HIGH LINE BUDDIES
Writing on its website, J.Crew describes the High Line as one its favorite “happy places,” but it wasn’t always so. The once-abandoned structure, which historically transported freight up and down Manhattan’s West Side, was originally slated for demolition. A group of community residents saw potential hidden among the ruins, however. After a hard-won battle for its preservation, the first phase of the rehabilitated pedastrian walkway opened in 2009, running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 20th.
100 percent of the net proceeds from J.Crew’s “High Line” capsule will go to the Friends of the High Line.
The Friends of the High Line, now a bonafide nonprofit conservancy, continues to maintain and operate the park for the city, but not without considerable financial overhead. To help sustain the park, 100 percent of the net proceeds from J.Crew’s “High Line” capsule will go toward the conservation and maintenance of the space.
More’s the pity then, that the J.Crew for High Line collection wasn’t made in New York City, or at least the United States. At a time when domestic manufacturing is floundering, a locally produced line would have made for some resonant symmetry.