Ny, NY – June 21, 2009 – PILGRIM opened its doors at 70 Orchard Street a week ago with one goal in your mind. �I intend to make women feel beautiful inside a modern and alluring space,� says designer and store co-founder Richard Ives. As defined a pilgrim is but one who embarks upon on a pursuit to find something sacred. Part boutique, part gallery, PILGRIM is definitely an exhibition of abstract paintings, art books, designer vintage apparel and accessories and PILGRIM�s own prepared to wear collection.



The summertime 2009 PILGRIM collection finds inspiration in iconic shapes from fashion and cinematic history. Shift and short sleeve day dresses similar to the 60�s (i.e. Pat Nixon) are given a modern, architectural edge through seaming details and meticulously placed hardware. Fabrics are dyed and treated giving taffetas, summer-weight tweeds and silk jerseys an up-to-date look. Strong elements are fused with soft details; lean with luxurious in tailored sleeveless men�s shirting, body-conscious blazers, high-waisted skirts and walking shorts inspired by Jane Birkin. Color is key inside the collection and apparent through the unexpected pairings of sea green and lime, lavender and almond plus a medley of blues and muted bronzes that blend seamlessly. A white, black and pink boucle bubble dress with exaggerated cap sleeves showcases the designer�s attention to cut and appreciation for understated glamour.
With an innate eye and popularity of vintage, PILGRIM offers an edited assortment of designer�s work in the 50�s and 80�s to incorporate Lanvin, Cacharel, YSL, and Ungaro. Jewelry and accessories are crucial for the PILGRIM aesthetic. Pre-ban ivory bangles, sixties-inspired beaded necklaces and Bonnie Cashin designed Coach bags are found throughout the store. Vintage sunglasses offer customers a relevant consider seasons past with an variety of designer frames from the 70�s and 80�s including Courr�ges, Oleg Cassini and Nina Ricci. Black-washed floors supply the perfect backdrop for your eclectic combination of Last century abstract paintings, many of which are intended by co-founder Brian Bennett, and ornamental pieces displayed that include Korean pottery from the 4th century. A variety of soy based candles created just for PILGRIM reflect the atmosphere with the collection and so are often found burning round the store.


Richard Ives can be a designer in your mind and curator naturally. For over two decades, Richard has worked like a stylist and designer with a few of the very influential photographers and labels to include Richard Avedon, Steven Klein, Michael Thompson, Ellen Tracy and Donna Karan. His experience ranges from work as a contributing editor, art director, visual merchandiser and stints in product development.

Brian Bennett has become a connoisseur of art and music for many of his life. After founding Lamprecht & Bennett, a successful creative photo agency, Brian continued to gather precious ceramics, pottery and glass. A designer by training and curator of talent by profession, Brian has always had a watch for photography and is constantly on the work with private dealers and collectors in Paris and through the country.

They opened their first store in Woodstock, New York and produce their passion for fashion and passion for that arts to PILGRIM located at 70 Orchard Street in Manhattan�s Lower East Side neighborhood. They live in no cost airline Village.

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PILGRIM opened its doors at 70 Orchard Street last week around the Lower East Side of NYC. The shop is fashion/lifestyle for the modern woman using a NYC hipster vibe throughout. Prices on clothing are very affordable. Richard Ives the designer does each dress/blouse/pant/etc. of limited edition clothing (5-6 bits of each fabrication)