78 Grand St.
New York, NY 10013
212 343 7425
loopymango [at] yahoo.com
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:00am to 7:00pm // Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm
For updates follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr (knitting & yarn blog), Blogspot (general store blog), Instagram. About the team.
When Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher met in a fabric painting class at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, little did they know that they were about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lives. Later that year, in the fall of 2004, they founded Loopy Mango in a tiny storefront on Avenue B in the East Village.
Very soon Waejong's crocheted creations were noticed by an Elle magazine editor and they were featured in New York Fashion News section. Phone calls started pouring in from all over the world and they even received a book proposal from Quarto Publishing in London which resulted in the publication of “Crochet Jewelry: 40 Beautiful and Unique Designs" by Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher. But the duo was too loopy to stay put in their East Village store. They decided to venture across the Brooklyn Bridge and moved the store to a much bigger space in DUMBO. Brooklyn's DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood had always been a destination for artists and designers and seemed like a perfect fit for Loopy Mango. Business boomed. But then the recession came. Instead of scaling down, Anna and Waejong decided to do the opposite. In the spring of 2010 they gambled it all and undertook a move back to the city, this time to SoHo where they took over a 2,000 square foot space in the historic cast iron district.
Following a rather dismal time period and recession-fueled economy, Loopy Mango, along with other independent shops in SoHo, have sought a home in an area previously only reserved for high-fashion retailers or nation-wide department store outlets. In January of 2011, Loopy Mango launched a dedicated space for yarns, knitting and crocheting which lead to a release of the first collection of "All-in-one Knitting kits - Haute Couture in a Bag" later that year.
Situated in 2000 square feet on 78 Grand Street, Loopy Mango boasts a brilliantly restored space and showroom which features original wood paneling and exposed brick. The interior structure is defined by recycled yellow pine barn board which lines the ceiling and reclaimed bead board from a school in upstate New York. Original 1880 Victorian shutters enclose four dressing rooms and are complemented by a tin ceiling detail. Continuing through the boutique to the backroom, one is greeted by a 15-foot skylight and purpose-built partition encased by replica ionic roman columns. The interior of the space was designed and built by Waejong and her husband, Eric Schultz, an antiques dealer from Massachusetts. The two met at the Hell's Kitchen flea market where Waejong and Anna were shopping for antiques for their store.
Waejong is the creative force behind everything. She has a German Shepherd named Loopy and an orange cat named Mango. She likes to dress up Loopy in Victorian clothing. Her favorite color is pink. Waejong is very loopy.
Anna is the driving force behind everything. She drives everyone crazy. Her favorite color is red. She is Russian after all. Anna doesn't have a dog. Nor a cat. But she is totally loopy.
Today Loopy Mango is a boutique where anyone can find anything; a space for exploring; a place for creating; and an experience for everyone. Loopy Mango features a curated collection which ranges from home goods and furniture to antiques and textiles, gifts and specialty yarns. The owners will welcome you to a treasure chest of trinkets and discoveries; the ultimate goal is to combine old and new to create something truly timeless.
Prop rentals are available. Please contact us for rental rates as well as any other questions. We will respond to your query within 24 hours.