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More Lower East Side turnover: 124 Ludlow Street, which used to be the shoe boutique Pear, has become A. Turen, a shop specializing in Jackson Pollack-style drip paint customization. It's the first store for designer Ashley Turen, and it feels a little bit like somewhere Cyndi Lauper would have shopped in 1981, with lots of studs and lace and at least one fringed cowgirl skirt. Turen says she's trying to evoke Old Hollywood glamour, vaudeville, and the Paris burlesque. The prices, however, aren't exactly retro: They range from $65 for a bra to $1000 for a leather jacket. Turen will also customize your old clothes, if you like—bring in a bag, and you could get it painted for "a few hundred bucks." Don't worry about the loss of Pear's enviable shoe collection, by the way. It's moved into sister store Plum next door.
· Now Open: Shop Morphs into Bag on the LES [Racked]
· A. Turen [Official Site]
· Plum & Pear [Official Site]