Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Urban Outfitters in a Cathedral
Tonight, I discovered how the young adult half lives. Have you been to Urban Outfitters? This is not just your ordinary clothing store. In Cincinnati, they took over a cathedral. Inside, the book rack contained fare such as "Penis Poker" and "F*ck" and a coffee table book to read when you are stoned. There are lots of DIY books that show you how to take t-shirts and redesign them, how to use an old sweater to make a purse, how to use paper shopping bags to weave a "rug" and more.
In addition to clothing (funky, innovative, mass produced with panache), they offer the latest rage: flasks, journals, paper lanterns, cotton rugs, satin bedding, creatively woven fabrics, candles, incense, paper products, mini lights, tights and shoes.
It's an assault on more than the senses. I loved being inside of the store. Every corner revealed something else to consider, read, look at, admire. I do wonder about this next generation's sexual identity. Words and books that were strictly in the back of a book store (or featured in the Gay and Lesbian or erotica book sections) when I was in college are now up next to the cash register.
We bought two paper lanterns, a cotton rug and three t-shirts. Johannah's brand new bedroom is looking really colorful. I'll try to snap a digital photo when it's finished. We had a great time having coffee afterwards as we talked about young adults today. I really do wonder what it will be like for these kids as grown-ups.