Tis the season for reckless spending and over consumption. I am one of the worst offenders, using the holidays as an excuse not just to check off every person on my gift list, but to indulge myself in all the things I've been longing for all year. Adding to the general danger of having your seasonal generosity metamorphosize into seasonal greed are the slew of Pop-up shops that have sprouted up ad infinitum since the beginning of December. Three that are worth a visit are the Tictail shop on the Lower East Side, the Rachel Jones shop in the East Village, and the soon to open Carl & Ebba.
Vontrueba Iceberg print at Tictail
In case you haven't heard, Tictail is a relatively new Swedish online retail site, hosting the e-commerce sites of a variety of artists and designers. While the site features a diverse international roster of brands, there's naturally a strong Swedish contingent, including well established designers like Ida Sjostedt, and People Products, who are responsible for seriously lust-worthy transparent speakers that will unfortunately set you back $849. For the holidays, Tictail opened a retail space at 90 Orchard Street, and at the opening party, I couldn't help but pick up this poster from local talent, Paulina Ho. If you are in town, the shop is open until December 20th, but for those of you who can't make it, everything is available online.
You also have a few more days to catch Rachel Jones's Pop- up at 89 Avenue C, featuring Upstate for Rachel Jones, jewelry from Metalepsis Projects, a mind blowing selection of vintage, and artwork curated by my dear friend Allegra LaViola of Sargent's Daughters. They've also been hosting a series of fun, free, workshops for indulging all your DIY impulses. I confess, I couldn't bear to leave yesterday's workshop with artist Jeila Gueramian without buying one of her eye-popping wall hangings. The store will be open until December 14th.
Lastly, for one day only, Kelly Cielensky will be installing her Scandinavian e-commerce site, Carl & Ebba, in The Dressing Room, which happens to be my favorite place to unload used clothes. Although I have been pointedly avoiding trips back to Stockholm since fleeing the dark and the cold two years ago, I still like to know what's going on, and lucky for me Kelly has done all the legwork in scouting out new and emerging designers from Sweden and Denmark. I'm particularly interested in seeing former Cheap Monday designer Orjan Andersson's well priced collection.