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Shopping and Shots?

by habituallychic

08 . 21 . 08

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

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  1. So Haute August 21, 2008 | 4:31 am

    What a great store design concept!

  2. Suzy August 21, 2008 | 5:02 am

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

  3. Anonymous August 21, 2008 | 5:14 am

    The Liquor Store (bar) closed? bummer.

  4. Gina August 21, 2008 | 10:04 am

    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

  5. DCLawyer August 21, 2008 | 10:34 am

    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…

  6. Jessica August 21, 2008 | 12:37 pm

    Wow, what a great idea!

  7. DCLawyer August 21, 2008 | 3:46 pm

    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:


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

  8. John Trosko August 21, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Please build this store in Los Angeles!

    – John

  9. Pink Maple August 21, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    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.

  10. DCLawyer August 22, 2008 | 8:55 pm

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

  11. SHADES OF GREY August 23, 2008 | 6:34 pm

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



  12. Habitually Chic August 24, 2008 | 2:20 pm

    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!

  13. Garrison September 22, 2008 | 9:07 am

    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.