Chop And Shop-------
New York’s growing appetite for barbershop/apothecary hybrids will be getting some more amuse bouche this week as the Ace Hotel’s newly opened outpost of Rudy’s barbershop unveils its corresponding concept store. Designed by WRK Design, the same firm behind the salon’s old-timey interiors, the space aims to combine retail therapy with gently priced cuts for style-conscious guys and gals. The aesthetic is essentially military commissary-chic; faded, institutional-green walls are accessorized with vintage X-ray glass-turned-light fixtures. Other features include a changing room that was a bathroom stall in a previous life. It’s somehow the perfect backdrop for the carefully edited selection of personal grooming products from lines like Kiehl’s, Bumble and bumble, Ursa Major, Le Labo and Baxter of California, as well as choice items from Rudy’s in-house range, which includes everything from bath bombs to reconceived army blankets. Black House Project dog beds, canvas totes by RTH and Kelty backpacks are also available for your purchasing pleasure. Fingers crossed the store makes the trip across the river when the West Coast shearing destination opens its next installment in Williamsburg.