In October, the Brooklyn Yoga Club debuts in a Clinton Hill brownstone (206 Vanderbilt Ave.), with a co-working space and café.
1. Test kitchen: Monthly Indian-cooking classes with chef Nandini Sharma that end with a banquet ($120).
2. Wall art: Paintings by Julian Schnabel, a student at the school’s former home in Soho.
3. Library: Yoga books like Yoga: An Architecture of Peace for in-house perusing.
4. Café: Concentrated beet juices ($4); afternoon tea with vegan-cheese plates ($12).
5. Co-working: Shared tables, wooden swings, and Wi-Fi for a $45 monthly fee.
6. Outdoor deck: Flower garden with seating area; planted herbs like basil, mint, and coriander to be used in the café.
7. Meditation room: Mindfulness and Vipassana-meditation classes (by donation).*
8. Locker rooms: Eucalyptus steam room, showers, and bathrooms.
9. Yoga studio and event space: Ashtanga-yoga and yoga-therapy classes ($23) and consciousness-hacking nights ($20).
2×2: Triangular Desk Lamps
Three sides, one bulb.
This month, Nicolas Busnel brings his Côte d’Azur lingerie line Maison Close to 32 Grand Street.
My sheer mesh catsuits ($200) and lace thongs with detachable collars ($65) are for an androgynous super-vixen. The store was designed to look like my house in Cassis, with purple curtains, a sofa, and metallic gold accents. I’m planning on having days where customers can come in and design completely custom handmade lingerie, and I’ll close all the curtains.
Store in a Store
Last week, Burberry unveiled a scarf bar in its newly redesigned Soho store (131 Spring St.).
1. Talk it out: Specialists equipped with iPads greet customers at the scarf counter, guide them through the customization process, and offer styling tips on wrapping techniques and what’s trending in the scarf world.
2. Pick a color: Customers choose among 30 new scarf (from $450) and monogram ($75) colors, including purple, fuchsia, three shades of blue, and patterns like polka dot; scarves can be monogrammed with up to three letters in two sizes.
3. See it off to Britain: Each cashmere scarf is woven on a loom in Elgin or Ayr, Scotland. It’s then either monogrammed in Britain and shipped to New York within ten days or, if not monogrammed, taken home from the store that day.
Ask a Shop Clerk
Photographer Adrian Wilson just opened the Inutilious Retailer (151 Orchard St.), a store that doesn’t sell anything.
If you can’t actually buy clothes, how does the store work? It’s like an indoor Burning ManslashOccupy Wall Street. When you walk in, you’ll see street artist Adam Cost and ENX’s wheatpaste installation next to shirts and dresses that I bought from Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 but printed with images of eagles and South African patterns using my collection of 1880s trademark stamps. A tag might say that a skirt is $50, but there will be no one there to take your money. I’ll say, You can just have it, but you have to make something in return. In the second room, I’ll have blank clothing and will teach you how to use the stamps, so that you can customize something. In exchange for your purchase, your creation will go on sale in the front.
World Market, purveyor of affordable global goods, just opened its first shop in New York City (620 Sixth Ave.). Merchandise manager Kimberly Yant picks out her favorite hanging lamps and faux-agate tables.
These antique wood rolling pins ($8 each) were once used in India to make chapati bread. We added a coat of lacquer to make decorative pieces.
It took us a long time to find Moroccan tea glasses ($6 each) that passed U.S. health codes. We worked with a factory there to get these for us.
This lotus lamp ($80) has a great brassy finish and hand-hammered edges. I’d hang it in a hallway or over a small dining table.
The Turkish pattern is heat-transferred onto this velvet pillow ($30), so you can feel the rich texture and not just the plastic printed over it.
This side table ($100) is meant to look like it’s agate. We had a vendor paste a decal over glass; the way the light shines through looks so realistic.
*An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Brooklyn Yoga Club charges for meditation classes. The classes are available by donation only.