More Malin+Goetz in Store


Between their popular Cannabis candle and a brand-new mojito lip moisturizer, it’s always a party in the world of cult skincare and perfume line Malin+Goetz. As of today, there’s even more to celebrate: the opening of their second New York City shop (the first one’s in Chelsea), on the Upper West Side. Once a Dominican barber shop on 82nd and Amsterdam, the enterprising pair of Andrew Goetz and Matthew Malin have put their signature clean-lined stamp on the 400-square-foot space.

With help from architect Craig Konyk, they’ve kept the original sign outside (“La Gran Esquina Barbershop”) and inside have created an elegant mash-up of original features (the tin ceiling) and inventive additions (displays in the shape of an oculus). And there’s lots of wood paneling, salvaged from an estate on Long Island, to give the space a little gravitas, because, as Goetz points out with a wink, “The Upper West Side is very bourgeois.” He should know-he grew up partially in the area, so he’s especially happy about the brand’s new proximity to the likes of Zabars and Barney Greengrass.

Expensive nova aside, Malin and Goetz, the people behind the brand, have a lot on their collective plates. There’s a new store in Osaka, launches in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Netherlands, along with the premiere of five products, including two fragrances and new hair care. So how does the pair stay sane during the inevitable  “comedy of errors” that was the new New York store’s build-out? “We don’t get distraught when something doesn’t turn out the way we planned,” says Goetz. “It’s an evolution, and we love the idea of experimenting.” And if you happen to get your hands on that Cannabis candle? As Goetz advises, “Make sure you have a bag of chips and something sweet around when you light it.”

The new Malin+Goetz is located at 455 Amsterdam Ave, New York.