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March Into This ‘Slow Fashion’ Bunker and Strap On Some Bow-Ties

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A military-minded purveyor of “slow fashion” has pitched his tent in Williamsburg.

Kai D. Fan was creative director at Nautica before he “burned out on the corporate career” and shifted to consulting for brands like Jon Varvatos and Lacoste. In 2009, he started Kai D. Utility and opened up a short-lived shop selling “tools and clothing for artisans” on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand.
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Yup, Even Your Christmas Tree Vendor Is a Chain, But You Gotta Love Em Anyway

If you’re the type that curses every time you pass a Dunkin’ Donuts, we’ve got some bad news: you may have bought your Christmas tree from a chain.

You wouldn’t know it from the name, but SoHo Trees doesn’t just do business at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street. Each year owner Scott Lechner oversees, give or take, nine locations throughout the city. He claims his stock of 2,500 trees is the largest in the country.
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Manatees Are Huge This Year, Says One of These Novelty-Gift Gurus

Whether you’re looking for an inflatable unicorn horn, a MetroCard bow tie, or a Ryan Gosling coloring book, the East Village is just the place to find those preposterous stocking stuffers. If you’re not giving everyone Bowery-scented air fresheners this year and you’re hard-up for last-minute gift ideas, you’ll want to stop into Random Accessories, Alphabets and Exit 9. We recently did just that, to find out what’s on the shelves and what’s flying off of them. For one thing, Charles Branstool, owner of Exit 9, insists the manatee is “the next big animal to go viral on the shopping scene” (sharknado is totally over, after all). Hear all about that above, and hear from the folks at the other fine gift emporiums below.
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A.P.C. Finally Opened Its Bond Street Store

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Hot on the heels of Il Buco Vita, NoHo got another shopping location for the well-heeled over the weekend: Kanye-collaborating French clothier A.P.C. opened its fourth NYC store at 49 Bond Street on Saturday. An assistant manager tells us this location, originally slated for March, is more similar to the West 4th Street store than to the Mercer Street flagship, since it carries a “more selective” stock from the current collection.
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See and Be Seen, and See Some Zines, at the 8-Ball Fair This Weekend

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

Lele Saveri is a busy, mustacheoed man: he helped open MuddGuts in November, just extended The Newsstand’s run into January and this Sunday he’ll put on the fourth installment of the 8-Ball Zine Fair.
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Earwax’s Owner Says Rough Trade Is Welcome to Ride His Coattails

When Rough Trade opened in Williamsburg last month, we wondered how the neighborhood’s smaller record shops felt about the British invasion. Earwax Records, for one, describes itself as “the oldest standing record shop in Williamsburg — Since 1991! and still the most selective and quality oriented.” You can believe owner Fabio Roberti had some thoughts about the British behemoth opening up just a few blocks over from him on North 9th. Watch our video to hear what he had to say.

Video by Tamerra Griffin, Sara Afzal and Mel Bailey

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The Bookshop’s Live Auction Was a Bust, But a Rare Edition of Maus Is Cleaning Up

Speaking of auctions involving Richard Hell, the St. Mark’s Bookshop, as you know, held a live auction Thursday to raise funds for its move to a smaller location in the East Village. Though 11 books, including Music of Chance by Paul Auster and Drown by Junot Diaz, were up for grabs, a Baggage Battles-style bidding war didn’t exactly ensue: the event drew just a dozen people, and brought in a modest $100 via Anne Waldman’s First Baby Poems and The Milk of Universal Kindness.
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