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New York Adorned has been a long-time fixture on Second Avenue, likewise Brooklyn Adorned on Bedford Avenue—both ground zero for expert tattooing and edgy, hard-to-find jewelry. Taking that lifestyle concept further, and to a tony address, owner Lori Leven is now proprietor of a brand-new Nolita shop packed with a refreshingly unique collection of jewelry, home decor, books, toiletries, and curiosities. It's called Love, Adorned.
Open about a month, the shop is reportedly still a work in progress. That said, it looks more than finished, with sky-high tin ceilings, plank flooring and acres of crisp, clean white. The airiness isn't just effect: Leven discovered a series of unbelievable skylights hidden behind layers of paneling during renovation. And they make the Elizabeth Street space—already pretty large—seem downright huge.
As for stock, find an extended array of the vintage, ethnic and locally-designed jewelry Leven's been championing in the East Village and North Brooklyn for years in a series of antique glass cases. Aside from her own line, peep bits and baubles for men and women by Michael Spirito, Nick Potash, IL Design, Jovanna Djuric, Elizabeth Thompson, Kiki Smith, Pitango and All for the Mountain.
Beyond jewelry, shop a selection of charming letterpress stationery and gift tags, leather pouches and wallets by Makr Carry Goods, a purposeful array of books on art, photography and tattoo, vintage art glass ash trays ($40 to $80), handmade wooden tops and intricately-carved pen knives.
The space is also home to a lovely array of decorative objects and furniture—with much more to come. You can take home a rough-hewn Indonesian teak table ($800), or just admire it as a lovely showcase for a beautiful collection of hand-painted porcelain votives and hurricane lamps ($22 to $45). A broad selection of Laura Zindel's ceramics ($45 to $255)—most topped in botanical illustrations of bird-life, insects and pine cones on bone and enveloped in a sort-of walnut finish—accompany a series of decorative canning jars and milk bottles in opaque glass by Alisse Etinger ($40 to $60).
An impressive array of Pendleton also awaits, including signature woven rugs, blankets and robes. Great gift idea: The Pendleton baby blanket is available in assorted prints ($70). Want more heritage? Filson totes ($120) in tapestry and tartan hang from knotty plank shelving. Want more woven? Check out a series of surprisingly plush woven leather area rugs in assorted solids (starting at $1600).
Rounding it all out, find beautifully-branded apothecary staples by Baxter of California, Embryolisse, Lucia and the Laundress.
In coming months, watch for all the constructing and configuring to wrap up in time for an expanded array of furniture and a series of exclusive commitment jewelry for those who plan on eschewing traditional—and usually very expensive—engagement and wedding rings.
· Love, Adorned [Official Site]