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Shopping any one of the many Marc Jacobs stores that line Bleecker Street in the West Village is not a pleasant, relaxing experience. His accessories store, located at no. 385, feels like an outlet. The shop floor is cluttered with bins of cheap flip flops, wellies, and keychains—many from his Jacobs by Marc Jacobs line, which is priced lower than Marc by Marc Jacobs (which is, in turn, cheaper than Marc Jacobs. Got all that?). At his combination men's and women's store, at no. 403-405, the women's side of the space is similarly crammed. Marc watchers know that the man is opening a fourth boutique for menswear at no. 382 sometime in the next few weeks (we peeked in yesterday and unless a miracle occurs, it definitely will not be ready to go by Monday).
The logical next step for Marc, we believe, would be to move all of the menswear from 403-405 to the new store at 382, and to use the extra space to spread out all that womenswear so everything doesn't look so unseemly and cluttered. Then, shopping the Marc by Marc women's store on Bleecker would actually be fun. We fear, though, that there's no hope for the accessories boutique.
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