August 30, 2015

1— Why did you open Dimes?

SS: We felt the city lacked a place where the quintessential NY woman (and man!) could grab a meal that offers a guiltless and balanced menu.

AW: After working on other people’s dreams for such a long time, I was ready to focus on my own.

1B— Ok, I love the mention of dreams. If you were gifted 10 million dollars to open an establishment (didn’t have to be a restaurant) anywhere in the world, where and what would it be? Mine would be a hotel in Amsterdam.

SS: I would commission James Turrell to build a skyspace on my holistic herb farm.

2— What makes Dimes great? How do you explain why it’s special?

SS: Dimes is a reflection of the young and vibrant creatives that make this city an anomaly. It’s so infectious to share that energy with our community of customers.

AW: Dimes has really strong ties to the neighborhood and such a great following of regular customers. It creates a super friendly community spirit that can be rare in such a big city.

2B— It’s super apparent that Dimes is fed by a creative energy. What’s feeding you guys creatively now? What visual artists, thinkers, authors, places or vegetables are inspiring and feeding you?

SS: Agnes Martin has always been an inspiration with the Dimes philosophy. I just rediscovered Lina Bo Bardi’s work, and I definitely see some of her references happening in the future.

3— Where did you guys meet? How long have you known each other?

AW: Sabrina and I met about 11 years ago working at Lovely Day in Nolita. A match made in heaven!

4— How do you describe the Dimes crowd?

AW: Friends!

5.—How do you describe the Dimes aesthetic?

AW: Clean, beautiful, timeless and fun.

SS: Minimal, with fun surprises if you take a closer look. We love mixing the room with different chairs from designers that we share a core philosophy on aesthetics with.

5B— I love chairs! In my next life, when I come back as an eccentric, I’ll found The Great Chair Museum and be its sole donor. Favorite furniture designers? Classic and current?

SS: Enzo Mari, Roland Rainer, Sergio Rodgrigues, Carlo Mollino, Martino Gamper.

6— New projects in the works? What’s next?

SS: There’s always something in the works :) The best thing about doing what we do is imagining the impossible and weaving those ideas into a Dimes vernacular.

AW: We always have some new things bubbling…..stay tuned!

7— Any mantras, philosophies or words you live by?

SS: When it’s good, it’s fun. When it’s bad, it’s funny.

AW: In general, just work hard and treat people well.

7B— Love these. Much respect. Along these same lines, if you could hop in a time machine and visit your summer-before-freshman-year-in-high-school self for an hour, what would you tell them?

AW: Be kind, confident, and true to yourself. You won’t remember any of these people’s names in ten years.

8— How would you describe the Totokaelo aesthetic?

SS: Totokaelo represents the archetypal modern woman. Comfort is always on the agenda. Confidence is embodied by the simplicity of her style. She’s effortless.

AW: Totokaelo is modern, classic, fun and fearless with a perfectly curated vision.

To view more of the editorial, visit STORIES.


August 28, 2015

Totokaelo New York opens at 54 Crosby St on Saturday, September 12. We gave NYMag a preview of what lies ahead.

See something you like? Hover over our store rendering to shop the story.

1. Outdoor space: 400 square feet with chairs, couches, and free Wi-Fi.
2. Library: Phaidon-sponsored community library.
3. White clothes: Rachel Comey dresses ($598).
4. VIP fitting room: By-appointment private shopping for top clients will include beer, Champagne, and lunch.
5. Colorful clothes: Blue Dries Van Noten boots ($785).
6. Jewelry: Nikos Koulis geometric cutout earrings ($4,860).
7. Women’s shoes
8. Dark clothes: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto jumper dresses ($1,172).
9. Statement designers: Acne Studios robe coats ($1,550).
10. Home objects: Julie Thevenot wall hanging ($836).
11. Shoppable stockroom: Upon request, shop clerks take clients into the stockroom for exclusive products.
12. Smoking section: Six-foot-wide outdoor courtyard with benches and a mural by Margot Bird.
13. Men’s clothes: Yohji Yamamoto sweaters ($877).
14. Men’s shoes: Rick Owens Creeper ankle boots ($1,792).




