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Brands We Love: Le Specs

If you’re always on the hunt for the next best shades, then your search may have finally come to an end. (We know, we’re just as surprised. We also thought finding the perfect pair of sunglasses was a never-ending quest.) 

Enter Le Specs sunglasses. As a company that launched in the mid-‘80s, Le Specs really knows their stuff when it comes to sunglasses. The brand has had their fair share of collaborations over the years, the most recent one being with renowned pop culture illustrators Craig and Karl. The shapes the duo came up with are exaggerated and colorful, very similar to the graphic design work they've been working on together ever since college.

While Le Specs continuously makes sure to stay on top of the current trends, their sunglasses are far from “trendy.” Their “classic shapes injected with sleek, modern attitude” ensure that Le Specs sunglasses will be as easy to wear now as they will be ten years from now. Plus, with people like Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Cara Delevingne, and Rihanna rocking the brand, you know they must be doing something right. (And if wearing these takes us one step closer to looking like Beyoncé, then we're totally on board.) On top of all that, the packaging is just as cute as the sunglasses themselves.

UO First Look: Herald Square

In the heart of New York City’s Herald Square (1333 Broadway), we will be opening our newest store on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Take a sneak peek at all the multi-level shop has to offer.

Amoeba Music
One of the permanent shops in our Herald Square location will be Amoeba Music. Hailing from California, the record company will bring a curated assortment of over 400 vintage vinyl titles that can only be found in our Herald Square location. Amoeba has been a mainstay of the vinyl community out in California since 1990, and we're excited to bring their extensive knowledge to the East coast.

Tortoise Blonde Shop
Another permanent feature of our Herald Square shop will be Tortoise & Blonde, an eyewear company who opened a successful shop-in-shop last year in our Soho location. The company provides a myriad of options for eyeglasses, and will also offer UO customers an exclusive collection of sunglasses. Evan Weisfeld, who founded the company with his father Dr. Steven Weisfeld, a licensed optometrist, says “We are extremely humbled and appreciative to be able to represent T&B on one of the busiest street corners in the world, especially with a brand like UO who has supported us since the beginning.”

Three Potato Four Souvenir Shop
One of our favorite Philadelphia-based brands, Three Potato Four, will be curating an exclusive souvenir shop for the Herald Square store that will feature NYC-related tchotchkes with a minimalist design. Pictured above is just a small sampling of their souvenir collection.

Hairroin Salon
We're also excited to announce that Los Angeles-based Hairroin Salon will permanently occupy a portion of the first floor. The full service salon specializes in cuts, colors and extensions, and serves men and women of all hair types, making it totally easy to grab a quick cut while still being able to shop the rest of the store. Janine Jarman, owner of Hairroin Salon, says, “Working with Urban Outfitters, we’re able to be part of an exciting new concept in beauty, and I hope we can partner on more salons in the future!”

Intelligentsia Coffee
Rounding out the rest of the shops is Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee, who will occupy a 900 square foot space on the ground level of the store and will have their own entrance. Their Herald Square coffee bar is their second NYC location and will provide customers with the service Intelligentsia is known for—sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best coffee in the world.

First Look: Space Ninety 8

Space Ninety 8, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn concept store from Urban Outfitters, opens its doors on Friday with an adidias pop-up shop in collaboration with the painter Jason Woodside, a Market Space featuring a curated selection of goods from Local Made artisans and designers, one-of-a-kind Urban Renewal vintage and a dedicated shoe shop (among many other things). We took a sneak peek at the space before the grand opening, where a team of young merchandisers from across the country was busy custom-building fixtures, hanging lights, handwriting signs and decorating the multi-story space with crystals, ceramics and plants.

Danielle, Store Merchandiser

Hi Danielle! Where are you from? I'm from the Roosevelt Fields store in Garden City, New York. 

What's been the best part about setting-up Space Ninety 8? Working with some of the most talented people in the company from all around the country and collaborating and pulling inspiration from each other. And working with the product—there's a lot of special one-of-a-kind pieces here. 

Do you have your eye on anything you want to buy? A Himo Art macrame wall hanging and the beautiful marbled ceramics by Bailey Doesn't Bark

Chris, Display Artist

Hi Chris! Where are you from? I work at the Studio City store in Los Angeles. 

What do you love about Space Ninety 8? I really like the space itself—it's unique. I feel like we translated the concept well. It has a really different feel [to other stores]. 

Anything you have your eye on that you want to buy when the store opens? The vintage metal shirts. 

Hard at work setting-up the rooftop bar, Top Deck

The view from the top

Erin, Store Merchandiser

Hi Erin! What store are you from? East Village, NYC.

What's your favorite thing about Space Ninety 8? The Urban Renewal shop.

Have you seen anything you want to buy while setting-up? A pair of Modern Vice boots. 

Ricky, Market Space Team Lead at Space Ninety 8

Hi Ricky! Where are you from? I'm a Brooklyn local.

What's the best thing about Space Ninety 8? The exposure for local artists. I'm an artist myself, so it's really nice to see.

Do you have your eye on anything to buy when the store opens? All the Salt Surf stuff!

Trevor, Store Merchandiser

Hi Trevor! Where are you from? The DTLA store.

What's the best thing about Space Ninety 8? It's an exciting concept—it's a lifestyle center! It's a cool place to hang out. I love the localization with the Market Space and the artist collaborations. I feel like you could spend hours here and not just shop. 

Anything you've got your eye on to purchase? There's some really special vintage mens pieces and the jewelry by young local designers. 

Urban Renewal Vintage

Nabil from Salt Surf setting up shop

Skateboards by Salt Surf, part of Local Made at the Market Space