|An iconic agnes b. label|
Rummaging through my closet last week, searching for a favorite gray ribbed turtleneck, I spotted the unmistakable "agnes b." label and was immediately transported to a chilly April day in Paris, with its winding streets and elegant storefronts. It was here in 1981, on the Rue du Jour in the first arrondissement, that I stumbled upon a tiny boutique called agnes b. Entering the shop, I discovered casual French styles ranging from whimsical to eccentric. It was love at first sight— I walked out with fawn-colored leather ankle-wrap sandals and a simple white tee shirt. I wore both items until they were in tatters, and always wished I had bought more.
|Original Paris store, established in 1975|
|Agnes as a young woman developing her own personal style|
Gradually success allowed her to open her first international store in New York in 1983. She developed "Homme", her men's line and then opened stores in London and Tokyo ( Japanese women adore her clothes).
|San Francisco store at 33 Grant Ave---closed in 2009|
At some point I discovered the San Francisco store on Grant Ave, near my hairdresser at the time.
I passed it going back to Bart and made a habit of stopping in every time I got my hair cut. Often I would find pieces that struck my fancy, and every time that I stepped into the dressing room with the marvelous Jean Luc Godard poster-collage plastering the wall, I was transported again to my nostalgic world of Paris in the early sixties, inhabited by characters like Brigitte Bardot, Jean Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. I thought the poster was one-of-a-kind but I recently found out from my sister that you can buy it on agnes b's website. agnes b. website featuring the Godard poster.
|Collage of Jean Luc Godard films—my favorite dressing room decor|
Through the years, I managed to accumulate many beloved articles of clothing at this store, and in the arty spirit of the Sixties, I photographed my favorites in the bathroom mirror (images are reversed).
|self portrait with white slacks, pink cardigan, blue pullover (very French)|
|Chartreuse corduroy pants, gray ribbed turtleneck, black cardigan, black leather jacket|
|striped dress, green blouse, shopping bag with lizard logo|
|black boat-neck "Fin" shirt with pink turtleneck below|
|Agnes at 58th Cannes Film Festival wearing her signature lizard pin|
|Poster in her Galerie du Jour in Williamsburg, Brooklyn|