Don't say the "R" word in the shelter community, but it seems that a few companies are already feeling the pinch. In the past month we've seen the closing of the Smith & Hawken and the Marston & Langinger shops, both of which had become part of our roadmap for useful odds and ends..
They will probably be replaced with another Chanel store, which we really don't need.
Meanwhile, uptown Ralph Lauren Home is expanding his home collection store and TAKING OVER Madison Avenue. We received a letter yesterday alerting us to the future opening of "a new flagship store at our 888 Madison Avenue address to showcase our complete Women's and Home collections." Look for the new shop in Fall 2009 and also look for it to mirror the "grand detail of the classical Beaux-Arts limestone architecture and the subtle elegance... of the Duke and Frick mansions...."
Who would have thought that Ralph Lauren's studied, vintage copy style would keep going and going and going and going......