Pas de Calais Opens in SoHo

paisSoHo is abuzz with the arrival of the Japanese-based brand Pas de Calais. Their American flagship store has just arrived on the corner of Wooster and Broome, marking the brand’s first international location.

The retail space is bathed in white, representing the Japanese minimalistic look they are trying to achieve, while also mixing in some Gallic romance. At the recent opening, the brand’s designer Yukari Suda and president Tsukasa Kobayashi were joined by Alexa Chung. As Chung told, “I like French things and Japanese things, so a hybrid is pretty much my dream. It’s so simple, and I love the tomboyish way they’ve styled the outfits. Everything’s very loose and easy to wear.”

Pas de Calais is located at 482 Broome Street and is certainly worth a browse.

Not To Be Missed Leather Pop-Up Shop

Libra LeatherIf you love leather, you should definitely check out Mitch Alfus‘ pop-up shop at 91 Grand Street in SoHo. The owner of the Libra Leathers store and the self-appointed “Leather King” has a client list that includes Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. He made over $50 million selling leather last year.

As Alfus told WWD, “I live and breathe leather.”

The pop-up will offer you the chance to own a pair of leather pants (for the low price of $495-$695), leather poufs, python chairs, white kangaroo fur, and even a $20,000 king size coyote bedspread. The store will only be there for six weeks…so go and enjoy now!

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Jon Bon Jovi Home on the Market in SoHo

If you’re in the market for a place in SoHo, New York, you just might want to check out Jon Bon Jovi’s pad. Purchased by the famous rock star in 2007, his SoHo duplex is now on the market for $42 million.

It’s located at 158 Mercer Street and is 7452 square feet of pure bliss. It includes five bedrooms and 5.5 baths. As The Corcoran Group’s Deborah Grubman site said, “The journey begins when you step off the elevator into the lower-level foyer.”

There is a modern chef’s kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows and 360 degree views of SoHo and beyond. As part of the for-sale listing it says, “This one-of-a-kind apartment is for the discerning buyer who can appreciate fine craftsmanship and all the modern conveniences.”

Bon Jovi was said to have purchased the home for $24 million.