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.

UBIQ The World Over: nyc rainy day
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at asics showroom
After coffee and a quick trip to some galleries in Soho, we made our way up to the first visit on our NYC trip. We stopped by the Asics showroom to talk with Matt about some upcoming projects and check out the Fall/Winter lineup for Asics’ inline collection. Asics has been making a big push the past couple of years to work with an amazing arsenal of small boutiques on some really creative projects. Looking forward to sharing more details soon.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at asics showroom
Our buyer/brand manager Paul Lee chopping it up with Matt from Asics over upcoming projects and the current footwear market. Weather was not on our side for most of the morning, but luckily his Selvedge Denim Gel Lyte III’s made it out fine despite the downpour.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at nike 21 mercer

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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at nike 21 mercer
Every few months, 21 Mercer completely redesigns the store based on the newest NSW offering. This month is marked by the release of the Free Flyknit running shoes, the newest rendition of Nike’s Flyknit technology. Nike put together a special City Pack collection for the shoe’s release and an in-store display showcasing some of the best features of the new silhouette.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at vans dqm general store
Next we make our way over the the Vans x DQM General Store to check out their latest offerings. A bunch of familiar products along with amazing in-store displays on the history of Vans line the walls of this collaborative store. You can find everything from early models of the Sk8 Hi to vintage photographs from the brand’s founding in the shop, along with huge projections of skate videos. Vans and DQM also just opened their second General Store in Boston this past weekend and has a great recap of the event on their blog.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at vans dqm general store

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at vans dqm general store

UBIQ The World Over: vans x haro bikes
The Haro Bikes x Vans collection is displayed in the Vans x DQM General Store, which is also available now at UBIQ.

UBIQ The World Over: vans vault x wtaps
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 and UBIQ Walnut, including Sk8 His, Slip Ons and Chukkas.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at kith
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at stussy nyc
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at bowery mural
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at the hole gallery
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at alife
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at reed space
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, be sure to check it out before the sale is over!

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq with a dead pigeon
For as much love as Jeff Staple gives New York’s infamous pigeons, we were disheartened to see this guy right outside the shop!

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at only ny
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.

UBIQ The World Over: ubiq at only ny
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…

– Kelton


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