Garance Dore Open Studio Pop Up Shop @ 168 Bowerey in NYC

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ello all and happy Monday. This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Open Studio Pop Up Shop for Garance Dore. She was debuting her new stationary line which she created in collaboration with the Rifle Paper Company. It was a cold and very rainy Saturday but I was determined to go, and would not be daunted by the less then inviting weather. Well I was not alone, the forbidding weather did nothing to stem the tide of Garance’s fans who streamed through the door of the studio with dripping umbrella’s and iPhones at the ready. But can you blame them? The pop up shop was divine! Such a triumph of talent, with an incredible attention to detail and a celebration of beauty. Garance’s illustrations are exquisite and her fashion forward aesthetic with it’s lovely organic approach create a body of work that is at once breath taking and endearing. 

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From notecards to notepads to iPhone cases and prints there was something for everyone. The biggest problem was spending too much money, I heard more then one attendee lament finding themselves in this predicament. The shop was a feast for the eyes with beautifully laid out tables, white faux fur throws, minimalist black shelving and a wonderful balance of a sleek meets rustic vibe. Needless to say the event was a flutter with DSLRs, iPhones, tweets and photo ops. A flurry of Oooo’s” and “ah’s” and “did you see this?” A polite and friendly jostling of eager fans and like minded hopefuls. There was a calligrapher on hand, a coffee bar, and a talk with Garance and fellow Francophile Lola Rykiel—former ballerina and now PR maven and grand daughter of Sonia Rykiel. Such an expected treat! You can see the talk here. It was a truly wonderful way to spend a Saturday and I was glad I braved the rains and attended this memorable event. I look forward to the next pop up, I just hope next time there will be more sun then rain!

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  • alina
    March 31, 2014

    Oh nice, I would have like to be there!!!
    Love from France

  • Marieken
    March 31, 2014

    Everything looks so lovely! I would love to have a peek at the shop for myself 🙂

  • Rachelle
    March 31, 2014

    yes you do look like a “francophone”, I would have love to attend Garance is awesome!

  • Jackie Harrison
    March 31, 2014

    They had nice items I will want to purchase.

  • Fashioned by Love
    March 31, 2014

    Oh, what a wonderful event to attend! Will keep fingers crossed they do the same in London… Thank you for sharing! x

  • Kim of A Very Sweet Blog
    March 31, 2014

    i absolutely ADORE the stationery! how cute! i love the MERCI one where the guy is holding her packages. you looked so cute in your beret. LOVE your leather jacket. have a great week Allie.

  • Daphne
    March 31, 2014

    You took some really lovely photos of the event. I recently picked up a riffle paper co iphone case and am loving it!

  • Rowena
    March 31, 2014

    I so wanted to go to this but wimped out due to the rain. It’s so cool to see Garance’s illustrations translated onto products. Thanks for sharing your experience Allie!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  • Hélène
    March 31, 2014

    Ahhh so glad you made it despite the rain… i totally wish i would’ve gotten off my couch, but sadly, i pretty much spent the entire weekend horizontal. Oops.

    xx Hélène

  • Tracy
    March 31, 2014

    Everything looks so pretty. I would have definitely been one of those people who left saying I spent way too much money. But then I would have gotten over it when I was at home enjoying all of my new pretty things.

  • Is this what heaven looks like? Loved all the designs especially the stationery and cards. Glad you got to pick up a notepad from the pop up shop 🙂

  • Jenmarie
    March 31, 2014

    I seriously love the color schemes and patterns on the phone cases and notepads!

  • Kathleen
    March 31, 2014

    This store looks so cool. Very chic interior and I’m loving those iPhone cases!

  • Jessica (Coco/Mingo)
    March 31, 2014

    So much gorgeous stuff! I’m bummed that I missed it! Glad to have you report on it and post such lovely photos, though!! It looks like you had a great time, and that weekly notepad – great purchase!

    April 1, 2014

    omg i would have DIED and purchased everything. i don’t even have an iphone but i would want a case like a crazy person.

  • Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans
    April 1, 2014

    Brilliant to the tenth power – I want to visit!!


  • So much pretty stationary!! I have zero resolve when it comes to stationary I buy everything in all of the colours!!!

  • Adri - Adri's World
    April 1, 2014

    Garance is amazing and so was this pop-up shop! Loved it!!!

  • nykeiko (@nykeiko_com)
    April 2, 2014

    Found out blog! I’m moving to Harlem soon! xx

  • Rita
    April 2, 2014

    I love your barrette! You definitely look like a Francophile! And I love stationary! I have never heard of Garance Dore, but her line truly is beautiful! So cool that you got to attend her pop up shop!

  • miss b
    April 2, 2014

    What a great event to attend. As you would expec from Garance Doré, the store looks so stylish. I can never resist beautiful stationery and this is all gorgeous!

  • anngelik
    April 2, 2014

    Such a cute little store! I love the phone cases, I would go crazy not knowing which one to pick.


  • Akaleistar
    April 3, 2014

    The pop up shop looks delightful!

  • Monika
    April 4, 2014

    Ohhh everything is sooo pretty!! I want one of those Ipone cases!!

  • Annienyc
    April 4, 2014

    Lovely! By the way and so you don’t embarrass yourself in France, your hat is called a Beret! And pronounced BERR-AY!

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  • duaba
    April 6, 2014

    You definitely can pull off that hat!!! Work it girl! Sidenote: I am LOVING the hello sunshine iphone case.

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