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SOHO—The Awl's Mary HK Choi takes on another designer collaboration. What she wanted from Jil Sander's Uniqlo collection: "It's all about that WATCH ME HAVE NO SOUL soul. Narrow blazers, super matte blacks, origami-looking stiff white shirts, COLD BLOODED GEAR that could eat disco fries on Pat Bateman's couch without worrying about spillage because you're that much a MACHINE." What she got: "That lunch break Club Monaco stuff that never goes on sale because it's so EASY people mindlessly buy it. Even worse, some of these sweaters are basically MUJI which is so overhyped and buddhist-looking I can't deal." [The Awl]
FLATIRON DISTRICT—Our sister site Eater, fresh off a snazzy new makeover, alerts us to news of an outdoor market going up in Madison Square Park this Friday, October 9. Run by the same people who do the annual Christmas market in Union Square, the festival promises all sorts of artisanal clothing, accessories, and other gifts, as well as seasonal food from the likes of Fatty Crab and Hill Country. [Eater]
EVERYWHERE—Not to get sappy, but you guys know you're the lifeblog of the site, right? We couldn't possibly report on all the city's sales and retail news without your tips, and we love you for sending them in. If your tipping skills have gotten rusty, or if you've never done it before, here's a refresher course: Snap a photo with your phone or write up a quick email with whatever news you have to share (sale reviews, evidence of incoming pop-up shops, awesome window displays, incidences of serious retail injustice, line reports, cute dogs) and send it to email@example.com. We'll never judge you, even if you're emailing us from inside a Forever 21 dressing room; we'll keep your identity strictly anonymous; and we'll be very, very grateful. [RackedWire]