April 6, 2012

New Store American Two Shot Read Our Minds, Gave Us Everything We Never Knew We Wanted

You know something is good when you’re hard pressed to remember a cold, dark, world without it. Enter American Two Shot — the new Soho/Chinatown, NY, boutique that read our minds and gave us everything we never knew we wanted. This Saturday we stood in the cold rain and ogled the current window display, which is a peg board featuring a playful study in blue. The spread includes a blue leather dress, BLK DNM jeans, a box of Oreos, Ryan McGinley’s book Life Adjustment Center, James Mollison’s children’s book Where Children Sleep, and pair of blue Vans, so basically we knew we’d come home. American Two Shot is the brainchild of artist Olivia Wolfe and former Theory wholesale planner Stephanie Krasnoff. Childhood friends from Miami, they possess a lethal arsenal of style, business savvy and connections. They built off their concept “City of Friends,” a collective of their creative friends who also happen to be some of the best at what they do, and collaborated to curate a lifestyle boutique slash entertainment space with all the clothes, books, art, jewelry and vintage your little heart desires. To have such friends, eh? Oh, and all the clothing is on rolling platforms so the store easily converts into an entertainment space. Move over Opening Ceremony, there’s a new cool kid in town.

With a unisex lineup of vintage Benetton sweatshirts, dead stock Vans from the 1970s in their original boxes, to the new guard of edgy up-and-comer ‘it’ womenswear designers such as Samantha Pleet, Porter Grey, Bodkin, Timo Weiland, Jonathan Simkhai, we could never, ever leave the store. Let us not forget the Khoi Le leather bags we must get our hands on. As if any more bonus points were possible, most store items are made either in NYC or in the U.S. Can we just move in? Oh, and don’t worry about your boyfriend getting squirrely and shooting you annoyingly bored glances while you’re shopping — you can keep him hopped up and happy at their very dude-friendly in-store coffee bar, run by friend and barista César Vega who formerly delivered his superb Nicaraguan coffee city-wide on his bike, from a business he ran out of his apartment. Our kind of dude. Our kind of store and our kind of people, in fact. Someone hide our credit cards deep in a box of healthy, dry cereal, quick.

135 Grand St., NY 10013, Americantwoshot.com

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