The Hottest Trend in Russia? Brooklyn

  • The Calvert Journal

You know that old saying, “If it’s good enough for the Swedes, then it’s good enough for the Russians?” Well, you might not, but the point is, on the heels of this story about Brooklyn being the hottest trend in Sweden, there are now reports that similar, even hipper rumblings are afoot in Moscow.

And actually, this may not be much of a compliment. According to GQ Russia writer Michael Idov, Moscow residents are already all about imitating other cities like London (baaaarf), Rome (ugh) and Paris (just kill me). Nonetheless, let’s hear them out on this Brooklyn thing.

“What Moscow, or at least a certain key demographic within it, increasingly wants to be is Brooklyn,” writes Idov. “More specifically, Williamsburg […] Call it a response to the peculiar predicament of the creative class: too cool for the mass market, not rich enough for the luxury market, it has created an in-between micromarket whose one basic requirement is unscalability.”

In the case of Moscow, this has manifested itself in businesses like Chop-Chop, “a barbershop slavishly reproducing the Brooklyn aesthetic on both its walls and its customers’ heads,” its female equivalent called Annie Hall, and a third company called Paste and Brushes, which is devoted exclusively to the sale of “obscure toothpaste and toothbrush brands.”

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  1. This is really funny because as a Greenpointer, I am slavishly dedicated to the Soviet-era Russian aesthetic. All hail the Motherland, right? but on a more serious note, isn’t there some store on N. 6th that sells uncomfortable Soviet-era chairs (currently worth less than garbage in Russia) for absurd amounts? Someone fact check me on this.

  2. Soviet-era chairs? Heard there was a store on Berry that sells Nazi-era German aesthetic duvets and chaise lounges, too. Maybe that’s more your style, you senseless asshat.