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3x1 Made Here custum denim store in New York City.

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New York - Denim duds are made to measure at designer Scott Morrison's new SoHo factory-cum-retail space. Occupying more than 7,000 square feet on Mercer Street, 3x1 Made Here is more than just a place to pick up fancy jeans. Shoppers can look on as a team of in-house seamstresses cut and sew each pair by hand in the onsite factory. Choose from two basic categories: Limited Edition (ready-to-wears that only require hemming) and Custom Made (sewn from a selection of existing patterns, 106 different denim fabrics and customizable hardware). The focus is on quality, not quantity. Less than 25 pieces are produced daily, which means you'll have to get there early to place your order (the store is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Morrison and his head pattern maker reserve Monday and Tuesdays for clients who'd prefer private fittings, which can be commissioned for upward of $1,200 (U.S.) a pair.


Hamburg - Tipping its hat to the city's nautical past, 25hours Hotel HafenCity is built for travellers who are into quirky concept hotels. In the heart of HafenCity, a once seedy neighbourhood that's Europe's largest urban-renewal project, the property features a check-in desk that looks like wooden shipping crates. The 170 cabin-style suites have rope ladders that double as shelves, and log books that tell the seafaring stories of bona fide mariners. Guests can spin Beatles LPs in the Vinyl Room, while those who want to spend their free time fiddling with newer technology can hop on iMacs and Skype booths in the Radio Room. The best complimentary perk, however, is the fleet of bikes and BMW MINIs that are on hand for city outings. Opening rates are $133 a night until Aug. 14.

Special to The Globe and Mail