Nicola Formichetti's hugely successful New York pop-up shop, which opened on Walker Street in Tribeca during Fashion Week, ended up costing BOFFO, the organization that put it on, $30,000. Formichetti's shop, showcasing looks he helped create for Lady Gaga and his own line of jewelry and accessories, was the first in a series of five meant to give designers who don't already have their own stores the chance to host an innovative retail space for a couple of weeks. Having overspent on Formichetti's shop, BOFFO now has to raise at least $20,000 in order to fund the last two pop-ups, for lingerie label Lake & Stars and women's wear line Ohne Titel. BOFFO co-founder Faris Al-Shathir is trying to raise that money on Kickstarter; at the time of writing, he'd raised $7,000 and has sixteen days left to raise the rest.
He confessed his concern to DNA Info:
"We're in a predicament," Al-Shathir said. "The whole series is being compromised."
Formichetti's shop ended up going over budget because the pop-up had to be erected in a bigger space, since the one BOFFO originally intended to use wasn't ready in time. After Formichetti's store, Irene Neuwirth and Patrick Ervell opened their exhibits in the smaller space. The whole project is a great opportunity for emerging local talent, so if you've always wanted to donate money to something fashion-related, this is a good thing to spring for.