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Brooklyn-based label Dunlin has been stocking stores like Oak and Opening Ceremony with its utilitarian, gender-neutral bags for a few years, but now the line is branching out on its own with a store in Williamsburg. The location, and the store's very existence, are pure serendipity. Initially, the owners weren't looking for a shop, just an office with a showroom. But when they found a storefront at South 1st and Havemeyer, they realized they might as well go retail. Starting in about two weeks, they'll begin operating the shop on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm, and on Satudays from 2pm to 9pm.
As for the bags themselves, they look like what Tim Burton might use to tote his laptop—lots of gray, infinite expandable pockets, leather so soft it almost drapes. At $700 to $3000, they sound a bit pricey for the neighborhood. Then again, Paul Smith is right around the corner, and A.P.C. and Bird aren't far away.
· Dunlin [Official Site]