5 Things To Know This AM — Aug 31 2011

Get ready to repel like a pro. The Man Repeller debuts her own trench design for Gryphon, exclusively sold on Shopbop. (The Man Repeller)
Parisian treats for everyone! Ladurée opens its first location in NYC and all bets are off when it comes to our diets. (Stylelist)
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One Brooklyn artist wants to give George Washington's statue in Union Square the full-out tourist treatment. (Daily Intel)
Designer Kristina Angelozzi reveals some local shopping secrets, including a spot to find an "amazing taxidermied Polish chicken." Well, we guess that's better than a pigeon. (Racked NY)
Need we remind you about our feelings toward backpacks? Opening Ceremony gets onboard with the backpack original, Jansport, and debuts four new designs to be sold at Fashion's Night Out. (Opening Ceremony New News)
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