Showing posts with label shopaholism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shopaholism. Show all posts

August 20, 2011

treasure & bond Opens in Soho, NYC

The selection at the brand new concept store treasure & bond is a dream - someone with an amazing eye for what's now and what's next is curating this place. With something interesting and unique to look at around every corner, this (by NYC standards) gigantic store is so much fun to browse. And there's really something for everyone - treasure & bond sells on-trend men's, women's, and children's clothes as well as housewares and select bath and body products.

I'm calling this a concept store because it's got a purpose - all of their profits go to charities in the NYC area. Which can actually make you feel ok about buying that amazing James Perse sweater for $275, or those Erickson Beamon earrings you've been eyeing up. What I haven't mentioned up until this point is that this store is actually run by Nordstrom, and is a way of introducing the brand, by covert word of mouth, to potential future customers- paving the way for the department store's eventual arrival in NYC. Personally, I think it's a great idea, and I hope this store sticks around for a long time. It's my new go-to spot for cool.

Take an inside look at the store and pictures of what's for sale below.

treasure & bond
350 West Broadway btwn. Broome and Grand St.

August 5, 2011

Shopaholism: Sobral NYC

Sobral is a funky jewelry brand out of Brazil and their West Broadway outpost in SoHo was a lot of fun to visit. They've got everything from fun colors to monochromatic spikes making the store a lot of fun to look through even if you aren't in the mood to spend.  The space itself is modern and minimally colored to let the jewelry do the talking and the staff was relaxed but very helpful.  Most importantly, items have a wide range of prices so you'll definitely be able to find something in your budget to buy!  Check out our favorite items below.

Sobral NYC
412 West Broadway

June 27, 2011

Aritzia Comes to NYC

Aritzia is Soho's newest women's clothing store, and I hope it's here to stay. Born in Vancouver BC, this is a go to store for easy to wear pieces that are totally on trend, but still unique. This place is huge, at 10,000 square feet and two sprawling floors. The decor is amazing, channeling some kind of fantasy world featuring Bob Ross style art and crazy sculptural pieces, like the eye above. Oh, and plenty of deer. The prices are pretty reasonable, from about $28 - $400. The upstairs offers a more boutique-like feel, and more expensive items like cocktail dresses and interesting leather pieces. I'm definitely adding this place to my must visit stores when I go shopping in Soho. Check out more photos of the store after the jump.

May 31, 2011

Shopaholism: AC Gears, NYC

The Japanese are good at making gadgets and audio equipment so of course the idea for AC Gears makes perfect sense.  Located just above the NYU area, on 8th St. between University Place and Broadway, AC Gears presents a selection of the finest gadgets, accessories and toys, most (but not all) of which are from Japan.  Inside the very modern store you'll find USB Drives made to look like super heroes, lots of head phones, sculpted metal iphone cases and funny alarm clocks.  When you go, you might not always leave with something but it's guaranteed to be a good time regardless.

May 27, 2011

Shopaholism: Covert Shoe Lab NYC

Of the many stores inside Limelight Marketplace, a few were of particular interest to us- think ones that related to eating and streetwear. Covert Shoe Lab occupied the main space of the ground floor of the shopping area, straight ahead as you walk through the front entrance, and it immediately snagged our attention because of its unique displays and wide variety of footwear.  In the main space of Covert, the shoes are exhibited in lit cubes forming a wall of shoes.  Around the main alcove kicks are also displayed on shelves and lining benches forcing the shopper to experience the space almost like a museum of shoes.  A wide variety of brands and styles are available from Dr. Martens to Lacoste to Puma and thanks to some good design, the store is as much of a star as the shoes they sell.

Check out some more pictures after the jump including some awesome Sanrio x Dr. Martens lace-up boots.

May 25, 2011

Shopaholism: Still House NYC

Dodging raindrops this past Saturday while wandering down 7th street we ended up at a beautiful but unmarked store.  That store was Still House.  A very interesting shop in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, they specialize in jewelry, mainly rings and necklaces.  But just as cool as what they're selling is how the goods are produced.  Modeled using 3-D software that is usually reserved for architecture and industrial design, the jewelry is sent to a three-dimensional printer and the rings are produced using nylon.  The newly created objects are then dyed creating the brightly colored rings shown above.  Strangely enough, the nylon rings are extremely durable but feel very delicate to the touch the result is awesome jewelry that makes for a great conversation.

See more about Still House after the jump.

