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True or false: "New York’s Lower East Side, while clearly a shopping destination for a certain crowd, isn’t the most obvious retail location for a designer whose collection is sold primarily at Barneys New York, Ikram and Colette." That's WWD's assertion in this morning's article about Tom Scott, who just opened a store at 55 Clinton Street between Stanton and Rivington. Some evidence does suggest that Clinton Street is an odd choice for Scott: He used to design for Ralph Lauren, and the prices for his knitwear go up to $3000. But the 800-square-foot space, with its reclaimed-wood tables and burnt, charcoaled floor, sounds like it has a very LES aesthetic, especially since it's also stocked with balls of yarn and other found objects (all for sale along with the clothes). Scott plans to celebrate the opening of his first boutique by launching twenty of his archived styles in a collection called Repeat Performance—look for it on Clinton Street later this fall.
· Scott Free: Knitwear Designer Opens Shop on LES [WWD, subscription req'd]
· Tom Scott [Official Site]