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Where in the world is M+G… Life:Curated, Williamsburg

08.20.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Lifestyle, Locations | No comments

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Life:Curated proprietors Sarah Meyer and Ryan Thomann both grew up in the Midwest and even attended the same college together in Georgia, but didn’t actually meet until they both found themselves living in Brooklyn. After quickly realizing they had similar taste in just about everything, the two decided to open a boutique in Williamsburg, and in 2010 Life:Curated opened on Grand Street, in an area that was decidedly not a shopping district.
Five years in and the neighborhood and its demographic have changed drastically, bringing new challenges as well as some unexpected surprises. We sat down with Sarah and Ryan to discuss their store, philosophy, and journey so far.

 

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MG: You guys started Life:Curated together and as equal partners. What does each of you bring to the table?
Ryan Thomann: We decided to go into business together because we more or less have exactly the same taste and we pretty much agree on everything, which is probably why we work so well together, but we each have a different skill set. She has a fashion design background and I’ve got more of a graphic design, art direction background.
MG: And why did you decide to open a store?
Sarah Meyer: I went to school for fashion design and spent some time working in that industry, but when the economy collapsed the company I was working for was kind of on the outs. Ryan and I had been talking about doing something together for a while, and when everybody got laid off at the company I was working for¬—
RT: It seemed like a sign.
SM: Yeah, it was just like, I’m on unemployment, let’s start planning this out.

 041“We basically wanted to have everything you’d need for your daily life.”

MG: One of the things you notice right away is that there’s such a broad range of products here—everything from clothing to dishes to greeting cards. What did you have in mind when you started Life:Curated?
SM: We basically wanted to have everything you’d need for your daily life, hence the name. As far as the curation, we initially wanted to present everything like a museum or a gallery.
RT: Kind of like a conceptual thing.
SM: It was a little too conceptual. We just want a very unique selection; things you can’t find in the neighborhood, or in New York.

 

01“Things you can’t find in the neighborhood, or in New York.”

MG: So how do you choose which products you bring in?
RT: When we started we thought a lot about our lifestyle and our friends’ lifestyles and what they were going to wear or put in their home or wash their hair with. A lot of it is just our personal taste.
SM: We like things that are really good quality. Nice fabrics, really amazing design details, things that possess a quality that will set them apart. We say products with character, which is kind of our mantra.

05We say (we carry) products with character, which is kind of our mantra.”

MG: You were an early arrival to the neighborhood, right? How long have you been here now?
SM: Five years.
MG: And how have things changed since you opened?

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RT: Well the neighborhood has changed drastically. When we opened Grand wasn’t really a retail destination and more and more it’s becoming that way. There’s a lot of bigger companies coming in now too, which changes things. Also, tourism has become a huge part of our business, and we never really expected that.
SM: It’s a little strange seeing so many new faces after having sort of the same cast of characters for so long, but I love it. It’s great.
RT: Yeah, completely unexpected.
MG: Ok, one final question. What’s the most overrated fashion trend going on right now?
RT: Stupid hats really annoy me. Lots of people wearing stupid, stupid hats these days. The last tradeshow we were at there were all of these hats with really wide brims that were just… costume-y. Not into it.
MG: Anything else you’d like to say for yourselves or the store?
RT: Thanks for coming and hanging out!
MG: Thanks for having us.

07“We have more or less the exact same taste, which is probably why we work so well together.”

Where in the world is M+G… Best Barber, New York

07.09.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Lifestyle, Locations | No comments

MALIN+GOETZ works with so many interesting and unique partners worldwide. We are excited to pull back the curtain a little and share some of their stories. This month we are highlighting Best Barber located right here in New York. The owner, Boswell, is a longtime supporter of ours, and didn’t hesitate to bring our brand into his very own barbershop. Read on to hear more about Boswell and his shop.

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  1. Your hair philosophy or mantra is…

The solution to most of life’s problems can be found by listening. This is true of hair too. Your hair will tell you everything you need to know about it if you just listen. If you don’t know how to speak the language, a talented barber/stylist can translate for you.

  1. If you weren’t a barber, you would be…

I would be an interior designer. Since I was a child I have always had the impulse to redesign almost any space I enter.  Efficiency being my most valued design attribute.

  1. Your all-time favorite restaurant in NYC…

El Almacén in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s a family owned and operated Argentinian joint. Get a table in the backyard or sit at the bar, order anything on the menu and be delighted.

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  1. In a busy city like NY, you unwind by…

Taking day trips! One of may most often taken day trips is to Beacon, NY. It’s home to one of my favorite art museums, Dia:Beacon. There is also shopping and dining on Main Street, great hiking, and camping at Malouf’s Mountain. Fire Island isn’t bad either.

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  1. Who should get their hair cut at Best Barber (describe your customer)?

Literally anyone who wants a great barbered haircut. I have assembled a team, that collectively, can do anything!

  1. Whiskey or Wine?

Whiskey! Followed by a chaser of pickle brine, a/k/a Pickleback.

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  1. Describe your ideal day off in the city.

Brunch at Nights and Weekends in Greenpoint, sunbathing in McCarren Park with a copy of New York Magazine, then a movie at NiteHawk Cinema.

  1. What’s the craziest/most regrettable hairstyle you’ve ever rocked?

As someone born and raised in Florida, I “rocked” a rattail for quite some time.

