New York

TrendSpark: Mastiha are the New Pomegranates


Remember when pomegranates first hit the street. Within a few weeks you couldn’t escape them. Pomegranate tea, pomegranate cocktails, Pomegranate flavored condoms. Everywhere you looked the antioxidant was attached.  Well now a new antioxidant has hit the streets of Manhattan, but this time it’s ready with a slew of products set for you consumption and a perfect little boutique where you can find it all. Mastiha is an all natural health goody that’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial resin which is only found on the Greek Island of Chios. It’s harvested from the sap of evergreen bushes and can only be found at Mastihashop (145 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10079).

In use for over 2,500 years the sap has been claimed to freshen breath, fight plaque and gingivitis, heal and regenerate skin, relieve ulcers, ease digestion and strengthen hair and nails. Oh snap, I think pomegranate just got bitch slapped.

The shop, headed by sisters Kalliopi and Artemis Kohas who grew up with Mastiha as a staple, carries a wide range of beauty products and other goodies featuring the sap including some very covettable chocolate-covered pistachio bonbons.

145 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10079 map
tel. 1 212 253 0895

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Launching Summer 08 in Style


BR Concept & Style Me invite you to celebrate the launch of Summer 08 in Fashion with a night of shopping, networking and entertainment:

Date: Tuesday, May 20th

Time: 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Location: BR Concept, 158 Wooster St. SoHo NYC, at the corner of Houston & Wooster.


The Goods: Among the high end brands featured will be IODICE, GLAM New York, and Rosa Cha. We’ll donate 20% of sales to the Gabarron Foundation for their mission and work towards supporting Latino Artists and Designers. Beverage open bar courtesy of Cabana Cachaca (

RSVP: By Monday, May 19th to 212-673-6600 or

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Leffot, Luxury Hits Christopher


The opening of Leffot should have all men running, being one of the only high end men’s shoe stores around. Owner Steven Taffel hand picks his shoes and offers an array of designers not seen on this side of the world, including Aubercy and Gaziano & Girling. You can also customize your own, now that’s something not many shoe stores offer!

According to Urban Daddy, “this store has a formidable purpose—it aims to be your one-stop shop for some of the world’s best men’s shoes, side by side, all in one place (shown above) and at your disposal.”

Leffot, 10 Christopher St (between Gay St and Greenwich Ave), 212-989-4577

Popularity: 2% [?]

Hong Kong Phooey

Will they have the Hong Kong Sars masks? If we’re lucky, yes!!!

Hong Kong’s finest take up residence in NY for a full month to showcase some of Japan’s finest indie designers. Made in HK is a  pop-up shop which will feature accessories, fashion, paper goods, and cultural ephemera which will make you feel like you just took a tip to land of the rising sun (of is that China).

These pop-shops are springing like daisy’s lately, which will probably be due to companies like (multiple choice).  They are running the HK spot but plan to launch different projects which will take on different forms. The guerilla-retailer will be one not to miss so shop early and enjoy.

Opening Party Tonight 6-8PM

Open to the public Friday - May 31st 12:30-7PM

181 Lafayette Street, b/t Broome & Grand St

Popularity: 1% [?]

Assembly Required

UrbanDaddy - Assembly

There’s a lot to discover if you know where to look. Or even if you know someone who knows where to look…

Welcome to Assembly New York, a collection of vintage finds and international gear, now quietly open on the Lower East Side.

The hole-in-the-wall location may have a familiar LES boutique look, but the contents are far from common. They don’t separate out the vintage from the new, so the best tactic is to dive right in. The labels are mostly foreign, like the Danish Henrik Vibskov who contributes a few bright green raincoats, so you won’t run into anything too familiar. They even find room for L.A. gray-scalers Endovenera, if you don’t mind a little pacific flavor, alongside vintage wingtips and knit silk ties to indulge your historical streak.

But the real finds aren’t on the racks. Peek under the glass display cases and you’ll find a whole other store’s worth of antique trinkets, like a ram-shaped bolo tie or a set of treated brass shoehorns dating back to the Gangs of New York era. There’s even a vinyl section in the back (skewed towards 60s prog) for a more musical discovery, and a selection of heavy metal t-shirts for your perusal.

Because Iron Maiden never goes out of style.

Assembly New York, 174 Ludlow (between Houston and Stanton), 212-253-5393

Content source UrbanDaddy.

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