American Two Shot

A Store Is Born: American Two Shot

Taking a shot of coffee and a gamble at reinventing the somewhat moribund model of a concept store, two childhood friends originally from Miami—artist Olivia Wolfe and Steph Krasnoff, formerly of Theory—have opened American Two Shot, Soho's newest retail space and teenage hangout.

"We carry whatever we love," Wolfe told Hint, "which seems to be a lot of young New York designers, many of whom are our friends." Hanging from walls and along racks, stacked in antique display cases, and dotted all around the store are those lovingly acquired items, everything from Timo Weiland and J. Lindeberg’s BLK DNM to Porter Grey and vintage Vans. All of which is mixed in with vintage pieces, stationery, jewelry, and books, including a limited-edition Ryan McGinley find.

ATS takes its name from the term "two shot," a photographic technique of "capturing two subjects in one frame," explains Wolfe. "One is closer to and one is further from the camera. It's called a two shot, and it reflects our attempt to bring different styles, elements and ideas into one space." Living up to that concept, they've invited Nicaraguan coffee enthusiast César Vèga, who used to bike-deliver his special roasts around town, to man a coffee bar inside the store, the Café Integral.

With easily removable furnishings and rearrangeable stock, the store is perfect for holding parties and events. "Now that we're open, we're taking the focus beyond just product," Wolfe continued. "We want to open the space up as often as possible, whether that's a film screening, trunk show, a drawing class or anything in between."

Visit American Two Shot

Apr 16, 2012 20:30:00
Maison Kitsuné New York

A Store Is Born: Kitsuné

The days of lamenting how Paris gets to have all the cool things are numbered. The recent influx of Gallic names—Ladurée, Céline, Isabel Marant, Le Baron—to the Big Apple has made the long-distance love affair with France a bit more bearable.

And now comes another foxy-by-proxy label. Kitsuné, the trés Parisian brand that combines fashion, design, lifestyle and a record label, will debut its first New York retail space next month, at Broadway and 28th Street in the NoMad district (aka north of Madison Park—don't worry, we hadn't heard of it either). Expect an abundance of preppy, vaguely nautical separates for women and men, as well as offerings from Monocle, Michel Vivien, Aesop and a collaborative loafer with shoemaker J.M. Weston, aptly named the New Yorker—all awash in the cozy ambiance of a Haussmann-style apartment.

Mar 27, 2012 04:06:00
Dover Street Market Ginza

A Store Is Born: Dover Street Market Ginza

Sitting right next to each other in Tokyo's Ginza district, Uniqlo and the new Dover Street Market couldn't offer a better picture of the dual retail climate in Japan, where shoppers are both insatiable for fast-fashion and zen-like in their quest for conceptual fashion. In fact the two stores are linked on the inside. So while little is known about the only DSM location outside of London, other than the list of inaugural collaborators—i.e. A Bathing Ape, Alexander McQueen, mastermind JAPAN, Raf Simons, Undercover, YSL—the opening on March 16 suggests that the Japanese really do have it all.

Dover Street Market Ginza
Ginza Ginza Komatsu, West Wing 6-9-5 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Mar 14, 2012 17:55:00

A Store Is Born: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott's collaboration with Adidas has been popping up all over the place; in particular, on singers' and starlets' tattooed and buffed shoulders. Now it's getting an actual pop-up store in Hell's Kitchen, 715 Ninth Avenue (at 49th Street), from Feb 9 - 26. And not just the latest collection either. We hear a mix of his colorful collections for Adidas will be on offer.

Feb 07, 2012 12:51:00
RA Paris

A Store Is Born: RA Paris

The Antwerp Six descended on Paris in 1988—and it seems the invasion isn't over yet. Enter RA Paris, a temporary satellite of RA Antwerp, that city’s vanguard shopping spot. Running through Fashion Week (aka March 3), Anna Kushnerova and Romain Brau have popped up in the Marais (14, rue de la Corderie), creating a tripped-out shopping experience based on the Surrealist salons of the 1920s. In keeping with the absurdist spirit, RA Paris will host a slate of happenings, like Serkan Cura's feathery couture show that kicked it all off.

Back in Antwerp, RA opened in 2009 as a vehicle to support young designers, and now the quirky shop carries everything from cutting-edge special projects to takeaway lunches. Its Paris location will encompass the same vision, with clothes from the likes of British glam-grungers Meadham Kirchhoff alongside vintage garments by the likes of Chanel, Alaïa and Mugler. Now that's an invasion the French can get behind. 

Jan 29, 2012 16:18:00
Etoile Cinema, Rome

A Store Is Born: Louis Vuitton Rome

For the ultimate tour of the iconic history of Louis Vuitton, consider visiting the Eternal City instead of the City of Light. As it turns out, Rome is home to Louis Vuitton's latest store, a word that doesn't do justice to the import of its Piazza San Lorenzo location in a building dear to Romans, the Etoile Cinema.

Louis Vuitton's first Maison in Italy, the century-old cinema that closed its doors over ten years ago will spring back to life, not only carrying Vuitton’s full women's and men's collections and displaying its finest finery (i.e. rare, museum-quality luggage), but also offering screenings of important films. Italy is synonymous with film and Louis Vuitton would never deprive Romans of their cultural legacy.

Jan 26, 2012 12:08:00
Young Versace

A Store Is Born: Young Versace

Versace is the latest to get 'em early, opening its first of many Young Versace boutiques. Carrying the inaugural spring 2012 children's collection, the store in Milan—at Via Borgospeso 15/A, next door to Versace Home—is a purply pastel wonderland, whose plush chairs and larger-than-life confections would have sent Willy Wonka into a tantrum.

The new line is "perfect for kids that like to stand out from the crowd," says Donatella Versace, who knows a thing or two about standing out. The kiddy versions of the house's signature looks—crisp white blazers, bright yellow shifts, graphic tees—make for the most adorable mini-moms and -dads. Even if the little tykes can't spell who they're wearing. 

Dec 20, 2011 15:05:00

A Store Is Born: Acne

Acne has another New York store planned for next year—its 32nd worldwide—even if the paint is barely dry in its new and second Paris outlet, at 3 rue Froissart. Along with in-house architect Andreas Fornell, Acne's own Jonny Johansson designed the small space in the third arrondissement, transforming it from a Gallic car garage into a Swedish minimalist's early Christmas present, complete with concrete walls, aluminum partitions, and blood-red ceilings.

To celebrate the opening, Acne Paper's Thomas Persson hosted a private dinner at famed French restaurant La Pérouse on Tuesday night. Making an appearance were Irina Lazareanu, Frédéric Sanchez, Nathalie Dufour, Catherine Baba, Anthony Vaccarello, and London cabaret performer Jonny Woo, who dazzled the cozy crowd with a few dragged-up, dressed-down ditties.

Dec 15, 2011 22:59:00
Marni, Beijing

A Store Is Born: Marni in Beijing

The Chinese are embracing the Western notion of shopping as recreation with gusto. But why should Alexander McQueen and Maison Martin Margiela have all the retail fun in China? (We mean that literally; Margiela has installed a multi-floor slide in its new location there.) Marni is the latest European house to open shop in Beijing—not just any shop, but its largest in the world.

Designer Consuelo Castiglioni has worked closely with the architecture firm Sybarite to translate the quirky Italian label's signature geometry and earthy mineral colors—plus a crimson staircase in honor of the host country—to the two-floor space in the swanky Sanlitun district. Which apparently now is the happiest place on earth. 

Nov 07, 2011 19:56:00

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