147 Grand St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.720136 -73.999329
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Downtown
Smart little design boutique – I will pitch in and give this place an enthusiastic recommendation. This store is more like a 'boutique' because they carry artist's t-shirts and japanese pop culture products as well as books, plus an artists gallery. For designers, architects, and design junkies, Zakka carries all the latest releases, and stuff from Japan and Europe that you can't find anywhere else. About the owner being fussy, well, all I can is I sympathize because these are specialty books, in many cases collectors items, and I have seen these items trashed in other stores where they don't care..
i feel so sad for a good bookstore for having such a bad and mean owner. he will watch at you wherever you walk and whatever you pick up. he will jump out from the counter and arrange his stuffs with such an impolite manner. he will shout, "DON'T TOUCH" when you try to reach the book on the counter. i can't believe he's still be able to go on with his business!
design + art + japanese things – For what its meant to provide, Zakka is a very nice store. There are a few sections; one for t-shirts, one for books, and one for toys and other Japanese items. They have a large selection of books and some magazines about all different aspects of design. The t-shirts were nice too, but they didn't seem to have any sized for women. I would only say I didn't feel too comfortable browsing after reading a sign which said not to spend excessive time browsing for books, but it's understandable. I don't have much comment on the service, as there was only one person working there. This wouldn't be a good place to go if you're looking for value, but it's nice if you know what you're looking for (I happened to find a book I wanted) or just want a good book about design.
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