.
This seemingly unglamorous façade was inspired by a sort of New England Goth aesthetic, like that of the American painter Andrew Wyeth, whose work was the main influence for Bastian’s Fall 2013 collection. “One of the advantages of having a temporary store,” Bastian told us, “is that we can focus on this one season, embrace this one moment.” Indeed, the space embraces the wintery season, with its unique charm and small-space intimacy reminiscent of an old, warmly-lit cabin.
Upon stepping into the discrete entrance of the shop, visitors are greeted by a pungent smell of the beeswax that cover the interior surfaces. Walking past the cozy faux-fireplace of the first room and into the second, shoppers can browse a selection of one-of-a-kind, runway-only pieces, available for purchase on the spot. If you are around, we highly recommend a visit to this quaint pop-up at 15th Street and West Side Highway, open now until November 20.