History and Future of Boutique Culture
Jim Walrod was on his way to interview for a job at Bloomingdales in New York when he bumped into Andy Warhol. (He was 16 at the time.) Andy asked where he was going and suggested he go to Fiorucci for a job instead, right across the street. When Jim got into the store, Andy walked by and waved to him. Because of that, Jim got his position working in retail and in return, he kept Andy up to date on sales.
Now, Jim is the "Design Guru" (New York Times) behind boutiques and hotels across the globe with clientele like The Standard, Steven Alan, and United Colors of Benetton. In conversation with David Yarritu (a renowned art director and set designer with bylines in Interview, Vanity Fair, and GQ), Jim talked to us about how the purveyors of boutique culture were the “original influencers” of fashion, pop, and shopping.
Words by The Editors.