Located in the general environs of many of the Retail Design
Collective’s participating showrooms, there’s a tremendous
amount of new retail in Chelsea, the Meatpacking District,
and West Village. Here’s a sampling of recommendations.
ROBERT GRAHAM | 380 Bleecker Street
Scheduled to open in fall 2013, the sportswear and accessories brand’s
first New York store in the West Village is in the Bleecker Street fashion
corridor that houses Burberry, Bruno Cucinelli, Marc Jacobs, rag &
bone, and Ralph Lauren.
RAG & BONE GENERAL STORE | 425 W. 13th Street
In a building that was once a meat factory, Rag & Bone has opened a
new “general store” concept that’s new to the brand. The space continues the brand’s emphasis on art with changing exhibitions and is
filled with custom and antique furnishings. Remnants of the building’s
industrial past include brick walls and unfinished concrete floors.
OWEN | 809 Washington Street
Opened in 2012 by an FIT graduate, this high-end boutique introduces
up-and-coming designers in a dramatic, industrial-inspired space.
The unique curved honeycombed wall surface was created by stapling
25,000 paper bags to the walls.
ASICS | 420 W. 14th Street
Opened in October, this new space is the U.S. flagship store for the
global running shoes retailer, and its first standalone store. Design
incorporates some original elements of the space, including the storefront awning and two metal storage lockers used as a display table
in the storefront window. The 3,600-square-foot flagship includes
a running laboratory intended to analyze the way customers run.
NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD | 807 Washington Street
This shoe brand, which opened its first U.S. store in 2012, displays its
colorful merchandise gallery-style against a neutral palette of white,
gray, and taupe. Windows look out onto a private courtyard garden,
which provides natural light for the space.
WARBY PARKER | 819 Washington Street
Surrounded by cobblestone streets, century-old warehouses, and
the High Line park, the online eyewear retailer’s Washington Street
location, opened in June, features industrial details in honor of the
neighborhood’s history. Interior park benches are a nod to the sprawling High Line across the street.
STORY | 144 10th Avenue
While Story opened in 2012, it’s essentially a new store each month,
with new design and new merchandise. Self-described as a “retail
space that has the point of a view of a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store,” the theme as this publication went
to press was “Made in America.” What will it be in December?
FLAT 128 | 15 Christopher Street
This cozy West Village storefront, opened this fall, is intended to convey the feeling of entering a chic friend’s home (or “flat”). The luxury
lifestyle brand focuses on emerging and established UK designers
of jewelry, home decor, and accessories.
CARLO PAZOLINI | 410 W. 14th Street
Following the opening of its SoHo flagship, the footwear and accessories brand opened its second New York location in the Meatpacking
District in September. Both were designed by Giorgio Borruso and
feature the retailer’s iconic design, inspired by the shape of an
While you’re out seeing Retail Design Collective showrooms,
you’ll also find yourself near these—and many other—new
and notable retailers in and around SoHo, the Bowery, Tribeca,
FOSCARINI SPAZIO | 17 Greene Street
Italian lighting company Foscarini debuted its first New York store
in SoHo in May. Two site-specific installations by the artist Stefano
Arienti celebrate its opening, and a modular shelving system created
by the architect displays the high-end lighting fixtures.
CARLO PAZOLINI | SoHo