Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shopping and Shots?

Usually, I would advise anyone against shopping and drinking but in the case of men, they can sometimes use a stiff drink to get them through the task. Perhaps that's why I heard today from Urban Daddy that J. Crew is opening a shop in a former bar in Tribeca. Or my guess is that they want to start competing with places like Freemans and Rugby. Regardless, it's a fun concept and they've brought on Andy Spade as consultant. Seems he has a lot of free time on his hands since he and Kate sold their company.

According to Urban Daddy, "you'll find an extremely approachable, well-curated selection of J.Crew limited editions (suits, cashmeres), outside collaborations (Mackintosh coats, Thomas Mason shirting), best-in-breed gear (Alden shoes, Baracuta jackets) and vintage finds (tie bars, old Rolexes) that will help you tie together the classic American Steve McQueen look you've been cultivating." I might have to stake out the store to find one of these Steve McQueen wannabees! I will give J. Crew credit for thinking outside the regular retail store box though. I just wonder what they'll try next!


235 West Broadway at White Street
212-226-5476

13 comments:

So Haute said...

What a great store design concept!

Suzy said...

Great concept. Wonder what they'll do for the womens' wear equiavlanet?

Anonymous said...

The Liquor Store (bar) closed? bummer.

Gina said...

This looks very sophisticated, great shop. Must be fun just to sit there have a nice drink an for a gimmick get a nice pair of shoes....
Gina from Germany

DCLawyer said...

Ok - that's a pretty good answer to my question about men's clothes...sadly they always have the "good stuff" in the boutiques far, far away...

Jessica said...

Wow, what a great idea!

DCLawyer said...

I'm impressed by J Crew's fall ties, particularly the wool ones here: http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/MensBrowse/Men_Shop_By_Category/ties/woolties.jsp

and the knit ones here:

http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/MensBr/Men_Shop_By_Category/ties/knitties.jsp

I'd certainly appreciate any input by the stylish author and readers of this blog.

John Trosko said...

Please build this store in Los Angeles!

- John

Pink Maple said...

I'm a new reader of your blog, just want to tell you how much I enjoy it! I really like the new J Crew men's store, I hope they come up with a similarly cool concept store for women.

DCLawyer said...

For anyone interested, Fortune Magazine has a cover story this week on how J Crew's CEO is reinventing it.

SHADES OF GREY said...

just wanted to say i love your blog. it's very inspired!

-grey

shadesofgrey.blogspot.com

Habitually Chic said...

So Haute - I think it's a great concept too especially since most men hate to shop but love to drink!

Suzy - I was wondering that too! A shop in an old hair salon? Maybe they could see cashmere sweaters in a little tea parlor! I look forward to seeing what they do next!

Anonymous - I never knew about the old bar but I feel your pain. The hardest thing about New York is when fabulous places like Florent have to close to make room for something depressing like a Baby Gap!

Gina - it sounds like great fun!

DC Lawyer - will definitely have to check out Fortune! Mickey Drexler is a very interesting businessman! I might also have to buy it for the Prada story! As for your clothing conundrum, I'm much better at helping men shop in person. I've taken the Bachelor to Barney's a few times for new clothes. I'm more visual so I need to need if something works. I will say that a lot of men I know in NYC wear Canali but I think Borelli does nice mens wear.

John - I would think they would open an LA version in a Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf or a nightclub ;-)

Pink Maple -any suggesions for a women's version? I'm trying to come up with some!

Grey - Thanks! Love your name too! It's on my list of future baby names!

Garrison said...

Thanks for posting, was wondering what Mickey was going to do with this shoppe...looks like he's pulled off another concept store that could be a one hit wonder or a home run.

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