“From the very beginning, we had a unified idea of aesthetic and of what kind of place it would be,” says Schwarz. The space is bright and airy, with a DIY faux-terrazzo bar and offbeat seating in primary colors. Shelves and pedestals display vintage
furniture and new home goods by local designers, many of whom are also Parsons alumni.
After graduation, the pair pursued very different careers: Schwarz went into the art world, working at two galleries, Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Salon 94; Beyazit worked as a stylist before opening a vintage store and salon called Su’juk. Eventually,
the two decided to open their own shop — a “multipurpose” store, says Beyazit; “a holistic retail experience,” Schwarz adds.
This open-ended definition meant finding a way to bring their varied interests and experiences together in a single space. “We had been buying things for four months and storing them in the basement, just hoping they would come together when we staged
the space for opening week,” says Beyazit. Luckily, the concept has been working: After a year, both the shop and the friendship are thriving.