Now Open: Want Les Essentiels, New York
It’s hard not to love the story behind WANT Les Essentials, a leather goods brand that was started by a pair of design-obsessed twin brothers from Montreal. This month, they’re opening their first shop in the U.S., inside a townhouse in the West Village. Want’s line is a reflection of the brothers’ minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic: The “essentials for living” include gorgeously-crafted, minimalistic handbags, travel accessories, and line of men’s sneakers (a women’s line is coming soon), all made from meticulously-sourced leather and finished with a signature gold and silver zipper.
In addition to their own designs, the store will also carry a tight edit from the brothers’ favorite clothing and home goods designers, including Comme des Garçons Forever, Filippa K, and Hasami Porcelain. As for the interior, it’s simply decorated with mid-century furniture and modern art, in a style that’s equal parts sophisticated and comfortable, plus their “tea room” in the back actually serves tea.