The 100 Coolest Places of the Complex Decade

28. UNION

City: New York
Address: 176 Spring St.
Website: unionyc.com

Setting up shop in 1990, owners Mary Ann Fusco and James Jebbia stocked their store with the sorts of items fans of underground music would rock: blue-collar jackets emblazoned with U.S. Postal Service logo, polyester shirts, and now-defunct streetwear brands like Pervert. Jebbia and Fusco also partnered with Shawn Stussy, and operated the brand's Prince Street outpost, as well as Stussy UNION in Los Angeles. As the brand and culture evolved, UNION set the trends rather that followed them, notably, being the first American shop to carry the covetable Japanese brand Visvim. Former UNION New York manager Chris Gibbs went on to operate the store in L.A., where it continues to offer niche brands in a well-curated setting. Meanwhile, its former New York store is currently home to a Stussy shop.

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