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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.

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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.

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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.

-R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom

RESOURCES

Assembly New York, 174 Ludlow (between Houston and Stanton), Manhattan, 212-253-5393