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THE LOWER EAST SIDE—The Sweden-based digital media school Hyper Island is moving out of its Orchard Street space, which means next-door neighbor By Robert James might expand. A Hyper Island rep confirmed that By Robert James's co-owners were interested in the storefront, but the boutique owners said they weren't ready to discuss any plans. [The Lo Down]

EVERYWHERE—Bag designer Joy Gryson does have a label called Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson, but she's not the woman behind the handbag collection Olivia & Joy. Yesterday, Gryson's PR sent out an email blast highlighting the difference with a note that reads, in part, "Due to such similar brand naming, there has been a lot of confusion in the marketplace that Olivia & Joy is a new brand by Joy Gryson. It is not. There is NO affiliation between the two brands." The bags do look an awful lot like Gryson creations, though. [Racked Inbox]


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By Robert James

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