by Stephen Garner

Montreal-based travel accessories brand Want Les Essentiels has opened its first global boutique in New York City on Saturday, October 10. The new store will also feature carefully selected essential finds from brands across fashion, home and accessories, including Tomorrowland, Commes des Garçons Forever, Aspesi, and Casely-Hayford, as well as Byredo, Carl Auböck and Paper & Tea.

Curated by co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart, the space, located in the heart of the West Village, 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.

“Our brand has always spoken to an inherent sense of discovery and community,” said Byron and Dexter in a joint statement. “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.”