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New stockist alert – Opening Ceremony

On my last trip to New York I had the pleasure to witness the first batch of our collections being launched in the coolest fashion boutique in the world – Opening Ceremony.

Founded in 2002 by two friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony has been flying high – they have become from a quiet street shop in downtown Manhattan to a worldwide sensation. Their unique fashion offering and the way they have experimented with their marketing is just pure creativity. I´m usually not into buying coffee table books but Opening Ceremony´s 10th anniversary book is one that every once in a while when I get stuck in a creative rut, I flick through to get my inspirational juices flowing.

Kriss Soonik x Opening Ceremony

I had the honour to meet their fantastic New York sales team for a breakfast clinic – talking about the brand, our inspirations and the journey so far. There were about 15 sales assistants and store managers asking very spot-on questions about the world of designer lingerie which was a real eye-opener even for myself. One of my favourite questions had to be “What do you love and hate most about luxury designer lingerie?” Answer: I love the creativity of designer lingerie and hate the traditional norms of luxury lingerie.

meeting the opening ceremony staff

For Opening Ceremony the Alison Bra & Knickers (future classics, I´m sure) from our AW14 collection come in three colour-ways with a removable cheeky Marabou puff. The Electric Blue with white Marabou puff is an exclusive for Opening Ceremony! So go grab them from their New York boutique at 35 Howard Street.

Kriss Soonik Bras and Knickers at Opening Ceremony

Kriss Soonik AW14 collection launches on our website Thursday 4th September.

Kriss´s Top 5 – New York

To end the New York month in our #ksworldtour we bring you Kriss´s favourites from the city.

Best “Coffice”
Being on the move means that it´s important to find comfortable cafés to put out email fires. Brooklyn is full of very cool “coffices” and one of my favourites is the Toby´s Estate Coffee in Williamsburg. Last time the soundtrack was so painfully good, and loud, that I had one of the best inspirational mornings ever. And trust me, I am usually not very creative in the mornings.

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Toby´s Estate, 125 N 6 St (b/w Bedford & Berry)

Mani-pedi NY style
I am a bit of a tomboy when it comes to all girly and feminine beauty stuff. So no wonder that until 2 years ago I had never got a manicure. What changed? We were at Curve lingerie tradeshow when my fellow designers started asking for recommendations for a great manicure joint. They told me that if there is one thing that needs to be done in NY, it´s getting a good manicure. Apparently, it´s a New York thing. So I joined the cult and now it´s my ritual. Every time I´m in New York, I get a manicure at Top A Nails. And last time I even got a pedi. Progress.

At Top A Nails
Top A Nails, 137 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

The must visit lunch spot
One late afternoon I walked past a lovely little half empty café in Soho and instantly fell in love. The atmosphere was great, food delicious and staff friendly. I especially loved the uniformed barmen. But little did I know that I actually had landed in a real gem. The next day, on a sunny weekend afternoon I walked past the café again to find it absolutely packed and so popular that people were eating while sitting in front on the pavement. When I later asked recommendations for my blog post from locals they also recommended to go and visit Cafe Gitane. So turns out I wasn´t the first to discover this amazing little restaurant in Soho.

Cafe Gitane
Cafe Gitane, 242 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

Shop ´til you drop
There are 2 stores that I always visit in NY no matter what – Barneys and Opening Ceremony. Barneys is just Barneys, don´t think it needs any explanations.
But Opening Ceremony is literally the coolest shop in the world. I can spend hours there browsing the clothes and accessories. I love how they have made something so non-commercial so commercial. It´s an art I wish more stores acquired. Better be completely ridiculous than completely boring, right?

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013
Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10065

Travel essential
With the weirdest and coldest weather during my February stay in NY, the Kristel Turtle Neck Suspender Top proved yet again a must-have item. Here are 3 reasons why:

1) It´s black. Read: practical. When travelling, you want to feel comfortable and fuss-free.
2) The viscose fabric is treated with anti-pilling, so when you wear it, it won´t get the awful fabric baubles. The top looks also fantastic after countless washes.
3) Multiple ways of wearing it – you can get a chic meeting look with a pencil skirt and stockings, or you can go for a more casual, quirky look by leaving the suspenders hanging loosely on top of your trousers. You can also wear the keyhole detail in the front or at the back, opening up even more ways to wear it.

Kriss Soonik Turtle Neck Top