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The West Village is just full of surprises these days. Yesterday afternoon, Jeremiah's Vanishing New York breezily posted a photo of a Jimmy Choo boutique scheduled to open this summer on Bleecker Street. While checking out those deserted Ralph Laurens, we confirmed that Jimmy Choo is indeed opening at 407 Bleecker Street, right smack in between Zadig + Voltaire and Marc by Marc Jacobs for women.
The building itself has an interesting provenance. Last summer, we learned that the property belonged to Vicky Ward, Vanity Fair writer and Lehman Brothers chronicler, and Matthew Doull, step-nephew of jailbird publisher Conrad Black (yes, that would be this man's claim to fame), who were in the middle of an acrimonious divorce. The couple were desperately trying to offload the property—when they weren't busy filing mutual restraining orders against each other. Le scandale!
Eventually, the townhouse went for $6 million (a steal compared to the $7.495 mil asking price) and the new owners blew out the ground kitchen and living areas to put in a retail space. Hopefully, running out of size eight stilettos will be the extent of any future infamy the boutique will experience. Or maybe not. What fun would that be?
· Everyday Chatter [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York]
· First Comes Divorce, Then Comes the Chopper at Bleecker House [Curbed NY]
· In Deed! Media Couple Ditch Each Other, Bleecker Street [NYO]