August 28, 2015

Learn more about Totokaelo’s plans for New York


More than a Pretty Face — interview with Antonino Russo

May 08, 2015

1— Where are you from?

I’m from Napoli, south Italy

2— How long have you been in NYC?

In NYC since February, trying to stay here for good.

3— Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Napoli and Thailand

4— What are you listening too now?

Placebo and Crystal Castles

5— What’s it like on set during a Totokaelo shoot?

Being on set for Totokaelo is a lot of fun!!! Love how OCD you all are about details while still being super easy going and nice :)

Antonino Russo in ‘A Fuoco’


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Totokaelo X Inventory Magazine

December 12, 2014

In celebration of Inventory Magazine Issue 11 Totokaelo hosted a party in our Men’s store on November 21st. Playing with monochromatic dressing, the Inventory team reimagined some of our favorite Fall collections from Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, and Haider Ackermann in this exclusive editorial.

Shop the selects from editorial below.


November 13, 2014

We sat down with ceramist Ian McDonald after his curated show at Totokaelo to better understand the daily life and work of contemporary artists.

TK — Why ceramics? When did that love affair begin?

IM — I started working in ceramics when I was pretty young, around 18 or so, and I worked as an apprentice to potters where I grew up. I was drawn to ceramics then from a general urge to make things and mostly from the point of view of a functional potter. I was gifted a potters wheel around that same time, and put it in my moms garage where I basically made cylinders and simple forms that I cut up and assembled in the patio. I was less apt to finish work then as I really just liked the work of it all and the searching for form. I sometimes think not much has changed.

TK — What glaze are you loving now?

IM — I don’t know if I’m loving any one glaze now, but I have been working with multiple light layers of glaze recently in order to get more depth in the surface without relying on too much glaze or refiring in order to get a rich surface. I have also been thinking a lot about how the clay behind the glaze affects the surface and glaze, so I have been working with different clays for different pieces.

TK — What’s your favorite piece in the show?

IM — That’s also difficult to answer in particular because I see most of my work in combination with others. In order to be efficient, ceramics to me is a kind of numbers game, where you make many pieces at the same time and in turn get results in bunches. I have been working more with the discrete object recently, but even those are made from multiple parts and a basic vocabulary of shared units around the studio. I’m happy with the extruded pieces as this is something I have been working through for years now, but was never satisfied enough to show them.

TK — Can you tell me something new you learned during the process of preparing for this show?

IM — I learned some technical things this time mostly in terms of joining clay with a slip recipe I had never used. The extruded and stacked pieces have created some pretty serious cracking problems due to too much tension between glaze and clay. Although this sounds like serious shop talk, these technical strategies can in some way take you to places conceptually.

TK — What’s it like being Ian McDonald?

IM — That’s a crazy question! I’m busy with the basics. Whispering in my one year old daughters ear about clouds and her Mom. Cleaning leaves and pine needles around the house.

View the collection, now online exclusively at Totokaelo

  • Pop-up event — Ian McDonald
  • Pop-up event — Ian McDonald
  • Pop-up event — Ian McDonald

Pop-up event — Ian McDonald

October 27, 2014

Ceramist Ian McDonald is presenting forty five new works this Saturday at Totokaelo. Ian will be available from noon to 7pm to answer questions and tell you his story.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Totokaelo have collaborated on another flavor. This one is boozy and and called the TK Mule. We’re launching in connection with Ian’s opening. Please join us from 5 to 8 pm and give it a whirl. It’s on us.

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  • Phillip Low
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Phillip Low

October 24, 2014

Beautiful from all angles — we just can’t stop staring at these new Phillip Low prism sculptures.

See all exclusive pieces on our Phillip Low page.

  • Canada Goose X wings + horns

Canada Goose X wings + horns

October 10, 2014

The Decade Parka is a 10-year commemoratory collaboration between two Canadian staple labels — wings + horns and Canada Goose.

Both practical and polished, this parka draws inspiration from classic military fishtail styling and features a tough waxed cotton shell, leather details, and a coyote fur hood to protect you from the elements this fall.

