Swimsuit Department & Monocle Christmas Market

By Tom Ran

Published: December 6, 2013 under Retail

Vintage Objects by Swimsuit Department at Herman Miller Japan and Monocle Christmas Market

Photo: Swimsuit Department and Monocle

While the Pop Up Flea takes place this weekend in NYC, other notable intimate popups are occurring around the world. Two in particular are happening in Tokyo and London. Swimsuit Department will be holding court inside Herman Miller Japan starting tomorrow through December 15th. They’ll be showcasing vintage and one of a kind Herman Miller products. While in London, Monocle will be hosting their annual Christmas Market featuring vendors from around the world including Trunk Clothiers, Marimekko, Cos, and Hentschman. There will also be a Japanese wrapping station and Magculture will be on hand stocked with a heavy load of global independent magazines. It all starts tomorrow at 11am at Monocle’s London location.

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Nalata Nalata Pop Up Shop

By Tom Ran

Published: November 27, 2013 under Retail

Nalata Nalata pop up shop at Extra Place.

Photo: Nalata Nalata

Extra Place, the small alleyway behind Bowery has become quite a destination in recent years. It’s managed to attract a handful of small but impressive shops, beginning with Koji Kusakabe’s Extra followed up by this year’s opening of Inventory. Now Nalata Nalata is adding to the retail experience and offering a selection of beautiful objects for the home. They’ve rounded up great independent brands, many from Japan and a few locally, including Fort Standard and our favorite, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. Unfortunately, as permanent as the shop looks, it’s only around till the end of December. Nalata Nalata is now open till Christmas Eve and is located at 2 Extra Place, hours are from Monday – Saturday 11-7 and 12-6 on Sundays.

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33 Gifts at 33 Bond

By Tom Ran

Published: November 26, 2013 under Retail

The Shop at Cooper Hewitt and Vitsoe team up for a pop up shop.

Photo: Vitsoe

Holiday season is upon us and there’s less than a month before Christmas. For the design aficionados in your life, we recommend The Shop at Cooper Hewitt. Their approachable selection of the world’s best in design objects is something we’ve always gravitated towards. From high to low, The Shop has always managed to surprise us. But being so far north, it’s a rare that we make our way up there. Fortunately, Vitsoe has teamed up with Cooper Hewitt again for this season by bringing a little bit of their uptown shop, downtown. From December 2 to the 31st, Cooper Hewitt has handpicked 33 gifts from their catalog including the reissue of Braun’s iconic Dietrich Lubs ET66 calculator. The inviting Vitsoe showroom is an ideal space for this shop within a shop and an easy way to pick up a unique gift for a friend.

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House Industries Opens Shop & Gallery

By Tom Ran

Published: November 25, 2013 under Retail

"Ceramics, blocks and all, stuff that's not at the mall," according to House.

Photo: House Industries

For years, House Industries have operated their tight design shop above a post office in the pastoral back roads of Yorklyn, Delaware. Though separated from metropolitan cities, it didn’t deter their global presence. House’s collaborations are world class, working with clients from The New Yorker and Herman Miller to Hermes and Heath Ceramics. At the same time, they’ve been doing a good job at bringing House to other parts of the country and abroad, popping up in temporary retail outposts in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. But a brick and mortar was always on the radar. It’s going to become a reality starting December 6th. House Industries will be opening a permanent location right below their studio. The gallery and shop will stock everything House and will include many of their Japanese collaborations that have been hard to come by stateside. Hours will be from 10am – 7pm.

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Aether NYC

By Tom Ran

Published: October 16, 2013 under Retail

Aether opens in Soho

Photo: Courtesy of Paul + Williams

After touring the country in their modified Airstream and making a pit stop in New York in 2011, Aether is ready to set up a permanent residence in Soho. The new shop opens its doors today on Crosby Street, a row that is slowly becoming a destination for men’s apparel and grooming. They teamed up with Thierry Gaugain once again to design the 2,000 sq ft. space. The shop is reflective of its outdoor meets urban identity. A shipping container has been converted into a register counter and the fitting room towards the back resembles a log cabin with stacks of exposed beams. The wooden crates made in Brooklyn have been constructed for shelving which functions as displays and are interchangeable and stackable, offering modularity to the space. Along with the full Aether line, Kletterwerks backpacks, Salt optics, travel and design books, and various accessories are on hand. The new shop is located at 13 Crosby Street.

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The Newsstand

By Tom Ran

Published: June 19, 2013 under Retail

The Newsstand in the Metropolitan station.


A newsstand that opened in the Metropolitan subway station recently caught our eye. Don’t expect to find any gum, aspirin, or Condé Nast publications here. Slotted into the shelves where you would normally see the latest issue of GQ and Vanity Fair are independent magazines and publications from around the world. Creative agency ALLDAYEVERYDAY teamed up with the 8-Ball Zine Fair to organize the stand by bringing together other independent publishers and shops like McNally Jackson, Karma, Dashwood, Ed Varie, and Desert Island. The Newsstand also stocks vinyl from Greenpoint shop Co-Op-87. Hours are from 9am-8pm on weekdays and 12pm-5pm on weekends. Bedford + Bowery reports that "The Newsstand will be open until at least July 20 but we’re looking into opportunities to keep it open longer.”

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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