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RackedWire: A Gossip Girl and a Good Cause in Union Square; Battle of the Bops

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UNION SQUARE—Here's a complicated good cause: If you bring a pair of "gently worn" shoes to the south side of the square on Thursday, you'll get to catwalk down a runway and hand them to artist Nancy Bowen, who will make them into a shoe sculpture. You'll get to do this in the company of Gossip Girl Leighton Meester, whose shoes will also go into the sculpture. And if you're one of the first 100 people, you'll get a free pair of new shoes in return. Why? It's all a way for Marshalls to draw attention to its campaign against domestic violence. For every shoe sold between October 2nd and 16th, the store will donate $1 to victim-aid group Safe Horizons. [RackedWire]

EVERYWHERE—Does Shopbop have a monopoly on the "bop" suffix? Germany's leading high-end e-commerce site just launched in the U.S., and its name sounds awfully familiar. Stylebop sells labels like Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, and Marc By Marc Jacobs alongside editorial content. It also offers same-day delivery to New Yorkers, whereas that other Bop only promises shipping within two days. Let the Bop showdown begin! [RackedWire]