Badgley Mischka Opens Long Overdue N.Y. Store
After nearly 25 years in business, Mark Badgley and James Mischka finally found their retail dream space. It's way overdue, but Badgley Mischka's first New York finally opened at 24 East 64th Street.
The 3,500-square-foot town house is the epitome of relaxed elegance with all of their collections - ready-to-wear, couture, bridal, costume jewelry, fine jewelry, sunglasses, shoes and handbags - spread out over three floors. The designers, who married earlier this year after being together for 28 years, said they wanted the store to have a residential feel. "Funny enough, this is kind of what our two homes look like," said Badgley. "No matter what we try to do, everything always looks the same. But we like that."
Badgley described the renovation of the space as "a gut job." When they found it, "it was very Seventies, with mirrored walls and no moldings and sub floors," said Mischka. The worked with architect Patrick Gerard Carmody to transformed the store into an open, light-filled space with light hardwood floors made from reclaimed wood.
"Everything's a work in progress," said Badgley. "There's a sweet little garden back here that's not pretty yet but it has potential. And we're going to make the bridal dressing room really lush and relaxing so she can just hang out in here."
The designers also took an apartment above the store for VIP fittings. It's still under renovation but will be ready for the grand opening on Sept. 10.
"We've been dying to have a New York store," said Badgley.
"We looked for years to find the right location," said Mischka. "We would see these storefronts on Madison that are just like a box and not interesting to us. This is interesting because it has a lot of nooks and crannies. You can make each room feel special."