Paper bags reign supreme at a new Meatpacking boutique
Rarely do we associate brown bagging with the trendy Meatpacking District, but a new boutique has just made our grade-school lunch sacks decidedly fashionable.
A floor-to-ceiling arch constructed from 25,000 recycled paper bags provides dramatic ambiance at Owen, a beautiful independent boutique situated near big-name neighbors like DVF and Theory.
Fresh flowers and white marble tables smooth out the textured interior, although the store’s raw decor is youthfully appropriate for the roster of emerging and established designers whose wares are organized by color along the walls.
Among the racks are turquoise-colored dresses and crisp button-downs by hard-to-find designers like Jen Kao and Ashley Rowe, as well as tailored separates by Surface to Air and Preen. We fell for a flowing silk dress ($316) by ethically produced label Suno and cropped skinny jeans from Genetic Denim ($187).
For nighttime walks along the High Line, pick up a loose-knit cardigan from British brand Unconditional ($420), and nab a pair of Karen Walker’s retro sunnies ($270) for lunches alfresco--sans paper bags, of course.
Owen, 809 Washington St. (between Gansevoort and Horatio sts.); 212-524-9970 or owennyc.com