I never thought I’d go to Marc Jacobs for books but the fashion designer has opened a bookstore on Bleecker, opposite Magnolia bakery.

If you’re not too busy stuffing yourself with cupcakes, I recommend dropping in.

It’s chock full of well-chosen design, art and photography books. It’s introduced me to a host of new names from Hawaiian photographer Henry Wessel to Malick Sidibe. The Mali based photographer has become a particular favorite. His studio portraits of his fellow countrymen from the sixties and seventies are superb. They have a sense of playfulness, using background stripes and other patterns to contrast or mirror the outfits of his subjects. Which somehow makes these black and white images feel as vibrant as the most vivid color work.






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