Here’s a look at some new businesses on the Lower East Side, featured in our October 2015 print magazine:
Anthom (9 Clinton St, just below Houston) A rarity among all the urban wear for men appearing in the neighborhood lately, Anthom offers modern clothing for women. Branching out from their flagship store in Chelsea, their second brick and mortar location (formerly Culturefix) combines “affordable items with investment pieces intended to last a lifetime.” You’ll find clothing, shoes and accessories by under-the-radar designers and independent labels from around the world.
Vapeya (166 Orchard St., below Stanton) Continuing the trend in new vape shops on the L.E.S., former music-industry executive Jordy Trachtenberg opened this latest “cultural lounge” for smokers “looking to be liberated from the world of big tobacco” in a welcoming environment. The retro-futuristic lounge has LED lighting throughout, a DJ booth and a projector. E-liquid nicotine sampling is complimentary.
Killion (145 Orchard St., above Rivington) Orchard Street is quickly becoming a serious destination for trendy urban menswear. This west coast line (they have shops in L.A. and Seattle) offers clothing direct to consumers at their newest “concept store.” Items are sold strictly in limited quantities, and the team promises no additional mark-ups, mass production, or distribution to retailers.
The Hunt (27 Canal St., between Essex and Ludlow) After spending a few years in the back room of The Great Frog, skateboarders turned artists Jake Lamagno, Dylan Rieder and Steven Ditchkus are moving their shop full of Americana curiosities, found oddities, antiques and hand crafted furnishings to their very own space on Canal Street.
Koneko Cat Cafe (26 Clinton St., between Stanton and Houston) New York City’s second cat cafe comes to Clinton Street touting a two-story space and the world’s first outdoor Cat Garden. Founder Benjamin Kalb has teamed up with Anjellicle Cats Rescue, who provide the at risk cats in need of forever homes. Koneko, which means “kitten” in Japanese, is inspired by the hundreds of cat cafes in Japan. Patrons can make reservations to sample house-‐made Japanese bar snacks, Stumptown coffee, beer, wine, and sake with cats that are up for adoption for $15 per person per hour.