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Hoping for a little downtown-meets-uptown cred, Henri Bendel has invited the Hester Street Fair to take over its Fifth Avenue store for Fashion's Night Out. Four reasons to get excited about this:
1.) It should look amazing. "Bendel’s has handed us the keys and we are re-imagining the space as an old-world meets new world market," says creator Suchin Pak. The first Hester Street pushcart market was established in 1895, the same year Bendel's opened, so the theme is the turn of the last century—basically, My Fair Lady. (See the full flyer for a sense of where they're going with this.)
2.) It might be where you wind up eating dinner that night. The Lower East Side street fair is known for its snacks, and its FNO event includes 17 food stands, including crepes from Bar Suzette and teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY.
3.) It'll give young artisans some broader exposure. Pak and her team have rounded up 35 vendors, several of whom plan to run live demonstrations of their crafts. Watch hair feathers in action at the Three Little Byrds booth, or witness artist Diane Vadino (also the blogger behind Bunnyshop) create paper designs.
4.) It starts at 3pm. If you're lucky enough to be free Thursday afternoon, you can get a jump on the FNO festivities before the entire city turns into a drunken mob scene.
· All the Major Details for this Year's Fashion's Night Out, Revealed [Racked NY]
· Hester Street Fair [Official Site]