Boffo, an arts organization known for their "Building Fashion" initiative, which pairs indie architects with fashion designers without standalone stores, aims to provide an opportunity for emerging labels like Siki Im and Patrik Ervell by helping them create a custom-built pop-up. A worthy cause, for sure, and the press they reaped from their Nicola Formichetti team-up was great. The $30K price tag, not so much.
When the project was forced to move across the street to a bigger space, costs skyrocketed and the organization was forced to cough up a good chunk of change, resulting in a major Kickstarter push to make up for the sudden expenditure. Bottom line: Boffo was left with $40,000, instead of the $80,000 they were hoping to fund Ohne Titel and The Lake and Stars pop-ups with. According to Executive Director Faris Al-Shathir, "It is important to note that if we don’t reach our $20,000 goal, we don’t receive any funding." Yikes.
But not all is lost: The Kickstarter campaign has raised twelve of the twenty thousand dollars, and needs eight thousand more to fund its goal, with only three days left. But it appears The Lake and Stars pop-up is moving along in all its lingerie-laden glory, thanks to a loan. The new exhibit, which replaces the dark and angular Patrik Ervell pop-up, is clean and relatively straight-forward: no giant cotton pandas a la Formichetti are to be found (though laser-cut, colored plastic makes a few appearances). The Lake and Stars debuted on Thursday, so swing by for an underwear pick-me-up, or if you feel an altruistic itch, help out the struggling organization by donating to its Kickstarter. (It appears the $5,000 Nicola Formichetti stuffed panda is available, for your luxury cuddling needs.)
Boffo Building Fashion, 57 Walker Street (Between Broadway and Church St.), Monday-Saturday Noon-7PM.