art by: dana vaccarelli
written by: carrie peterson, president + founder, beacon's closet
Who is Beacon? Why is there a baby head for a logo? We have gotten these questions, perhaps more than any others, in the 17 years that we have been open. The answer is sadly mundane, but who Beacon turned out to be is perhaps more interesting.
Beacon is the namesake for the baby that I decided not to have, a fantasy baby, and the unfortunate name that I would have given to a child if I would have had one in my twenties. Beacon's Closet was to be the thing that I nurtured, and ultimately a rejection of motherhood in favor of entrepreneurship. For most of my life, well into my thirties, kids to me were just sort of . . . meh.
The success of Beacon's Closet was empowering, and exceeded my expectations for career fulfillment. I was already lucky, and 9 years into the life of Beacon's Closet, my husband and I both got luckier. We managed to have a baby . . . and not name it Beacon.
From the first moment that I held my child, I understood all of that sentiment that I had read, or avoided reading, on mommy blogs. I was overcome with a sense of monumental connection. I felt that I was given a gift that I didn't even realize I needed. It even seemed extravagant, like way more happiness than I deserved. I loved him. I would die for him, I would defend, and protect him. I felt this confidence for exactly one week.
Complications from what we later learned stemmed from fragile X syndrome, made me feel like I was not doing my job of protecting him very well. I felt powerless as he stopped eating, showed signs of developmental delays, and later developed seizures. Fragile X symptoms vary wildly among the affected population, but this is how it manifested in our child.
Fragile X syndrome. It actually sounded kind of cool, and at least some of it is. A lot of kids with FXS have an incredible capacity for humor, kindness, and an intense magnetism. Even the most detached subway riders in Brooklyn find themselves winking at our kid, grinning, complimenting him on his smile, or simply laughing with him about his overwhelmingly obvious enthusiasm for trains.
If you are so inclined, you can read more about fragile X syndrome here: fragilex.org. While one in about every 150 women is a carrier of the syndrome, both women and men can be carriers of Fragile X. Any female carrier has a 50/50 chance of passing it on to her baby. Men can also carry a fragile X chromosome, as they have one X and one Y, so if they are carriers, they will pass their carrier status on to all of their daughters but none of their sons.
It is through Beacon's Closet, my first "baby," that I am able to support our family, and to have been introduced to my partners, and all of the amazing humans who help me run it. I couldn't trust that job to anyone else. And, to all of our customers, the greatest of thanks, for supporting us and helping us maintain and grow a thriving business.
On that note, Happy Fragile X Awareness Day! By the way, did you see all of the subliminal Xs in our home page look this week? 100% of profits made from web sales today will be donated to the National Fragile X Foundation. Feel free to share this story and spread the word about the prevalence of fragile X syndrome.
fly away to malibu
from our greenpoint store is west coast-bound with some of her favorite beachy beacon's finds. california dream with her as she takes you through the sun-drenched sands of malibu in her simmering summertime styles. enjoy the ride as you read on about her fashion loves and where she finds inspiration.
clothes get star treatment in YSL biopic
the much-awaited ysl biopic is out now, and while the film is mostly a love story about ysl and his lover/manager pierre, for us it’s a fashion affair - and a rocky one at that! wardrobe production, which was authorized by bergé’s yves saint laurent foundation, was painstaking. for starters, bergé called for use of the original clothes over recreations whenever possible (among featured originals are his signature le smoking suit and the mondrian dress, below). no alterations could be made, so models were cast to fit the dresses. and the wearers dare not move too much, as there was to be no sweating in the clothes. to make sure proper care was taken, each item of clothing was assigned a personal, white glove-clad handler. as for the remaining long-gone key pieces, like the wedding dress that victore doutreleau wore on the cover of paris match in 1958, they had to be recreated.
with the clothes taking center stage, the film is a feast for the eyes. so go see fashion history in motion while it’s still on the big screen.