Rather than heading for safer ground, Jon winds up at the more directional Assembly on Ludlow Street where we find him perusing the more challenging likes of Chronicles of Never, 0044 and Veronique Branquinho for Repetto. So he's been faking us out. While he would have you think he is shopping at Dave's New York for surplus and Red Wing Boots, he's really had his eye on —
a black shirt with a long rolling cotton scarf buttoned to the collar ($318). It’s removable, but only by a fool: the pairing is artful, the stiffness of the linen softened by the flow of the scarf and its flexibility. It can hang loose, almost reaching the knee, be wrapped around the neck in a hive, or flattened out and worn like a hood, the riskiest and most majestic choice.Well that's the kind of look that might get you beat up at Dave's. Caraminica's been holding out on us. There's a more rarefied sensibility here than we had originally guessed. We'll be interested to see what happens if he makes his way to even more adventurous locales like Atelier, or possibly Rick Owens.
Critical Shopper | Assembly New York: Linen, Kindly and Cruel by Jon Caramanica (NYTimes)
Assembly New York 174 Ludlow Street between Houston and Stanton Streets
The Key Shop 129 Rivington Street between Essex and Norfolk Streets