You can make your Fall shopping plans early this year. The BOFFO Building Fashion program took a hiatus last year, but it will be making a welcome return this Fall with three new shops starting with one for menswear designer Michael Bastian. The new 640-square-foot shop will run for three weeks this November. The program teams up fashion designers with innovative architectural settings, and in the past has staged installations for Simon Spurr, Nicola Formichetti, Siki Im and Patrik Ervell to name a few. Boffo is accepting submissions through May 23rd at Architizer.com for a competition to design an interior for Bastian's shop which will be housed in two shipping containers at Pier 57 in Chelsea. The winner will receive a $20,000 prize on top of whatever resources they will need to execute the interior. There will also be upcoming shops for one womenswear designer and one accessories designer who are yet to be announced.
As for Bastian, he now designs his own signature label as well as the popular, ongoing Gant by Michael Bastian collaboration collection so he should have more than enough product to fill the shop and draw customers to it. Reportedly, offerings will include exclusive runway pieces from his Fall 2013 collection (pictured at left) that will not be available at other retailers. WWD reports that this project will serve as a precursor of sorts to his own permanent shop which he is actively planning. Bastian is a rare designer who also has an extensive background in retailing, so when he finally opens his permanent showplace, we can reasonably expect something impressive. Stay tuned for more details as they are released.