The world’s first museum celebrating one-of-a-kind, influential fashion window and in-store displays
New York City is the world’s fashion capital and is where brands come to life in the most exciting retail environments. Brands invest billions of dollars and thousands of hours designing and producing one-of-a-kind, artistic, and compelling visual displays every year. Season after season, these important displays of fashion and art attract millions of tourists, celebrities, fashion-elite, and influencers from around the world.
I have lived in New York City now for 11+ years, and I can tell you with 100% conviction that New York City’s pigeons are the absolute worst. I love all animals, except for pigeons. They are completely disgusting, and they dominate the streets of New York City. They wage their assault both on the ground and in the air. I give the benefit of the doubt to all animals and human beings in New York City, as New York City can be a rough place to live, but unlike all other living things in New York City, I’ve personally seen how pigeons lack even the basic sense of hygiene, bathing and drinking from dirty water puddles on the street.
Yes that’s right! My bedroom was beneath a brothel, and I lived there for over a year at 143 East 35th Street, NY, NY 10016 (it was the same apartment that was later destroyed in the fire). But, before our apartment was destroyed in the fire, there was an illegal massage parlor that operated above us. Read my incredible true story filled with madame’s, John’s, prostitutes, criminals, hostages, the NYPD SWAT team, and more.
As CEO & Co-Founder of WindowsWear, I frequently get asked the question, what’s your favorite window display? There are so many to choose from, but I do have a window display that I sometimes think about, a window display that helped get me where I’m at today. So let me tell you the answer to that question, but first, let me give you some background…
Yes, that’s right. In the afternoon of Saturday, June 7, 2008, an explosion causes a massive fire that started in my bedroom, triggered by a spark from a faulty electrical outlet. The fire took place on the same day my roommates and I planned a huge party in our apartment. But, no one was in the apartment at the time. As you read the story below, there were many other coincidences that make this story truly miraculous. Today marks the anniversary of that fire, and I invite you to read my incredible story below.
A few weeks ago, Indiana University’s Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design visited New York City for their annual school trip. I presented to the students about WindowsWear and my career journey. I received extremely thoughtfully written thank you letters from the professors and students – I must say, they are the best thank you letters I have ever received! Receiving these letters were important to me because they got me thinking about where I came from, and how my time at Indiana University was so important to my development. Thank you to all the professors and students at Indiana University.