UBIQ The World Over: August trip to NYC
Last week, UBIQ made its way up to NYC for the day to visit with some of our favorite vendors and shops. It’s always nice to pop out of Philly once and a while and see all the innovation and creativity that New York City has to offer. Take a closer look as UBIQ buyer/brand manager Paul Lee and I tour the city, traveling up and down Manhattan, stopping in at the Asics Showroom, Stussy NYC, Vans x DQM General Store, Reed Space, and many more exciting places on this rainy day in NYC for this UBIQ The World Over feature.
Shot up to NYC this past week with our UBIQ buyer/brand manager Paul Lee for a couple meetings and to catch up with some friends. After a couple weeks of amazing weather however, our NYC trip started off as a total wash. After a morning of pouring down rain, the weather finally cleared up and our shoes dried out enough to check out the city for the day.
Next we headed downtown to Soho to check out some of our favorite shops and vendors to see what everyone is up to. Our first stop in Soho of course had to be 21 Mercer, the mecca of Nike footwear in NYC. If you’re not familiar with 21 Mercer, they are the premier Nike Sportswear flagship store in New York, carrying all of your favorite NSW footwear and apparel. They also host an exclusive Air Force 1 ID shop in the back where you can sit down with their in-house designers and fully customize your very on AF1.
The Haro Bikes x Vans collection is displayed in the Vans x DQM General Store, which is also available now at UBIQ.
The General Store’s window display featured a military inspired setup for the newest Vans Vault x Wtaps collection that hit stores last weekend. The full collection is available now at UBIQlife.com and UBIQ Walnut, including Sk8 His, Slip Ons and Chukkas.
Ronnie Fieg and the team over at Kith have been making waves over the past couple of years with their collaborations with brands like Asics, New Balance and Sebago. Can’t wait to see what else they have up their sleeves for the rest of 2013.
Next top, Stussy NYC. For 20 years this spot was known to everyone as Union, a shop that helped pioneer “streetwear” during its time in NYC, until just a few years ago it closed its doors and became home to Stussy NYC. The Stussy flagship store in Soho now features the latest and greatest from Stussy & Stussy Deluxe, as well as some selections from favorites like UNDFTD.
Caught the newest Bowery Mural at Houston & Bowery. First painted almost 30 years ago by NYC legend Keith Haring, the mural tradition was resurected in the late 2000’s by Deitch Projects currator Jeffrey Deitch & the wall’s owner Tony Goldman. Over the years the mural has become home for artist such as Os Gemeos, Kenny Scharf, JR, Barry McGee, and many many more. This most current mural has been painted by legendary artists REVOK and POSE, two members of the L.A. crew MSK. An amazing display of REVOK’s use of collage, most notably used in his sculptural wooden assemblages, and POSE’s comic-like graphic additions, the pair pays homage to past street legends such as NEKST, Rammellzee and CASE2.
Popped into The Hole Gallery (founded by former Deitch Project’s Director Kathy Grayson) in the Bowery for a quick minute to check out their summer show Summer Reading. Transforming the entire gallery space into a temporary reading space, The Hole features artworks (surrounded by books) that according to its website “explore the relationship of literature and print media to the realm of fine arts, or perhaps the slippages of meaning and experience between the act of reading and that of looking.” The best artwork by far had to be this still life painting by Jesse Edwards.
Next we made it down to Alife Rivington Club, a staple in the sneaker boutique world, with one of the best selections of footwear in NYC as well as one of the most interesting build-outs. Nothing beats this built-in piranha display case in the hallway leading into their apparel room. Alife may have cooled off a little bit over the past few years, but they have recently reemerged with a hard hitting collection of apparel this summer.
Also stopped by our friends at Reed Space, another shop that has a truly unique interior and shopping experience. Reed Space is Jeff Staple & Staple Design’s retail space which offers a wide variety of goods from apparel, footwear, books, and a great selection of home goods. We are currently having a huge sale on Staple apparel and accessories at UBIQlife.com, be sure to check it out before the sale is over!
For as much love as Jeff Staple gives New York’s infamous pigeons, we were disheartened to see this guy right outside the shop!
One last stop over at ONLY NY’s shop on Stanton Street. ONLY NY is a office favorite over here at UBIQ, with a collection of well designed apparel and accessories focusing on clean & smart graphics & type designed by founder Micah NYC.
ONLY NY’s OK neon sign in the window of their flagship shore perfectly sums up my sentiments of this trip. Now, back to Philly…