NEW YORK — Another home furnishings store has arrived in Tribeca, though there’s a merchandising twist to it.
The new Art et Maison store, in the landmark Merchant House at 31 North Moore Street not far from Urban Archaelogy, Donzella, Room and Stella, sells furniture, bedding and bath, tabletop and decorative objects along with lingerie and fragrances — all primarily Italian imports with limited distribution. It’s the first retail store developed by co-owners and co-chief executive officers Maria De Fillipis and Olga Sivkova. They previously sold imported leather accessories and clothing, cashmere sweaters, shearlings and home products — again, mainly from Italy — from a showroom on 57th Street and through trunk shows.
Brands include: Laura Tonatto fragrances; Verdissima Lingerie; Borelli pajamas, robes and boxers; Art et Cuoio leather accessories; Triangolo furniture; De Renaudin flatware; Carl Rotter Glassware, and olive oils from Silvano Marchetto. About 75 percent of the selling space in the 3,226-square-foot store is devoted to home products, 15 percent to intimate apparel and 10 percent to fragrances, home scents and other personal products. The store’s Bar Panini serves espresso, panini and pastries.
De Fillipis said she “conservatively” projects $2 million to $2.5 million in annual sales. “We’ve created our vision of what a room or home could look like, with all our products working together,” De Fillipis. “However, we have a different kind of mix due to the dynamics of the neighborhood. It’s become a magnet for home furnishings stores, but there are no intimate apparel shops.”
— David Moin