A New Hook For Crosby Street Shoppers-------
A three-foot long hook dangles outside 33 Crosby Street. It’s the totem and marker of Miansai, the five-year-old line of men’s accessories that began with a series of hook-closed bracelets and quickly grew to include a full range of jewelry, watches, and leather goods. From his factory and offices in Miami, designer Michael Saiger has been creating the wrap bracelets that have become a micro-sensation in menswear and found homes at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Colette, and United Arrows; now, for the first time, he has a retail store to call their own.
Saiger spent six months demolishing the existing, 950-square-foot space and custom-creating everything from the Italian ceramic floor tiles to the walnut-and-copper vitrines. “My mom had an antique store so I’ve grown up around interiors all my life,” he said. “It’s like second nature.” There is a back garden, shared with Fellow Barber next door, and up front, a tea-and-kombucha bar with Portland, Oregon’s Tea Chi Té, stocked with 20 custom tea blends and four custom kombuchas, a complement of sorts to the coffee bar at Saturdays Surf, just down the block. In addition to new products made for the store, including candles and soaps, there is the first “build your own” station, where patrons can customize bracelets, and custom-emboss leather goods.
While the store will be a lab of sorts for new experiments in product development, Saiger made one thing clear. “I always want to stay in accessories,” he said. “I don’t want to do clothing.”
Miansai is now open at 33 Crosby Street, NYC, miansai.com.