Report: Designer Patricia Field is Closing Her Longtime Bowery Store
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Patricia Field on the Bowery, September 2013
News dropped yesterday afternoon that legendary downtown designer Patricia Field was throwing in the towel after a five-decade run. The 74-year-old businesswoman – forever known for her association with Sex and the City – “is getting tired” and can’t handle the size and scope of her creation anymore.
Field will close the newish location at 306 Bowery come springtime, and end all online shopping.
The Daily News had the scoop:
“I know that my clients are going to be sad, because they come in and tell me that there’s no store like this in the world,” the 74-year-old fashion icon told the Daily News. “But I’ve gotta watch out for my health and myself.”
The native New Yorker responsible for making Manolo Blahnik and Oscar de la Renta household names by strapping them onto Carrie Bradshaw on “Sex and the City” revealed Monday that she is shuttering her 4,000-square-foot shop.
“I’ve enjoyed the game … but I’m getting tired, because the store has grown to such a size,” she said. “I want to open my social life back up, and go to the gym for a swim every day. I can’t do normal things anymore, and I’m feeling it.”
The fiery-haired Field opened her first store in the West Village in 1966 before moving to 10 E. Eighth St. in 1971, where she catered to fashionistas for 30 years.
Patricia Field moved to 306 Bowery, a space she owns, back in 2012 after six years at #302.