Available October 10th in store in Black or Olive.

Follow this link to view the collection.


October 01, 2014

A COMME des GARÇONS Pop-Up Shop in conjunction with our new ‘Buy More Art’ editorial is up now in our Seattle boutique.

View the editorial — Buy More Art

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August 22, 2014

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Team Selects — Liana, Sales Associate

August 20, 2014

For Fall, Liana selects pieces for men she is most drawn to — clothing that speaks not to conventionality, but instead to strong designer narrative and thoughtful craftsmanship.

1. Yohji Yamamoto Black Suspender Trouser

2. Rick Owens Black Hooded Cardigan

3. Dries Van Noten Black Hemple Sweatshirt

4. Acne Studios Dark Grey Adrian Hi Suede Sneaker

5. Rick Owens Black Cropped Easy Astaires

6. Haider Ackermann Ivory Sforza T-Shirt

7. Ann Demeulemeester Black Truth Button Up

8. Comme des Garcons SHIRT White Cotton Poplin Shirt

9. Comme des Garcons SHIRT Colorblock Baseball T-Shirt

Check out Liana’s selects and inspirations on our Pinterest page


July 17, 2014

Totokaelo has collaborated with COMPLEX Magazine on an exclusive editorial highlighting pieces from the A.P.C. KANYE collaborative collection, now available at Totokaelo.

“With each item so rooted in military inspiration, the shoot takes an unexpected path that uses the universally symbolic white flag as a motif to balance the collection’s narrative. The images allow for the details and quality craftsmanship of each item to come through in a series of monochromatic looks.”COMPLEX

Email or call us at +1 206 623 3582 to purchase A.P.C. KANYE.

SHOP A.P.C. online —


July 17, 2014

We are excited to present Kanye West’s final collaboration with A.P.C. — a capsule collection inspired by A.P.C. creative director Jean Touitou’s personal military archives in Paris.

Email or call us at +1 206 623 3582 for more information.

SHOP A.P.C. online —

  • Totokaelo x Rachel's Ginger Beer

Totokaelo x Rachel's Ginger Beer

July 11, 2014


Totokaelo x Rachel’s Ginger Beer = an exclusive flavor only available in store at Totokaelo.

Thanks Camp Doug for the bottle design!

Sunglasses Showcase

July 08, 2014

Totokaelo presents a showcase of our newest sunglasses at Totokaelo, alongside Signature favorites.

View our selection of sunglasses here

Celebrate Independence

July 03, 2014

Totokaelo celebrates independence by recognizing a few of our favorite independent thinkers. We’ve paired them with fashion that mirrors their influence.

YAYOI KUSAMA — the artistic polymath

The multimedia artist widely known as the “Queen of Polka Dots” never left home without them.

1. Hakusan by Mori Dotted Relief Pattern Mug

2. Hope Dot Scarf

3. Pierre Hardy Polka Dot High Top

4. Comme des Garcons Polka Dots Printed Wallet

5. Issey Miyake Dotted Pleather Pants

DAVID BOWIE — the chameleon rocker

Whether we’re talking about Hunky Dory, Ziggy, or dapper Bowie, these pieces all fall in line with the artist’s many fashion phases.

1. Acne Gibson Clean Jacket

2. Haider Ackermann Reversible Bomber

3. Dries Van Noten Block Floral Blazer

4. Rachel Comey Silver Solitaire Heel

5. Maison Martin Margiela Heel Replica Boot

PINA BAUSCH — the theatrical dancer

As a pioneer of modern experimental dance, Bausch’s style was consistent —drapey blacks, whites and Yohji Yamamoto.

1. Zero and Maria Cornejo Long Hara Dress

2. Rachel Comey Paloma Dress

3. Tienda Ho 11 Top

4. Rick Owens Lilies Short Sleeve Dress

5. Rick Owens D RK SH D W Rib Tank Dress

Images taken from a press release of Kusama’s 1964 “Driving Image” exhibition, a still from an appearance by Bowie on The Cher Show in 1975, and a photograph capturing a moment from Bausch’s performance of “Café Muller”.

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June 19, 2014

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