Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.[Photos by Will Femia]
This morning brings the opening of The Smile, a general store/cafe/tattoo parlor dreamed up by Carlos Quirarte (formerly of Earnest Sewn) and his partner Matt Kliegman. The highly anticipated 'mixed-use concept shop', first previewed during Fashion Week, houses an edited selection of clothing, accessories and bath and beauty products; a small cafe; and tables for dining. A Stickley Brothers table full of beautifully-packaged Santa Maria Novella soaps and fragrances greets you at the entrance, cleverly-packaged Wool and the Gang garments line one wall, and shelves are filled with other surprises, like Adam Kimmel pants and antiquey-looking C.O. Bigelow products. A lot of merchandise is specific to the store.
The interior, designed by Luke Scarola of Brooklyn shop Luddite, has an already-worn-in feel, with reclaimed wood ceilings, an impressive chandelier made from an 18th century oil lamp and a smooth soapstone bar. As if all of this isn't enough of a draw, in a few weeks in-demand tattoo artist Scott Campbell will set up shop in the basement. So when you get mom inked on your arm, you can buy her a present upstairs to soften the blow.