The costume designer behind fashion favorites “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada” announced she is closing her 4,000 sq.-foot store at 306 Bowery and exiting the retail business in an interview with WWD. The store and its e-commerce site will shutter sometime next spring.
Field moved her store to that location in 2012 after 30 years in the West Village and a few years at 302 Bowery. She opened her first store in 1966.
Field’s shop was one of the first to define and curate a specific aesthetic for shoppers, paving the way for retailers like Kirna Zabete and The Webster, among others. When she launched, the store’s colorful costume jewelry, over-the-top sweaters, bold coats and playful accessories and lingerie offered a punk fashion-infused look unlike that of any other retailer.
“I started my store when I was 24 years old, and it has led me to all the wonderful professional roads I have taken,” Field told WWD. “My purpose was to begin my own life/career and to answer to no one but myself, to be independent. After 50 successful years of being able to do just that, I decided it was time to close this chapter and make more room for all the branches that have sprung directly from that tree: continuing my film and television work, styling, designing and pursuing brand-new projects that have been offered to me that I have not had time before to develop.”
Field said the retail landscape and brick-and-mortar challenges had been increasingly monopolizing her time.