Bookmarc the West Village



Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy opened their new Bookmarc space a little over a week ago, but it turns out they’ve been in the book business for quite some time now. Jacobs has always been a aficionado for the printed word, and Duffy recently noticed, “We’ve developed a very big business in books.” With longtime buyer Jennifer Baker overseeing the selection, they leased the former Biography bookshop’s space on Bleecker Street and expanded their West Village empire.

Rather than organize titles by the drab old Dewey decimal system, the pleasingly browse-able space is organized as a book boutique. The shop carries a carefully curated selection of paper products from Jacobs himself, as well as bookish objects such as Olympia Le Tan’s embroidered handbags, inspired by the covers of famous novels. Rare and out-of-print titles such as 100 Nights at the Roxy share shelf space with new releases. Themed sections include a wall of biographical books, in tribute to the space’s old inhabitant, as well areas devoted to classic New York titles and a color-themed wall in red, white and blue.

In a colorful tribute to two classic downtown characters, Bookmarc will host two signings this week. On Friday afternoon, legendary New York nightlife photographer Maripol will be signing copies of her new book Little Red Riding Hood. And on October 6, rock and roll photographer Ann Summa will debut The Beautiful & The Damned, documenting the LA punk scene, with an acoustic performance by Exene Cervenka. You can even have her sign your arm with a Marc Jacobs custom Sharpie pen.