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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. All this week and into the next, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia with the year in bed bugs.
- Disturbing thought: These guys are not wearing much clothing. Where are the bed bugs hiding?
- Abercrombie didn't stand a chance.
- Hollister goes down!
- After one too many image with revolting graphics, we were hugely relieved to stumble across this stuffed bed bug.
- Bed bugs have one natural enemy: Adorable puppies.
- Niketown on Fifth Avenue: Bed bugged!
- There are more bed bugs in the pictures above than Macy's and Bloomie's will admit finding in their stores.
- Bed bugs get their holiday shopping started early at Juicy Couture in December.
Remember back in 2009 when the only ubiquitous bloodsuckers people talked about were Edward Cullin and his many attractive siblings? Those were more innocent times. The bed bug problem has been brewing in New York for years now, but 2010 was the year an army of pests mobilized, taking over our stores, our offices, and sometimes even our public transportation. Let's all relive the horror together, timeline-style.
April 12: A Times Square billboard features a massive bed bug. We think this is gross. We are so naive.
July 1: A bad case of bed bugs temporarily shutters Hollister. People who hate cheap cologne bask in the schadenfreude.
July 3: Shortly after Hollister re-opens, bed bugs close Abercrombie & Fitch at the South Street Seaport.
July 6: Two bed bug experts, one of whom fumigated Hollister's t-shirt stock himself, try to convince us not to panic. They are not particularly successful.
July 16: The Victoria's Secret on 59th and Lexington succumbs.
August 12: Bergdorf Goodman reveals that its prevention plan involves bed bug sniffing dogs. Aww! But still ew.
September 1: Vintage shoppers tell the Times that they're not afraid of a few little bugs. Maybe they should be?
September 20: The tiny monsters shut down Niketown. They're insatiable!
September 27: Bloomingdale's and Macy's each announce the discovery of a single bed bug. Being loners who like department stores, these two bed bugs obviously have a lot in common.
October 21: A bed bug expert tells WWD that it costs $250 to $500 to inspect a small boutique, and $2,000 to $3,000 to inspect a larger one. The poor guy also admits that he has a problem with bringing his work home with him, literally.
December 1: Bed bugs attack Juicy Couture. We seriously consider wearing Hazmat suits next time we go shopping.