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RackedWire: Marciano Almost Ready in SoHo; Japanese Design Comes Through in Midtown

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[A peek inside the nearly-complete Marciano on Broadway]

SOHO—For every pale, fluttery cardigan carried by Eryn Birnié on the west side of Broadway, there will soon be a lipstick-red bustier stocked directly across the street. Guess's slightly fancier sister brand Marciano has been slowly ripening next to the future home of Topshop for months, and it's nearly done: Rumor has it that the doors will open the first week in September.

MIDTOWN—Blogger Johnny Strategy visits the Japan C expo, a showcase of Japanese design at the Felissimo Townhouse on 56th Street, and discovers that "it was actually pretty cool. In other words, there was no Takashi Murakami and very little Hello Kitty!" He photographed his favorite objects at the show, including a clock shaped like a lunch bag, some lovely wooden chairs, clever stationary, sophisticated lighting, and, last but not least, a corn dog maker. [Spoon & Tamago]