It takes something special for me to get excited about a closed bar! The new J. Crew men’s shop in TriBeCa is finally open (well, it is open tomorrow anyway) and as expected it is toast worthy. Since I have been anticipating the opening for some time now, I’m going to break with normal protocol and join Men.Style.com and Kempt, Racked and Urban Daddy in coverage of the Mickey Drexler / Andy Spade extravaganza, making the J. Crew men’s store the Rusty Knot of store openings.
Is that booze drinkable? Photo via Men.Style.com
The store, which drew inspiration from the White Horse Tavern in the Village (which I don’t really love to drink at â€” but that’s besides the point), maintains most of the original elements of The Liquor Store Bar including the wooden bar and fixtures. The ever quirky Andy Spade pretty much sticks to his game plan for what he did with Jack Spade, selling American-centric products mixed with the best of the best from the mother collection, in this case J. Crew. You know what they say though, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. All that aside, I like what Andy and the people at J. Crew have done with this store. I hope this spurs more brands to open special, men-only stores. It will also be interesting to see how this concept plays out in the other men’s stores that J. Crew plans to open.
J. Crew Men’s: 235 W. Broadway, New York City, 212/226-5476