Anita Dongre Comes to SoHo

It’s always fun to see people breaking new ground. And this week in New York City, the first Indian designer opened a flagship store in the area. It’s called Grassroot and its Anita Dongre’s designs that include sustainable fashion.

As Dongre said about the new venture, “To the city that never sleeps, Grassroot brings a world of patience and crafts that don’t submit to a schedule. Every piece of fabric woven, block printed or embroidered is done by a group of artisans who give it the time and attention it deserves. This marriage of two distinct worlds is a dream come true.”

The 1500 sq ft store is located in SoHo and includes a space that is accented by elements in rose gold, cork and recycled wood.

This is fashion done right and ecologically. It takes about three months for each of the pieces to make it to the consumer’s hands. And each piece is, obviously, made with great love.

Perrier Pop-Up Creates a Blast

Who doesn’t want to jump in a ball pit and feel like they are a kid again? Now, you can feel like a kid again for a limited time with the temporary pop-up flavor studio from Perrier that’s at 63 Greene Street in SoHo. In a clever marketing scheme, they are introducing their brand’s two newest flavors with balls. The balls are, of course, the bubbles. The flavors are Perrier Strawberry and Perrier Watermelon.

Along with bouncing in the bubble pit, you can also enjoy the live DJ every afternoon, the wall where you can create a drawing and then screen-print it onto a canvas bag, a free nail station and an on-site mocktail bar that is giving out free samples!

You won’t want to miss this event.

 

Huge Stores in SoHo Fined

The city has started to crack down on Soho shops that are oversized and that have been operating for a long time, even though the zoning laws prohibit their size. Zara, Uniqlo, Hollister, Topshop and American Eagle were all given violations recently for exceeding the 10,000 square foot limit in the area. Residents have been complaining for ages that these mammoth stores have noisy deliveries late at night, bright lights and special events that draw large crowds.

City Councilwoman Margaret Chin said, “I am pleased to see that some of the most egregious violators of the ban on oversized retail in SoHo are being held accountable.” In order to have mammoth stores, retainers are supposed to have permits. Banana Republic, with its 67,440 square foot store on Broadway is one of the few that has actually been issued the permit.

Time will tell if these fines actually do anything – but at least something is starting to be done.

 

Artists & Fleas

We all know that New Yorkers do things better than everyone else. And this is true even for their flea markets. Located at 568 Broadway, the flea market Artists & Fleas is a place to see. They just opened in SoHo and this location is just as lovely as the two others that Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer have in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Chelsea Market.

There are about 100 vendors here selling their wares including some incredible names. These include:  

The Strand Bookstore, Thriftwares, Rhea Kulcsar Jewelry, Cynthia Rybakoff, Pam Barsky, Ava Love, Ever & Ever, MoYou, Aliens of Brooklyn, Soap for Sinners, Brooklyn Bleu, Most Wanted, Curated Basic, NY Recycling Maps, Noda, Gypsy Nation Vintage, Eveliina Vintage, Verrier, Min and Mon, Rhea Kulcsar, Studio DuArte, R. Nichlos, Jewels by Atlantis, DinerWare, Jaima, Metrix Jewelry, Spooksvilla, Selah Vie Jewelry, Studio Duarte and Belle Bar Organics.

Come and have fun now!

Be Part of TEFAF New York Spring 2017

If you love art, this is the time to enjoy it. With the flowers blossoming and the weather warming, it’s a great time to walk the streets of New York and to soak up the ambiance of the art world. From May 4th to 8th, you can grab of glimpse of some of the world’s finest art with the TEFAF (European Fine Art Fair) Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

This is the second showing in New York City since they debuted last October. The range of 93 exhibitors includes everything from Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Galerie Chenel to Phoenix Ancient Art, Peter Freeman, Inc. and Gana Art. Last fall TEFAF emphasized Old Masters and classical art; now the upcoming show will focus on art and design from the 20th century through today, but certainly antique dealers like Phoenix Ancient Art will be showing their stunning works.

Each object at the fair is actually individually vetted. As CEO Patrick van Maris said, “We are excited to introduce a second fair in New York. Modern and contemporary art have long enjoyed a presence at TEFAF Maastricht, and we are looking forward to celebrating this on a larger scale in the United States.”

Getting the Right Hat with Linda Pagan

If you’re ever looking for a fun experience in SoHo, and perhaps you’d like a new hat as well, you simply have to check out the Hat Shop on Thomspon Street. Owner Linda Pagan has decorated the shop with every hat you can imagine. She is often described as the milliner to the stars, as Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Weisz are counted on her client list. Yoko Ono apparently owns 50 hats from the shop.

Since opening in 1995, Ms. Pagan has brought in more and more unusual creations. She has hats that are made to order by New York artisans.

Ms. Pagan explains that wearing a hat is really about only one thing. As she explained to the New York Times, “People always say, ‘I’m too tall, too short, too thin, too fat, too old, too young, to wear a hat. But all that you need to wear a hat is confidence.”

Calligaris NYC Opens with Husband-Wife Team

Niki and Shaokao Cheng are the husband and wife owners of BoConcept New York. As of March 1, they opened their first Calligaris Brand Store in New York City. This is the first time they are moving into the furniture brand outside of BoConcept. As Niki said,

“We chose Calligaris for its award winning Italian modern design and great price points; and it wonderfully complements the offerings at our other stores.”

Their 4000 square foot store will carry many of the time-honored designs from Calligaris’ 90-year history, to their newest looks. As Niki Cheng said, “Its design is chic, modern, flexible and functional. The furniture works like Lego. Sofas can be combined with different seats, covers, and legs while chairs, tables and beds can be assembled in countless ways to add uniqueness to any design. They are all available in a range of beautiful finishes, styles and materials. Customers can create a customized high-end look and feel to their home at a price they will love.”

Check out Calligaris NYC at 55 Thompson Street.

Pinch Chinese Comes to SoHo

Run, don’t walk, to the Pinch Chinese that is just opening at 177 Prince St., near. Thompson St. The chain founded in Taiwan has a great reputation and has helped to open shops from Indonesia to Los Angeles. Now, first-time restaurateur Sean Tang has grabbed veteran chef Charlie Chen for the new site. There will be seven other chefs from China as well including a sous-chef in charge of wok dishes who has already run two Din Tai Fungs in Chengdu.

Of course, the restaurant’s focus will be on soup dumplings with three versions at the ready. They include the classic pork, the chicken and the seafood variations. On the menu will also be dan dan noodles, cumin ribs Cantonese-style cod, wind-sand chicken and more.

The general manager will be Miguel De Leon who has been at Chez Panisee, Per Se; the Momofuku group; Casa Mono and others. There are cocktails to enjoy as well and the space takes its inspiration from China’s outdoor dining culture.

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates Moves to SoHo

chocolate-1711513_960_720If you love chocolates, you’ll love knowing that the Flatiron chocolatier L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates has come to SoHo. They opened their new store on Prince Street. The L.A. Brudick products are made in New Hampshire using European methods and all-natural ingredients. As Michael Klug, the company’s chocolatier who took over in 2002, said “The chocolate should always be the focus, the different flavor variations should strike a harmonic balance with the chocolate as well as add complexity to the flavor.”

Klug mentioned that he’s excited that the company is based in the “inspiring and creative artistic neighborhood” of SoHo.

So now for the best chocolates – you can enjoy SoHo and its flavorful atmosphere.