Inside Michael Bastian's First-Ever Pop-Up

The designer utilizes a 20-foot pile of hay, 400 pounds of beeswax, and two shipping containers — plus some pretty great men's clothes — to create a singular shopping experience.
Photo: Evan Joseph

Ever seen a pair of shipping containers look this good?

Michael Bastian’s Fall 2013 show—inspired mainly by the sombre New England gothic paintings of Andrew Wyeth—took the designer’s aesthetic in a dark direction. A dark, tough, and totally fresh one that he’s here to back up with a pop-up shop in NYC made out of two shipping containers, a 20-foot tall pile of hay on top of them, and 400 pounds of beeswax melted around the interior walls (check out the exterior shot, below). The shop is at SuperPier, a cavernous warehouse on the Hudson River, and is part of the BOFFO Building Fashion Project. “We picked a good season to do our first pop-up,” Bastian told us inside the shop, created by design firm Bittergang. “This is a good moment to jump on board our crazy train.”

Inside the shop you can pick up novelty selections from the the collection like tiger camo cargo pants (which Mr. Bastian himself was wearing), plus one-of-a-kind pieces made for the runway show, like a vest hand-knit out of leather string, a balaclava hood with woven ears and a mohawk pattern, and a Ouija-board sweater—aka singular, badass pieces that we’re pretty sure you’ll be the only one in sight wearing. One more thing we’re pretty sure about—you’ll never see another pop-up shop quite like this.

The shop is located at SuperPier in NYC at 15th St. and the West Side Highway, and it’s open November 3-21, Monday-Saturday 12:00-7:00 and Sundays 12:00-6:00.

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