Shop of the Week: CONVENT

Rebecca Prusinowski

While traveling the world as a stylist and residing in various cities, Travis Wayne discovered tons of edgy contemporary labels he admired.  Now he's culled his favorites and packed them into a 300-square foot shop on the Lower East Side called CONVENT. It's a high-low mix of women's and men's separates that boast strong cuts and bold black and white prints...bringing OAK to mind. However, the overall look (and price points) here are a touch less severe.

CONVENT is fun, forward, and a sure-fire place of worship for '90s grunge and new-wave devotees -- just peep Cheap Monday's slinky crushed-velvet dresses (enjoying their biggest fashion moment since the days of Live Through This) and the black and blue leopard print numbers by Aussie brand Backstage. There are pieces with more subtle intrigue, too: Sally Lapointe's sharp, minimal dresses and the slightly askew cuffed cotton white tees by Plain come to mind. Wayne's assortment shows he can balance innovative design and wearability with great expertise.

Beyond its cool clothing roster of international up-and-comers (Mancandy from Mexico City, Kai Aakmann from Korea, Motel from the U.K., Geronimo Collection from L.A., and so on), CONVENT offers standout accessories. We love the red dip-dyed tights from NYC's The Twentyten and the one-of-a-kind gold bangle bracelets by artist MJ King of Art&Objects. The boutique is also the exclusive purveyor of A. Morir's eccentric sunglasses, made famous by the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

CONVENT will host designer trunk sales, art exhibitions, and bi-monthly live music and performance art parties. To get acquainted with the goods there first, stop by opening day tomorrow.

179 Stanton Street
(212) 673-0233

Photos by Rebecca Prusinowski

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