May 23, 2011

Shopaholism: Allsaints Spitalfields Flagship Store NYC

Steampunk meets fashion at Allsaints Spitalfields which opened it's store in SoHo just over a year ago.  The look of the store reflects the fashion inside with a dark, industrial style- and you should look elsewhere if brightly colored clothes are your thing.  Allsaints mainly uses shades, not colors, so if whites, off-whites, grays, dark grays and blacks are something you've been dreaming of, then look no further.  To go with their edgy (and perfect for NYC) color scheme are cuts and styles that blend Mad Max (post apocalyptic and rugged) with inspiration from high fashion like Rick Owens.  There's lots of funnel necks, leather jackets, side zippers and pants with drop crotch and carrot fits to go around.

May 18, 2011

Shopaholism: An Inside Look at Uniqlo NYC

We've talked a lot about Uniqlo as a brand and showcased some individual items we've acquired but we've never shown you the inside of the store.  So here it is- the huge three floor store on Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets in SoHo is filled from floor to ceiling (literally) with Uniqlo's signature low price-point but very well designed and constructed garments.   The first floor features a large glass showcase which is readily changed, an area dedicated to the +J Jil Sander diffusion line and a mixture of men's and women's gear.  The second floor is all menswear and the basement level is all womenswear.  Overall, it's an overwhelming retail experience.  There's so much to go through and so many people to push through that you might find yourself frustrated.  But, I assure you, once you find that perfect pair of Uniqlo selvedge jeans for $70 or that great fitting winter jacket for less than $100 you'll be hooked.

Check out more photos of Uniqlo NYC after the jump (click to enlarge).

May 11, 2011

Shopaholism: Ubiq Walnut Street Philadelphia

Calling Ubiq in Philadelphia one of our favorite stores would be a large understatement.  It was one of the first stores we camped out at and it fostered a love for sneakers for more than one member of the solifestyle staff. I even recall Sooz camping out here once or twice, and that's something noteworthy.  Ubiq has come a long way since we first found it. Today they stock expensive and technical brands like Billionaire Boys Club, Original Fake, Nike Sportswear and Incase alongside streetwear staples like Converse, Vans and Jordans.

For more on Ubiq, click the link below.

May 10, 2011

Shopaholism: Tommy Hilfiger Prep World Pop-Up Shop

Capitalizing on two of the biggest on going trends for spring and summer, Tommy Hilfiger has created Prep World.  This pop up shop will be traveling the world peddling preppy and nautical style goods perfect for the warmer months.  Our look comes from the London location thanks to Wayne and Rob but Prep World has also made its way to New York City (May 6th-8th) and will be showing up in LA, Paris, Milan, Madrid and more this summer.  Look for bright colors, stripes and lifestyle goods in a stylish Martha's Vineyard style cottage.  Because of the look, the locations are dubbed pop-up houses rather than stores.  The collection of sixty clothing pieces presents a modern take on American classics produced in slimmer European cuts. Sounds right up our alley!  The London house will remain open until May 15th. For everybody else, shop online here.

More photos the jump.

March 28, 2011

Shopaholism: Converse Flagship, SoHo NYC

It's about time that Converse had a flagship store in SoHo because every person young and old walking around the area owns at least one pair of Chuck Taylor, Jack Purcell or Converse Skate shoes.  This past December NYC hipsters, skaters, punks and fashionistas got exactly what they were hoping for, a one-stop shop for all of their converse clothing and shoe needs.  Where else could you find an absolutely massive american flag crafted from high-top Chucks? Nowhere.

Check out more photos and info about the Converse Flagship Store after the jump.

March 23, 2011

Shopaholism Online: End Clothing UK

I don't frequent many websites for shopping anymore, but there are still a few I love, and I'll be talking about them in the next couple weeks because I consider them solifestyle.  

End Clothing, based out of the UK is definitely one of them, and their lineup of brands just gets better and better. When I first began looking at their site about four years ago, they were a decent online streetwear retailer, but they've been rapidly upgrading their inventory and at this point End sits right near the top of online streetwear stores in terms of high-end goods available.  Among the brands they carry, I recommend checking out their selection of Neighborhood, White Mountaineering, Visvim, Comme des Garcons, Moncler and Porter, and that just scratches the surface.  For those of us that live outside of the UK, we can deduct almost 20% of the price in VAT which makes shopping at End that much more appealing.  Make sure to check them out regularly because new items are constantly being added to their site. There is of course a real store front in Newcastle, England, but since we're based in NYC, we'll leave it to you to check out those photos here.

March 10, 2011

Shopaholism: SKT Ceramics

SKT Ceramics produces beautiful hand thrown porcelain goods out of a studio in Brooklyn.  It was love at first sight because of the cute hand painted animals on each piece... then we realized the creator of the collection, Susannah Tisue, has the same first name as our editor and that she was a graduate of NYU like me, not writing about her brand would have been denying fate.  The handmade cups and bowls by SKT come in soft blues, greys and off-whites and are painted with a variety of animals, but best of all, each individual item is unique, imagine how awesome having these as filling your cabinets would be.  In the future, we'd love to see some really large bowls or vases, they'd look unbelievable!

