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Today's the official launch day for designer Pierre Hardy's shoe collection for stateside Gap stores. Only a few styles from the line are stocked on Gap.com, but we had heard that more would be available at the retailer's flagship on 54th and Fifth Avenue (75 stores in the US are carrying the collection), so we headed there this morning. To our surprise, Gap has gone and opened a tiny pop-up for the occasion, right next door to their flagship. Strangely, Hardy's name is nowhere to be found. Inside the minimalistic temporary store, wedges in a variety of prints, flats (pointy-toed in tan, black and dove-gray leather) and gladiators (all priced at $78 to $98) were on display and overly-attentive salespeople milled about. "Do you want to try a pair on?" asked one staffer, who tried to appear friendly while discouraging us from taking any photos. If you're worried about the limited-edition styles selling out, don't. The place wasn't exactly buzzing this morning, and at the main store, the chain's Mulberry bags, unveiled last month, are still available to purchase.
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