May 13, 2021

Alumnae Opens First Store in New York

NEW YORK — Two years after launching Alumnae, a chicly practical, flat-focused shoe collection, Kari Sigerson and Eliza Axelson-Chidsey opened their first store Aug. 6 at 60 Hudson Street in TriBeCa here.
At 545 square feet, the store is a tranquil, minimalist shoebox, but a big step for the brand. It’s located in a landmark building formerly known as the Western Union Building, designed by Ralph Thomas Walker and built in 1928. Neighboring fashion retailers include Thom Browne, Nili Lotan and Issey Miyake, but the area isn’t known as a shopping district.
“There are lots of places to eat. There are fabulous people that live and work in the area and it does have some really incredible architecture,” said Sigerson, noting that the Herzog and De Meuron “Jenga” building is their neighbor. “So there are amazing things going on down here, tons of creativity, so we thought, ‘Well, let’s try it out, let’s see what happens.’”
The store was designed by Von Dalwig studio with custom David Weeks Akimbo lighting fixtures, Paonazzo marble from Italy, a vintage Moroccan carpet from Breuckelen Berber and Jasper Morrison Cappellini seating. It’s clean and bright, much like the Italian-made shoe collection displayed on the white shelving. Alumnae’s

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