The Ruffian

Black Block at Opening Ceremony,

Posted in Uncategorized by The Ruffian on February 11, 2009

First, André Saraiva—better known simply as André, the graffiti artist turned nightlife impresario—created Paris’ Le Baron and Hotel Amour, and then partnered on New York’s evergreen Beatrice Inn. Now he’s making something to wear to them. His new Black Block capsule line, now at Opening Ceremony, is a mini-collection that could easily become standard issue for nightlifers in any city. The clothes are simple and de rigueur: dark denim; two polos embroidered with Black Block’s partied-out smiley face logo (“Mr. A.,” a hallmark of André’s tagging career); two braided belts; and a seriously covetable, seventies-styled leather jacket—a replica of a decaying one from his own wardrobe. That shabby simplicity might be the key to gaining entrée to André’s haunts (“A guy that looks like a bum is more likely to get into one of my places,” he once told the Times), but as these clothes also suggest, superhuman proportions and a sizable savings account (or patron) don’t hurt your chances, either. The jeans we tried (a svelte size 30 waist) had inseams for miles: They looked about right for a stripling of six-four. Guest list hopefuls, fair warning.
Leather blouson, $1,800, and jeans, $380, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard St., NYC, (212) 219-2688,

Photo: Corrie Vierregger
Black Block

Black Block


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