Take a closer look at Susannah's great work after the jump.

March 4, 2011

Shopaholism: MR PORTER

Mid February marked the opening of MR PORTER the men's counterpart to NET-A-PORTER one of the most highly regarded luxury and designer women's apparel stores on the web.  Like NET, MR PORTER stocks an elite lineup of brands including some of our favorites- Burberry Prorsum, Levi's Vintage and Lanvin to name a few.  They're also the exclusive carrier of Mr. Bathing Ape, Nigo's venture into the formal wear world.  Not limiting itself as an online retailer, MR PORTER steps into the magazine space by writing articles and style manuals to help you on your quest for fashion glory.  I love the way the site looks and navigates.  In my opinion there's a shortage of online boutiques geared completely for men, MR PORTER does a good job of filling the space and is a welcome addition to my favorites bar.  Men, be happy, this one is for us.

February 22, 2011

Shopaholism: Toy Tokyo NYC

Devotees of all things Japanese- UNITE! If you love Japan like I do, you know that toys are a big part of their popular culture.  From toys for children to play with; limited edition wallet destroying collectables; or lucky boxes that you find in Japanese convenience stores- Toy Tokyo has stocked them all.  Previously located on the 2nd floor of a building on second avenue, they've recently moved to a spacious storefront a couple blocks away that does their expansive inventory much more justice.  Though their collection has an emphasis on Japanese goods, they also have a massive assortment of US made vintage and present-day collectables covering all media from t.v. shows, to movies to comic books.

Take a look at some of the amazing items that fill Toy Tokyo's shelves by clicking on the link below.

February 18, 2011

Shopaholism: Pylones

Originally, Pylones opened in France in the 1980s to deliver a variety of brightly-colored, fun household items and goodies.  Since then, the company has found a market here in the USA and there are now 5 Pylones stores scattered throughout NYC.  The window displays will make you stop and stare at the hilarious and over-the-top wares, but once inside, you can easily waste your afternoon playing and trying out the hundreds of products on the shelves.  solifestyle picked the store at Rockefeller Center for our feature but any of the locations you happen to wander into will deliver the same crazy experience.

Take a look at some of our favorite items by clicking on the link below.

February 10, 2011

Shopaholism: Top 5 New York City Denim Shops

With an overwhelming amount of stores to choose from, how do you find the best place to buy jeans in NYC?  There are so many brands selling denim in New York, but we know as lifestyle connoisseurs that you're only looking for the finest labels and fits, so we hooked it up. has taken the work out of finding the best denim purveyors in the city (with some expense to our wallets... are there supposed to be flies in there?) and we're ready to present you with a Top 5 List.

Click the link to read more and see our guide, and know that that this is just the first of several we're putting together for the next couple months.

February 1, 2011

Shopaholism: Topstitch Boutique Philadelphia

The decor at Topstitch Boutique in Old City Philadelphia is just as funky as the items they peddle.  The store plays host to a variety of handmade and vintage clothing but the real standout in the shop is the jewelry.  Sold under the label Rabid Fox, the rings and necklaces with awesomely designed animal shapes are as good looking as any jewelry we've seen in in the area.  We also loved the chandalier, but we heard that some local jazz musicians want their horns back.

Take a closer look at Topstitch after the jump.

January 11, 2011

Shopaholism: Reed Space NYC

When you take a close look at this picture you might ask yourself, 'that's a whole lot of tiny chairs, right?'  You'd be correct. But they're not only tiny chairs, they're tiny chairs with stacks of awesome books, magazines and other publications on top- and this display is a perfect example of how innovative Reed Space NYC is as a lifestyle store.  They've been selling some of our favorite brands like Fragment, Medicom, Headporter and Converse since 2003 when Jeff Staple (the guy behind Staple Design and those Nike Pigeon SBs that caused a small riot in the streets) opened the store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Reed more about Reed Space after the jump (see what I did there?).

January 5, 2011

Shopaholism: Self Edge New York City

Self Edge is a small store with a product line to put large stores to shame.  They're denim specialists in the purest sense.  I mean, look at that rack, no washes and no damage- just beautiful raw jeans in every weight, cut and denim style you can imagine.  They carry all of the finest jean manufacturers from around the world.  Some of my favorites in stock are Skull, Imperial and Flathead, but they've also got a lot of great looking non-jean-related clothing; all in a space that makes you feel welcome and right at home.

See more pictures and read more about Self Edge by clicking on the link below.