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It's great when the Times' critical shoppers make it into Brooklyn. This week, Cintra Wilson, lover of all things fitted and expertly-tailored and sexy, travels to Williamsburg to shop the new Bird outpost on Grand Street. She finds the store's interior beachy, almost spa-like, and the loose, billowy clothes perfect for the "eternally tranquilized". "On the very first racks, both male and female, the store’s ID establishes itself. I characterize the Bird person as a Bennington graduate whose quiet weekends upstate have evolved into a full-time escape from Manhattan for the explicit purpose of writing divorce poetry. It’s a thoughtful, slouchy, post-Cedar Tavern, Disillusioned Preppy Unisex look, still accustomed to intense, status-minded fashion scrutiny, but overcoated by a spalike, de-stressed and soul-seeky note I’ll call Reprioritized Values or The Benefits of Acupuncture." [NYT]


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