storefronts

Meet in NYC

Introducing Meet, a beautiful hotel-like New York City-based collaborative rental space designed by Marc and Sara Schiller, co-founders of popular street-art site Wooster Collective. From art openings with Phil Toledano to creative powwows with SwissMiss, this creative 2500 square foot loft in Soho offers much-needed space for creative collaboration and community.

Hand Held in Melbourne

This tiny gallery-and-storefront in Melbourne is jam-packed with object-based art, including artist books, zines, and other clever objects. If you’re local, Hand Held is located at 108 Bourke Street in Melbourne, Australia. Stop by or peruse their website/blog to see shots around the store.

Creativity Doesn’t Suffer Recessionitis in Vegas

I spent two days in Vegas for the apparel shows last month and lucky for me, this time I wore sensible shoes. Twice a year Vegas hosts thousands of designers in shows like Pool, Project, Magic and ENK. This year I was struck by the innovative ways brands are balancing the need for their booth...

Holiday Gift Guide #3: For the Office

We’ve found perfect gifts for your coworkers and/or boss at Minneapolis-based store, Russell and Hazel. The founders believe that “good design is not over-design or design for design’s sake, rather pleasing design with loads of functionality.” I am a 100% sucker when it comes to well-designed office supplies so this company fits the bill. There...

Holiday Gift Guide #2: Kiosk

I realize I have posted about this little New York-based store before, but you’ll thank me for reminding you about it! Go to Kiosk‘s site this weekend and shop dozens of creative, odd, simple, quirkly, original, useful, friendly, inexpensive gifts for nearly everyone on your list. Okay, maybe everyone. The store’s concept is best described...

Vintage Finds in Argentina

Years ago, an American spotted beautiful vintage seltzer bottles at the Sunday flea market in the historic neighborhood San Telmo in Buenos Aires. He bought as many as he could carry and, once back in The States, his friends and family bought them up. He created Russell Johnson Imports in response to their hunger for...

Cleverly Useful via East London

Labour and Wait appreciates that the form of the tools and items that make our day-to-day more convenient is just as important as their function.  This lovely store has three brick-and-mortar locations in Japan and two in London. Bruce Pask of the New York Times puts it best: “the store’s contemporary take on antique staples...

Portugal Lands in SoHo

One of my absolute favorite online stores, Kiosk, just launched their Portugal collection. The owners of this SoHo-based store spend a portion of every year in faraway (or not) places and collect items that laugh in the face of  “over-design”.  The objects they stock are “hum­ble, straight­for­ward and beau­ti­ful for their sim­plic­ity and direct­ness.” I...

Retail at the Gagosian

A new retail space is opening at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC . {via coolhunting}

Deserted Block in Brooklyn is Art Space

A portion of Willoughby St between Bridge and Duffield in Brooklyn is being demolished this fall to make way for a large development project. “Rather than have an entire block of empty boarded up storefronts, local arts group Ad Hoc Art and non-profit community development organization Metrotech BID partnered to transform the row of stores...

Beauty Diggers

My boredom with the state of most online boutiques was thwarted when I recently discovered Rian Rae. The Wisconsin-based online store sells the usual assortment of decorative items, but manages to create an authentic boutique atmosphere by offering items that feel like true discoveries. From Parisian Globes to a Scandanavian Stag head, browsing here is...

Shopping While Boozing

Gorgeous clothes and martinis. The Dressing Room NYC