STORE SPOTLIGHT: THE HOP on Elizabeth St., NYC

(Photo from Shopikon)

(Photo from Shopikon)

A blurry photo of Vince, Ted, and Mr. Nasserbakht (taken by me)

A blurry photo of Vince, Ted, and Mr. Nasserbakht (taken by me)

A nice picture of all the Nasserbakht gentlemen (from the Hop website)

A nice picture of all the Nasserbakht gentlemen (from the Hop website)

The proximity of Father's Day has prompted me to finally write a little something up about one of my favorite shops, The Hop (aka The Sock Hop – the name has recently been adjusted to reflect that there is much more than socks there – their specialty is custom shirts!), located at 248 Elizabeth Street in NYC. Mr. Nasserbakht's father and grandfather were both custom shirtmakers (you can watch a short video talking about this here), and he has taught his sons this special skill as well. The Hop specializes in custom shirts for men and women and also has its own line of beautiful men's and women's ready-to-wear shirts (and there is a particularly pretty blue-and-white striped shirtdress I have been admiring). And they have quite a sock selection!

When the store opened back in 2010, several of my friends told me about it (knowing of my sock passion) – it is definitely the go-to place in NY for fine hosiery (NY Times reporter Jon Caramanica referred to it as the "Bergdorf Goodman of foot sheathing" :). So it was quite an honor, then, two years ago, when I showed Vince my first collection of socks, that he was interested in stocking some of them in this lovely store! They are all so nice to do business with, and the Hop is such a special family store. (And they also have an extensive record collection!) When you're in the SoHo/Little Italy area next, I highly recommend stopping by.

Happy Father's Day in advance, everyone!