BEST-IN-CLASS Retail: 2 new pop-ups, one “lab” concept

5 out of 5 stars

3 new stores

If you’re in NYC anytime thru mid-May, make sure you check out Kate Spade Home (beautiful pop up that will make you want to move right in!), Raden pop-up – phenomenal store designed around their high-tech suitcases and Lululemon Lab which is a permanent store – with designers working on site – featuring their new streetwear line.

Details, including addresses and photos below.

Kate Spade Home Pop Up, 411 West Broadway, Soho (open thru May 28). Open daily from 10am-8pm except Sunday: 11am-7pm

One of the very best pop ups I’ve seen. No expense spared, huge lofty space built out into multiple rooms, fresh flower arrangements weekly, whimsical wall decor and, if you’re in luck, 25% off on all furnishings. I was there Thursday mid-afternoon and it was busy (my photos don’t do justice to the constant flow of customers coming thru the store).








Little spot for coffee by the window


Fresh flowers


Lighting and table settings


Entertaining mode

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creative wall drawings




Faux outlets

Raden Pop Up, 72 Spring Street (between Crosby and Lafayette – in the former C Wonder space). Open thru May 8.

LOVE this store, the design is absolutely brilliant and was created by the Lionesque Group (Pop-Up architects) and built/installed by Readyset Inc. out of Brooklyn. The actual Raden luggage I’m not totally sold on but anyone who travels a lot and is even slightly geeky is going to be excited by the built in phone chargers, the built-in scale and the GPS – so your luggage will never again get lost. The suitcases—created by Josh Udashkin, a former lawyer and wholesale developer for Aldo—come in seven colors and range in price from $295 to $595. Each piece comes with built-in Bluetooth technology that  also offers services like showing current TSA wait times, real-time flight schedule alerts, and the current traffic on the routes to and from the airport. The bags also have a small, concealed charging pack for your phone, tablet, or laptop. I’m not a suitcase person and I don’t ever overpack so the concept of needing my luggage to weigh itself is not that relevant to me. But if design and retail is your thing, you MUST check out this store.


365 suitcases in the installation representing 365 days of travel

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365 suitcases

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365 suitcases

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Various colors


Bluetooth connected suitcases


Opening nite party

Lululemon Lab, 50 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette).

First saw one of their lab stores in Toronto and this one is definitely worth checking out. Beautifully designed space (lighting fixtures are incredible) – and it’s really cool to see the designers at work in the back of the space. The streetwear they’re currently showing is really stylish – my only misgiving is that it appears to be for the skinny crowd so I may not be moving on from COS to this as much as I would like to.


Facing Bond Street – and check out those gorgeous light fixtures


Designers at work in back of the store


Check out desk


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