If you’re one of those New Yorkers who travels abroad to get your COS clothing fix, then you’re now in luck. COS has opened a New York flagship in Soho at 129 Spring Street (and one in Beverly Hills as well). COS is a subsidiary of the Scandinavian retailer H&M.
NYPost sat down with Martin Andersson, the head of men’s design, to ask him a few questions. He explained that the new COS in SoHo is housed in a basement with an actual water well. When asked about his approach to the collection each season, he said that “function is so important.”
And now, you can have it all in SoHo.
The Jazz Musicians (1954) David Park photo by Ed Bierman
Born in 1973 in Azerbaijan, Beyler Eyyubov became a fan of Jazz early on. He became enthralled with such stars as Salman Gambarov, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, and has even shared the stage with Shahin Novrasli.
After moving to Brooklyn in 1997, Beyler Eyyubov settled in quickly and began playing around town in local clubs and festivals. Making the move to the Manhattan music scene has been slow in coming, but we can expect him to make an appearance soon.
One popular place that would be a perfect fit for Eyyubov is the quirky but comfortable Angel Orensanz Foundation Arts Center at 172 Norfolk Street at Stanton and Houston. The foundation was created in 1992 by a group of artists who were inspired by the art of sculptor Angel Orensanz. Housed in the oldest Jewish house of prayer in the city, it was the first synagogue of the Reform movement in the USA. Although there is only rarely a musical event held there, it would be wonderfully appropriate to hear the sounds of Beyler Eyyubov performing in this great space sooner rather than later.
If you love sportswear, you’ll love that Lululemon is coming. This high end sportswear brand is opening its first menswear store in SoHo. The store, at 127 Prince Street is hoping to get into the men’s fitness market with yoga wear, cross training apparel and running items.
As Felix Del Toro, the Senior Vice President and Head for Men’s Design for Lululemon told the Daily News, “SoHo offers a very specific shopping experience tailored to men’s activities. It’s inspiring to see the fitness scene grow and evolve in New York.”
He continued, “We’re thrilled to open our first men’s standalone and think that it’s the perfect place for this journey to begin.”
If you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Boohoo.com pop-up shop that just opened at 462 West Broadway in SoHo. It includes two floors of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories straight from the website. Most items are priced from $20 to $60. Now Boohoo carries over 8000 items on its site at any one time – and the store only has a fraction of this selection. But it’s still nice to see what you might want to buy.
Boohoo only launched a US version of its website last year and it’s now the fourth largest market after the UK, Australia and Europe. As Carol Kane, joint chief executive of Boohoo said, “A large part of our U.S. strategy is to increase brand awareness and so the timing was right for a marketing activation that would help us do this.”
In order to bring in shoppers, Boohoo plans to have many music events and blogger meet-and-greets, so make sure to check back at their website. The store is open from 11-7 seven days a week until November 14th.
If you live in SoHo, or anywhere nearby for that matter, you’ll want to check out the new French bakery. Maman, which means “Mother” in French, will take you back to your last trip to Paris. Their offerings include focaccia breads, brioches, chickpea galettes and so much more.
Elisa Marshall, a wedding and event planner who loves to bake, met her boyfriend and business partner, Benjamin Sormonte, in 2011. Together, they decided to bring a bit of the South of France to Centre Street, including Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal in their plans.
They serve breakfast, lunch and take-out food at the moment and have created a wonderfully cozy atmosphere in their rabbit-themed rustic store. The store is definitely a treat for the eyes and the mouth and is the ideal spot to linger on a Sunday morning…or any day for that matter.
If you love shoes then you’ll want to have your sights on Dune London. They will be opening their doors of their first US store on Friday with a large array of trendy and fun shoe choices.
Founded in 1992, Dune opened their first UK store in 1993 and will now be in the States and also in Mumbai for the first time.
They sell at 250 outlets in the UK, but it is getting to its saturation point says founder and executive chairman Daniel Rubin.
As Rubin said, “The opportunity in the states is huge. It’s not without its pitfalls. There’s a record of U.K. retailers coming to the U.S. and not doing so well. But we’re cautious people, and we want to respond quickly to what the customer is telling us.”
The goal is ultimately to open 20 stores in the States. As Rubin said, “I think the key is going to be to get the product right. We have a great location, the brand is doing really well. The question is how much we’ll need to adjust the product to this market. But that’s part of the learning process.”
Everyone probably already knows about this – but it’s worth mentioning. Central Perk, the fake coffee shop from “Friends” will open for real starting September 17th. They will open in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, as Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee team up for the one-month project.
The pop-up shop will be at 199 Lafayette Street in Soho. They will be serving free java from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 8pm on weekends.
It will be an exact replica of the fake coffee shop where the Friends characters hung out for the 10-season run on NBC. There will be many promotions during the month and visitors will be able to buy “Friends” merchandise and enjoy in-store musical performances.