Our friends at UrbanDaddy just turned us on to Assembly, a new vintage-plus boutique on the Lower East Side. Like their neighbors Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons, Assembly stocks a healthy selection of random objects to back up their more than formidable rack fodder. Our favorites include a ram-shaped bolo tie, four-eyed Chinese masks (an artifact of an earlier time, we’re sure), and enormous (but surprisingly sturdy) vintage corkscrews.
Even more interesting is the vinyl section, which boasts a cred-boosting collection of early Soft Machine records. We’ve been impressed by A/V sections before, but this fits into the store’s feeling of gently-used discovery better than you might think.
The man behind the store is the notorious pack rat Greg Armas, formerly of L.A.’s Scout, and he’s definitely up to his old crate-digging tricks. He’s brought a couple L.A. brands with him, along with a few choice labels from Australia (Chronicles of Never) and Denmark (Henrik Vibskov). And, of course, a few local boys who’ve made good.
- — Russell Brandom
Assembly New York, 174 Ludlow (between Houston and Stanton), Manhattan, 212-253-5393