STORE: CONSORTIUMS

CITY: New York, NY

SINCE: November 2008

FOUNDED BY: Andre Munoz

PRICES: $$$ (out of 5)

WHY WE COSIGN: Consortiums founder Andre Munoz is an O.G. NY retailer, and we know him from his Union NYC days. His new shop brings all of its favorite designers, and a few of ours. "The way we're working with the shop right now is showcasing new designers with old designers. We have young labels like Well Played, Sibel Saral, and Procede. Each one of these is different from one another, but then when we put them alongside classic and vintage designers like Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Christian Dior, we're mixing things up."

Founder, Andre Munoz started Consortiums as a way to stay in the scene but get out of direct streetwear retail. "I was in streetwear, and didn't want to be a part of it coming out of 2007, the scene became something that wasn't fun, wasn't creative and it just became a job and lost its message. I wanted to do something cool, creative and different and also work them together. That's where you get the name Consortiums," he says.

Wikipedia defines a Consortium as, "An association of two or more individuals, companies, organizations or governments (or any combination of these entities) with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal." Says Munoz, "We're not a vintage store, we're not a new store, we're that great place in the middle where we don't want to be defined by one thing. We have a lot of space and we're going to be doing stuff with artists as the shop develops. It only makes sense to showcase them and move into that direction as well."

BRANDS CARRIED: Well Played, Procede, Sibel Saral, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior and MCM.

MOST POPULAR ITEMS:
plimsoles
CONSORTIUMS PLIMSOLES
Available at Consortiums, $18

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STORE INFO:
Consortiums New York
5 Delancey Street
New York, NY 100002
212.966.1441