This is a drag…queen Patricia Field has decided to shutter her eponymous store on Bowery in Manhattan. The legendary New Yorker opened her first store in 1966 and her 8th Street location in 1971, which she ran for over 30 years. “I started my store when I was 24 years old and it has led me on to all the wonderful professional roads I have taken,” Field explained. “My purpose was to begin my own life and career and to answer to no one but myself, to be independent. After 50 successful years of being able to do just that, I decided it was time to close this chapter and make more room for all the branches that have sprung directly from that tree; continuing my film and television work, styling, designing, and pursuing brand new projects that have been offered to me that I have not had time before to develop.”
Her career hit mainstream success when she became the costume designer for Sex & The City, which led to designing for The Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty, and Spin City. “I had entertained offers to sell the space that houses my store on the Bowery for several years but I felt that now was the right time. I feel extremely proud of what I have been able to accomplish in these 50 years and am excited and inspired by what’s to come.” The store will close in spring 2016 to become a…nail salon? Duane Reade? 7-Eleven? The possibilities are endless!