There’s a new concept store in town: Kisan, an import by way of Reykjavik, Iceland. The Greene Street boutique packs an especially charming mix of eclectic odds and ends. There’s the cute — designer children’s clothes and an especially attractive (for people of any age) series of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse canvas totes. There’s the quirky — tomes like a Japanese handbook to “Paris Kitchens.” And, of course, the high fashion, which includes garb from Sonia Rykial as well as wares (pictured) from CFDA-approved, NYC-based designer and general jewelry wiz kid Justin Giunta. He was on hand last night, helping ring in the store’s debut with a presentation of the Spring 09 collection for his much-touted accessories line, Subversive Jewelry.
I caught up with Giunta at the store’s Work Architecture Company-designed digs and asked about his current stint guest-blogging for Elle, and the blogs — fashion or otherwise — that he reads regularly. “I’ve never read a blog. I barely read emails,” he said, to my surprise. Never? “Never! I don’t even know what one looks like, so I’ve just been writing anecdotal stories for Elle,” he said. “I don’t shop online; I don’t do anything online,” Giunta continued. “But, once I posted the first one [for Elle] I was into it.” So, has the blog bug bit? Can we expect a Subversive blog sometime soon? “No way. I have too much shit to make.” I don’t doubt it.