Fashion icon and tastemaker retailer Patricia Field is shuttering her New York storefront after 50 years.
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.