An Oasis of Peace in Manhattan
Zazen Bear flagship store opens in SoHo.
The everyday life we all lead is frenetic and overcome by millions of stimuli; there is never enough time or peace. Zazen Bear, a new Zen retail concept store at 497 Broome Street, wants to help New Yorkers find their moment of inner peace.
Through a carefully crafted collection of products that range from jewelry to home furnishing, Zazen Bear offers a unique retail experience that starts when entering the 2,400 sq. ft. store. Spread out on two floors, connected by an open staircase and a harmonious live-plant vertical garden, visitors are lead through the three interlocked circular rooms into a voyage of discovery and sensory exploration.
Inspired by the idea that everything and everybody is connected, each item is carefully crafted to evoke a sense of harmony, relaxation and tranquility when touched, worn or used to decorate the home. Incorporating precious materials like diamonds, sapphires, gold and silver the jewelry collection spans from the Connected Ring Series (starting at $213.00 to $354.00) designed to represent the connection of the mind and the universe where our inner self intersects with the world around us.
The Zazen bear monogram earrings featuring the iconic bear that represents harmony and inner peace (starting at $118.00 to $306.00); the Posey Bracelets of Balance, Meditation and Calm designed as a reminder to seek these three elements in the day (starting at $815.00); the Inner Stellar necklace a reminder to embrace the constellation of stars that represents our dreams and aspirations (starting at $538.00 to $931.00).
Zazen Bear wants to offer a 360° experience that creates a path from Zen to shopping by providing a sense of sanctuary and harmony that allows exploring through scent, texture and visuals. The lower level of the store is entirely dedicated to yoga and meditation for consumers and passersby in search of a moment of quiet but can also be used as a community center for art exhibits, events and screenings. Currently the lower level is hosting Zen and calligraphy paintings by Seiho.