About a month ago, I stumbled upon a gold mine. An inner conflict brewed inside mah belleh: Do I tell everyone about this amazing find or do I selfishly keep it all to myself? Ultimately, lucky for you, I took the high road because sharing is caring and caring is sharing. So here’s the lowdown:
The gold mine: Dagny + Barstow
The location: 264 Bowery
The miners: Emily Titelman and Meredith Blank.
The gold: unique, edgifying, mirror-dancifying apparel and accessories from the likes of Sophie Hulme, Timo Weiland, Reece Hudson and other extremely talented up and coming designers that you won’t find in every other store and will make your heart go BOOM.
I decided to pay a visit to the gold mine to chat with Emily and Meredith, for various reasons:
- I needed an excuse to spends loads of time in that store.
- These girls exude coolification and I needed to know more about them.
- I love my readers and wanted to give you the inside scoop on the coolest store like, um, ever.
Here’s their story: Once upon a time, two very smart rockstars met at Penn. They studied abroad in London together, realized that their impeccable taste in fashion compliment eachother, decided to follow their dreams and opened a rad store called Dagny + Barstow. And they lived happily ever after.
That’s not the end.
Edgify Me: Where did the awesome name Dagny + Barstow come from?
Meredith Blank: Mostly we just like the way they sounded together.
Emily Titelman: They’re literary references. Dagny is from Atlas Shrugged.
MB: She’s a badass.
ET: Tough and chic.
MB: We love it because sometimes people say it sounds very established.
EM: Totally. I think it sounds like an old liquor brand.
MB: Like an old English bar…
ET: Considering that the store is an old bar…
EM: Tell me about the story behind this location.
MB: This was Lenny Kravitz and Denzel Washington’s nightclub called Kos that closed in 2004 and was left untouched for various reasons.
ET: It was like a weird time capsule to late 90’s club décor.
MB: The back room was a purple shag carpeted VIP lounge. We have all their glassware, empty bottles of Hennessy, their DJ booth.
ET: In our dream store space, we would have a bar, a chandelier, a brick wall…it had this real meant to be quality.
Editor’s note: The way they’ve transformed the space makes me want to move in. There are cactus accents, rad artwork, cool pieces of furniture, their light up sign… not to mention the clothes!
EM: What should customers expect coming into your store?
ET: Prints. We have a print problem.
MB: Very sophisticated clothing with a little quirk, a little edge. [They edgify.] Something a little more eclectic or unique.
ET: One thing we always strive for is wearable but different clothes.
Here are some of my favorites in the store now:
ET: This dress that we like to call “the Magic Dress.” It’s suede and leather and makes every woman that puts it on feel amazing.EM: And the clincher: What makes you dance in front of your mirror?
MB: Does my 90210 backpack count? That makes me dance.
ET: Also a pair of ridiculously high leopard Louboutin booties.
MB: Funny thing is, somebody came in asking what the blue leather pants look like on and we said put them on and you’ll understand. Literally everyone that puts them on starts dancing in the mirror!
And that, my friends, is what it’s all about.