TenOverSix's former space in The Joule. Photo by Jill Broussard. Jill Broussard

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Forty Five Ten Taps Brooklyn Artist for Its TenOverSix Makeover

The downtown department store’s revamped lower level should open in September.   

We’ve known TenOverSix is moving in with Forty Five Ten for a while now, but it still may be hard to picture the decidedly funkier Miami-based luxury brand blending in among the almost museum-like pristineness of Tim Headington’s downtown department store. But things are definitely happening. If you visit the Main Street space today, you’ll find a tall black curtain covering the former shoe department and a small white sign proclaiming “TenOverSix Arriving Soon.” And this week, thanks to Instagram, we’ve finally gotten a peek at what that arrival might look like.

An eagle-eyed ’grammer noticed Brooklyn-based artist Katherine Bernhardt sharing images of a Forty Five Ten workspace (and some fun foliage courtesy of The Joule’s florist Peaches) to her Instagram story on Sunday. On Monday, Bernhardt began sharing more permanent photos to her actual Instagram account — practically a press release, these days. The artist, who recently collaborated on an in-store installation with Chanel and contributed to W’s Art Issue in 2015, is known for her colorful, expressionist take on everyday objects, models, and tropical plants or animals, the last of which seems to be the focus of the new TenOverSix.

The new boutique, which will feature a more approachable (comparatively) mix of books, design objects, and gifts,  should be opening sometime next month, along with an updated Copper Bar featuring a few light bites on the menu. Another little white sign on the first floor assures us that “Shoes now on 2,” but what will become of the lovely photographs of Elizabeth Taylor’s possessions? Will the revamped lower level actually bring in more walk-in traffic? What snacks pair best with the Copper Bar’s predominately champagne-centric menu? In the words of a wise philosopher named Justin Bobby, “Truth and time tells all.”

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