While just about everyone else in the fashion world was sloshed at the Pierre for the premiere of Lanvin for H&M, yours truly was holding court a few blocks down, double fisting The Meatball Shop sliders and Fat Witch brownies at the grand opening of the Cool Hunting for Gap Pop-Up Shop. The store, which was packed to the gills, offers some of this holiday season's (forgive me for lack of a better adjective) coolest gifts for just about everyone, from clothes and accessories to books and electronics, and just about everything in between (i.e. liquors, terrariums, Celebrity Chekhov, oh my!). In addition to offering many of the products which appear in the blog's annual gift guide, shoppers can also get their hands on some super chic limited edition Cool Hunting collaborations, my personal favorite being the custom made kimono-covered skateboards by Zillion ($650-$750). "Cool Hunting is about honoring designers and artists who embrace true craftsmanship," said Josh Rubin, founder and editor in chief of Cool Hunting, and the shop's expertly curated merchandise and layout certainly reflect that mantra. Kenyan, the interior designer responsible for Earnest Sewn and The Smile , has created a truly one of a kind space replete with salvaged wood panels, antique Persian rugs, and spectacular chandeliers by Roll and Hill as well as accent pieces and art by Evolving Image, Jonathan Adler, and Ian Hundley. Store graphics were created by local artist Matt Van Ekeren (whose mesmerizing iPhone cases really toyed with this diehard Blackberry user's emotions), and in-store music was selected by bloggers at RCRDLBL.
Cool Hunting for Gap