SoHo was already so jammed with FNO revelers and outsized promotions by 6:30 p.m. — balloon bunches the size of trees at Marni, a custom-painted truck on a flatbed at Rag & Bone, underwear models in the Calvin Klein windows — that it was hard to navigate the streets. I rolled up to the 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique on Mercer Street, only to find a long line to get in.
But wait, I was a Girl on a Bike!
“You can park right here,” said the friendly door guy, gesturing to an above-grade area in front of the shop. (Good thing, too, because I’d forgotten the keys to my locks.)
After parking my ride, I stepped toward the line.
“Oh, you don’t have to wait,” said the door guy. “Cyclists can come right in.”
A little bonus is always a nice surprise — but even more so when it’s offered in connection with riding a bicycle! I tucked my helmet under my arm and entered the store where a crowd mingled over cocktails to the steady pulse of the DJ and surveyed racks hung with luxurious fall clothes.
I paused to appreciate the Linus Dover 1 bicycle and the Philip Lim “Pashli” messenger bag that were to be raffled. Regrettably, I had to leave for my next FNO stop before Lim’s personal appearance. Per comments from my readers, I had hoped to ask him if he had considered designing helmets to complement the fashions shown in his Girls on Bikes fall/winter 2011 look book film. How great would helmets by Phillip Lim be?