posted on: December 6, 2010
In September, Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy opened a bookstore in New York City's West Village. While his looming neighborhood presence and irreverent parodies of classic titles have ruffled some feathers, I think his move from cloth to paper is intriguing. The bookstore is set up like a boutique--no alphabetized authors to be found. Shoppers are forced to browse and to find new favorites. Poppy biographies, oversized art books, timeless novels, and Marc's own line of stationary-esque items are sold side-by-side on worn, wooden shelves.
Marc's new shop is pretty indicative of a movement that I find so interesting: books are fashionable. When did words and pretty bindings become hip? Whatever the reason, I kind of love this unique approach to book shopping. Because book buying, touching, reading, and loving is such an experience. The books I choose and how I choose them have really become a part of me--I guess just like the clothes I choose are a reflection of my aesthetic and what makes me feel good.
Regardless of trend or Marc Jacobs, words will always be stylish I think. The simplicity and complexity of literature is truly classic and emotive, like only the best pieces of clothing.
That said, is there a book that you would wear? Do the words or images express some part of youself? What does your favorite literature say about you? Do tell.