Now Open | MYKITA NYC Store

Now Open | Mykita NYC Store

MYKITA, the eyewear specialists from Berlin, have opened up their first shop in the US and it happens to be in New York City. The Soho shop unites the company’s own design principles with optical precision made in Germany. The store’s architecture is based on the progressive composition of different elements and contrasting materials. The shop features purpose-designed furniture and a stage-like lighting concept. Its simplistic design is bold but retains the original character of the art deco factory building.

The all-white MYKITA Wall makes for an amazing presentation area giving the frames ample space to present themselves. Individual shelf elements inserted into the wall provide each model with its own little stage. In addition, out-of-service flight attendant trolleys that have circled the globe a thousand times are given a new lease of life here as a storage facility. The integrated “Relaxed Vision Center” is a special lab equipped with state-of-the-art precision instruments from Carl Zeiss research. Customers can consult the MYKITA in-house optometrist, who generates customized optical profiles and performs an exact adaptation of frame and lens to the wearer’s face. Quality, precision and products “made in Germany” are the common themes behind the partnership of MYKITA with the worldrenowned optical solutions specialist Zeiss.

The ceiling is lit up by a fluorescent-tube construct. The light installation is aligned with the old metal pipes from the original sprinkler system in a conscious reference to the building’s industrial heritage. This finishing touch unites the present with the architectural past.

Now Open | Suitsupply Philadelphia

Now Open | Suitsupply Philadelphia

Suitsupply has just opened another US store, this time setting up shop in The City of Brotherly Love. Located in Rittenhouse Square, the setup takes over an 84-year-old former hotel in the heart of Philly, bringing out everything we’ve come to expect from the European clothier. Philadelphia is known to have an eclectic sense of style which will play well for a brand that looks to deliver timeless pieces with modern twists and unparalleled quality and detail.

Timing is perfect as Suitsupply’s also just dropped a lot of their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The focus this season is on rich hues and bold textures with Indigo-colored wool, linen and silk fortifying the lineup. Other standouts include denim shirts and double-breasted suits with a color palette that stretches out to burnt orange, faded red, and ochre-accented colors.

Suitsupply Philadelphia is open for business and we’re looking forward to making a visit. For our Delaware Valley readers, head on over to 1601 Locust and let us know your thoughts.

Carhartt WIP Milan Store

Carhartt WIP Milan Store

Carhartt and Italian streetwear label Slam Jam teamed up last year to open the Carhartt WIP store in Milan. The space features all the latest WIP offerings including all collaborative efforts currently on deck. The shop’s design is refreshing as wooden panels throughout give us a glimpse into key events that have occurred throughout Carhartt’s history, including the brand’s establishment in 1889 and the creation of Work in Progress in ’94. Look for Carhartt WIP product to be available through the Milan flagship and other select stockists.

Now Open | Billy Reid Austin Store

Now Open | Billy Reid Austin Store

Tomorrow, Billy Reid will be opening the doors to their first store in Austin, Texas. The store, located at 1122 West 6th, and is the designer’s third store in the Lone Star State. It embodies all things Reid while still taking much influence from the surrounding Old West Austin community. Antique furnishings and rustic wood tables are set against bright white painted walls, with eclectic sculptures from artist Butch Anthony hanging above. More shots below.

Now Open | GANT Rugger Venice, California Store

GANT Rugger Opens Venice, California Store

GANT has finally opened the doors to its first West Coast store, as they look to call Venice their new home. The space is 1,700 square feet and was designed as a GANT Rugger neighbor shop so it has all the personal touches. To add to the appeal, local Venice Beach craftsman, Eric Gustafson, was commissioned to create several modern fixtures for the shop made from brass, wood, and inlaid tile. Additional fixtures include several 1950’s teak pieces and other mid century elements.

The trip west is long overdue in our opinion as Los Angeles has been a top market for GANT for quite sometime. The shop will carry GANT Rugger and GANT by Michael Bastian men’s and women’s collections. More looks at the shop below.

Coming Soon | Dover Street Market New York Store

Coming Soon | Dover Street Market New York Store

The New York Times reports Rei Kawakubo is looking to open a DSM New York as the designer recently came to Manhattan to scope out a few different locations. With the multibrand Comme-owned stores already calling London and the Ginza district of Tokyo home, opening a space in New York is something a lot of folks have been anticipating. The New York DSM will be in an area where there are no other fashion stores in hopes of revamping the identity and culture of the area.