WANT Les Essentiels opens its first global boutique in heart of the New York City’s West Village.
Curated by co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart, the space draws guests into a beautiful townhouse, designed to resemble the layout of one’s home. Light shines through grand floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the boutique’s first-floor “living room,” which houses the complete WANT Les Essentiels accessories collection. The adjacent room, the “wardrobe,” expands into men’s and women’s apparel, including the WANT Les Essentiels footwear collection. Guests continue their journey into the “tearoom,” where they are invited to pause for tea as they peruse the carefully edited selection of essential tools for living.
Architecture is central to the WANT Les Essentiels brand and, just like its products, both the building itself and materials chosen for its interior exude timelessness. European mid-century furnishings, American minimal art, and eclectic worldly treasures accent the house while highlighting the building’s historic features. Magnificent domed windows and sloping archways create a dynamic ambiance; black and white elements throughout the space parallel the duality that underlies the brand’s philosophy.
“Our brand has always spoken to an inherent sense of discovery and community,” says Byron and Dexter. “The way we live our lives, traveling between Montreal and New York, we have come to value permanence and a strong connection to something familiar. With this boutique, we wanted to create an environment that feels comfortable, honest and at peace.”