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Black Comme des Garçons
Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 18th St.
Embracing the throes of the recession, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo opened this open-ended pop-up shop in June 2009 to showcase a more affordable spinoff line, Black. Prices here start at around $80, roughly half the starting point of the original line. The small, modern space matches the label’s minimalist design, adorned only with black and white clothing and floor-length mirrors. Despite the basic color palette, the apparel features trendworthy cuts and silhouettes—harem pants, skirts layered over leggings, ruffled tuxedo-style blazers, and asymmetrical jackets—in addition to more accessible checked and polka-dotted tees, button-downs, and silk skirts. The pop-up is expected to remain open for the duration of the recession (it was originally projected at around 18 months).