Another week passed, another weekend in the immediate future.TGIF, am I right? If you’re like us (over this five-day work week thing), then you’ll want to find some ways to relax during your free time. Look no further than below.
NEW YORK: Want Les Essentiels’ First Boutique
Specialty leather goods label WANT les Essentiels just opened its first global boutique in the quiet New York city neighborhood of West Village. Envisioned as an upscale town home, the FEIT neighbor hosts WANT’s full collection and other clothing from brands like Comme des Garcons and Casely Hayford.
301 West 4th Street
SAN FRANCISCO: Garrett Leight California Optical’s New Store
The recently opened GLCO flagship houses a full collection of sunglasses and eyeglasses catering to guys and gals, including many of its special edition frames developed with Mark McNairy and Thierry Lasry. The shop stocks Allen Ginsberg-inspired frames that throws us back to a time when San Francisco was the heart of new youth movements. Well worth a stop in. Say hello from us!
393 Hayes Street
LOS ANGELES: Takashi Murakami’s Curated Show at Blum Poe
We’re down to see basically anything that famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has to offer. His latest comes not in the form of his own work, but in the promotion of some of Japan’s brightest rising stars. On show at LA’s Blum Poe gallery, you’ll find the world of some incredible ceramists.
2727 S La Cienega Boulevard
We love what The Line has been able to cultivate here in Soho, so we were anxious to see what the retailer has in store for its new Los Angeles location. In similar fashion, it’s set up in an apartment-style.
8463 Melrose Place
LOS ANGELES: Rick Owens’ New Boutique
Behind the walls of a former ribbon factory on La Brea sits the new Rick Owens store. It’s quite an experience inside the 450 square-meter space, all specifically requested from the designer himself. Beyond the garments inside the store, one will find a floor to ceiling tank pool and an open air courtyard that is stark and barren; Owens would have it no other way.
819 North La Brea Avenue
WASHINGTON DC: Georgetown Opticians
Family-run eyewear business Georgetown Opticians recently produced an offbeat advertorial video that reflects the company’s values. If you’re in the DC area and happen to be doing a little shopping, stop in one of its three locations for a selection of niche and well-known eyewear, and a personalized consultations.
1307 Wisconsin Avenue NW
The one-liner king himself, Karl Lagerfeld, is launching a photo exhibition in Paris. The intimate installation will feature a number of Lagerfeld’s most personal works, including self-portraits and moody shots of Paris at night. It should be an interesting departure from his work with Chanel and at his own label.
28 Place de la Madeleine
Accra-born photographer James Barnor documented the divergent narratives of post-colonial Ghana and Swinging London in the 1950s and ’60s. Now Autograph ABP and Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière have joined forces to present a retrospective of Barnor’s work. It’s a fascinating look at London’s move towards being the urbane city it is now, and Ghana’s post-independence journey.
51 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île
LONDON: Frieze Art Fair
London art buffs, this is your time. This weekend Frieze London and Frieze Masters opens in your city. Look to the former for works of contemporary art, and the latter for a curated collection of ancient works. Make sure to look at the schedule for other Frieze Week related activities, too.
SEOUL: Buttero’s Latest Boutique
Following two recent openings in Japan, Italian footwear maker Buttero launches a new retail space in Seoul, Japan — just in time for the city’s Fashion Week. The minimalistic interior hosts the label’s full collection set with a backdrop of the leather hides used across its luxe footwear.
17 Apgujeong-ro 50-gil
TOKYO: “Passion for the Spanish Court Beauty” Exhibition
This exhibition highlighting the passion and taste of Spain’s royal court, originally showed at Madrid’s Prado Museum in 2013. It now travels to Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum where fans of chivalry and courtship can experience prized royal work from famed artists like El Greco, Goya and Rubens. It’s an extensive look into a time when the Great Masters showed us how kings were kings.
Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, 2-6-2
TOKYO: Need Supply Co. Japan
Richmond, Virginia’s Need Supply Co. makes a surprising move to Shibuya, Japan opening a brand new retail space. Expect to find some of the best product from your favorite Scandinavian, American and Japanese labels.
1-26-21 Shoto Shibuya-ku