  1. What’s your sign?

Capricorn: responsible, patient, ambitious, resourceful, loyal and practically perfect in every way; like Mary Poppins.

  1. Ok, we have to ask, the M+G product you can’t live without is…

Rice Bran Eye Moisturizer! As a small business owner (and someone over the age of 25), an effective eye cream is absolute priority.

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M+G Down Under

05.15.2014 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Locations | 2 comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager

 

I was recently lucky enough to travel to Australia to train our partner Mecca on all things M+G. Mecca Cosmetica stores house the most sought after brands in color, cosmetics, skincare, bodycare, haircare, and fragrance all under one roof.  MALIN+GOETZ can be found in over 30 Mecca stores in Australia.
It was my first trip down under and I was blown away. Australia is seriously beautiful, seriously big and seriously far away. I visited Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and took something from each city. First of all, Aussies are so nice. They welcomed me with open arms and were just as entertained by my accent as I was by theirs.
Here’s a list of my favorite things from down unda –

 

Melbourne
  • The. Coffee. It’s liquid velvet. I was over-caffeinated all weekend.
  • Street art. They love their graffiti and devote areas of the city to it. It’s hard not to be happy while surrounded by such vibrant colors.
Brisbane
  • Sunshine. It was sunny and 74 when I stepped off the plane. I only spent 22 hours here, but the palm trees alone made me happy.
  • One word: Brisvegas. That’s the city’s nickname. Statues are perched on large purple light boxes jazzing up the town.
Sydney
  • This is predictable, but the Sydney Opera House. I’ve seen pictures of it since I was a child, but seeing it in person is overwhelming. It’s massive and absolutely beautiful.
  • Koalas. My goal was to meet a koala while there, and I did. See me and Silvia below. She loves me.
Until next time!

 

Step into Fall!

09.05.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Locations, Products, Skin Conditions | No comments

By Erica, National Training Manager

It’s time once again to bid adieu to summer. And while I won’t miss the sticky, humid days, where the thought of wearing my hair down and an ounce of makeup makes me want to crawl back in bed, I will miss dining al fresco and the sun setting at 9pm. Autumn is my favorite season – the bite in the air puts a pep in my step and there’s nothing I love more than a slouchy cardigan. The only complaint I have about the cooler weather is, my head-to-toe dry skin. So, not only does Fall require me to switch out my wardrobe, I also exchange my lightweight lotions for heavier creams and moisturizers to prepare my hide for the upcoming months. My favorite products to get me through the colder months are – Jojoba Face Scrub, Chamomile Treatment Oil, Replenishing Face Cream, Peppermint Body Scrub and Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer. True story – I’ve been stopped on the street before to ask me what I use to get a glowing complexion… Obviously, MALIN+GOETZ!

Product Tips:

  • The Jojoba Face Scrub serves as a gentle every day cream cleanser. It puts hydration back in your skin.
  • I love warming one pump of the Chamomile Treatment Oil in my hands and pressing into my skin like a serum. The oil restores balance and gives my skin a great glow.
  • During winter months, the Replenishing Face Cream becomes my daily moisturizer. It’s the only thing that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple.
  • Some people are scared to exfoliate dry skin because they think it dries it out even more. This could not be farther from the truth! Gently exfoliating with the Peppermint Body Scrub removes the dry, dead skin and allows moisturizers to penetrate even deeper. You’re doing your scales well by scrubbing!
  • Right before I hop into my warm, cozy bed, I slather Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer all over – don’t forget your feet! Honey and shea butter soothe my parched skin and vitamin b5 deeply hydrates and plumps collagen.
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    Summer, M+G Style!

    06.03.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Locations, Products | No comments

    *by Kenne Kuramochi

    Well my wish for the cold, harsh New York winter to be over has been granted. Now I’m faced with the hot, humid summer!  As I write this from my cozy NYC studio, I consider how to best cope. I turn to my beauty addiction otherwise known as MALIN+GOETZ! Yes, I work for the company, but anyone who knows me knows that I pursued the company to work for them. I truly believe in the performance of every MALIN+GOETZ product and having to be creative in a tiny studio apartment, I have found numerous ways to use my favorites to make myself and my apartment look and feel stupendous!

    First, I start by using my Peppermint Body Scrub to cool off and shed dead skin accumulated by previous winter months. From my shoulders to my feet, I can feel the bamboo extract exfoliating my skin—soft to the touch for that summer romance!  Next, the subtle, natural Neroli Hand & Body Lotion is a great, lightweight alternative to winter’s choice of the Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer (a rich luxurious cream!). My colleague, Paige, says, “it’s like vacation in a bottle!”

    What’s next? Don’t forget to light the Mojito Candle—paradise at the beach. I have received many candles as gifts, but MALIN+GOETZ candles have outlasted every other more expensive candle. While I appreciate the expensive candles in heavy jars imported from France, I will stick with my M+G candles hand-poured here in Brooklyn, New York!

    Body smooth and cool: check. Mojito candle lit: check. Ready for one of New York’s finest beaches: CHECK!

    KENNE

    *Kenne Kuramochi is our Business Mgr at Barneys on Madison Ave.  Visit Kenne there and see his beautiful summer skin in person. You will not be disappointed.*

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