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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.”

Introducing our new…Drumroll…Clarifying Clay Mask!

08.04.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Products, Skin Conditions, Skin Stories | No comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager

 

I’m so excited for the newest addition to our face category – the Clarifying Clay Mask. I have an oily/problematic skin type, so breakouts for me are inevitable. This gentle and hydrating clay mask uses kaolin clay to draw out impurities, while arnica and witch hazel calm and balance oil production. Personally, I love that afterwards my skin doesn’t feel completely stripped and tight, which is never a good sign. I’ve recently discovered that I have a heavy hand while applying masks, so I give it 10-15 minutes to dry before I then, BUFF IT OFF. That’s right; this guy has pumice in it too, so it serves as a scrub. To paraphrase, we now have an all-in-one Cleanser + Scrub + Deep Pore Cleanse.

It’s obvious why this product fits easily into my regimen, but dry/sensitive skin types can benefit from it as well.

 

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Matthew has sensitive skin, and enjoys this mask’s deep cleanse and hydrating properties.

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Pam has dry skin, and uses the masks as a clarifying deep pore cleanse once a month.

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Jared has normal/combination skin and loves the balancing aspect of this mask.

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Mr. Greenberg just enjoys the luxurious and soothing experience after a long day in the office. (Just kidding, the Clarifying Clay Mask is for human use only.)

 

Whether it’s from heavy makeup use, intense workouts at the gym, or hot NYC summers, all skin types suffer from congested pores and need a good deep cleanse every once in awhile. Thanks to the hydrating properties like sunflower extract, your skin will feel supple and soft.

MALIN+GOETZ & John Robshaw Hit the Road

07.31.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products | No comments

Matthew and Andrew and their friend John Robshaw share their summer travel tips and essentials.

SP15_MALINGOETZShop Matthew and Andrews top picks:

SPF 30 Face Moisturizer: here

Essential Kit: here

Citron Vert EDT: here

 

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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How do you gel?

06.22.2015 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Products | No comments

By: Erica, National Training Manager

 

How do you gel?

That is the question…

A modern interpretation of the “old school” styling gel, our Firm Hold Gel complements our hair care assortment for women and men with sensitive skin and scalp concerns. If you are looking for a firm hold with maximum control and sculpting, look no further.

This is ideal for transforming natural texture (i.e. curly to straight) or sculpting in a shape.

We asked our staff how they use it and what they love about it…

Sarah G.

My hair is usually very straight, but that changes when NYC humidity kicks in. The Firm Hold Gel tames the frizz and adds volume without drying my processed locks. I work a quarter-sized amount through dry hair, and I am good to go for the entire day.

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Alessia

I have a lot of hair, so I apply a liberal amount in three sections after towel blotting. I love it because it defines my curls with no crunchy feeling.

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Kaj

I use the Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Hair Conditioner in the shower, leaving the Cilantro Hair Conditioner in for texture.  I put in the Firm Hold Gel when I still have a wet head and then blow dry my hair to a light dampness.  I then comb my hair and head out for the day – 12 hours later, my hair’s still in place.

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Kevin

The Firm Hold Gel however gives me a more polished look for when I’m dressed up formally and am looking for that all day hold with a healthy shine. After washing my hair, I towel it dry but leave it slightly damp. Then I’ll run a little over a dime sized amount of the gel and work it through my hair. I’ll also blow dry everything in place if necessary.

Kevin

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