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Luddite

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Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Luke Scarola

Photo: Mindy Best

Luke Scarola

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

Photo: Mindy Best

Luddite, Williamsburg New York

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A “luddite” is one who resists progress in technology and industrialization. Luke Scarola and Rebecca Squiers have turned that resistance into a passion, creating a store that honors time-worn artifacts. Their shop is filled with objects that have a quiet sense of heroism-sharing a history that’s respectable, built to last, and more lovable with a little tarnish. The store is stocked with chemistry glass, anchors, chairs, handkerchiefs, old signs and more, from the from the first half of the 20th century. Hundred year old mirror-plated lamps cast a warm glow. Vintage military flags are noble reminders of bravery from another era.

Luke and Rebecca spend countless hours scouring the North East to find the perfect items, and their collection has drawn interest from the Ace Hotel, Freemans, and Vinegar Hill House. In addition to the retail business, Scarola & Squiers do interior design consulting. Their most recent project is The Smile, a cafe by Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman, the duo behind the Lobby Bar at the The Jane Hotel.

Luddite is located in Williamsburg, down the block from Marlow & Sons and Peter Luger. Visit them Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 7:00 pm.

COMMENTS

John Scarola
said at 9pm
February 26, 2010

I am the proud father. This is a wonderful article you did on my son's store. Both the pictures and the article text are exquisite! Good job! I wish I could get down there more. We are in NH.

Jeroen
said at 4pm
March 30, 2010

I haven't been to the shop yet, but if those pictures even come close to real experience... Can't wait to cross the Ocean and visit this lovely place.
I have to say I was very taken by Jonh Scarola's comment - Beautiful!
Couldn't resist and just picked up the phone to call from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and say some nice words in person to Luke.
He sounded as nice as his shop looks - I'm booking my ticket!
Good luck with spreading this great style and this flashy tacky MTV bling-bling world - Those people don't have a clue!
You guys definitely do!
Cheers,
Jeroen
(shop owner from Amsterdam - Sourced & Sold)

Tom Ran
said at 2am
April 1, 2010

Thanks Jeroen, Luddite is quite an amazing shop. If you visit take a stroll down Broadway, the grown up area of Williamsburg. There is also another store called Moon River Chatel, which we feature. I'm sure you'll like that shop as well.

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