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Finch: A New Nest in Hudson

finch“I remember being in our kitchen and it was a really cold winter, and I thought, ‘What the hell have we just done?’” Andrew Arrick remembers, as he surveys his seven-week-old Hudson shop, Finch. A fashion refugee turned small town shop-keep, Arrick once ran top fashion houses like Yves Saint-Laurent, Celine, Carolina Herrera, and, most recently, Vera Wang. “We are not the type of people to sit and wait for something to happen.”

While the “something” he is referring to is one of Warren Street’s newest and most eye-catching additions — a 1,500-square-foot emporium filled with high-style home furnishings and lifestyle finds — the “we” is his partner of 17 years, Michael Hofemann, a man who spent the last ten years as COO of a top marketing company.

Finch is the next phase of their colorful lives, the end result of years in fashion and marketing that have shaped their super discriminating sights. The two sold their Elle-Décor-featured Williamsburg Brooklyn loft and relocated to their weekend farm near Tivoli, NY, to take on the store, properly called in full Finch: Life Curated.

“Curated” might be a tad highfalutin sounding, but in Arrick and Hofemann’s case, it is apt. Together, they offer a personal, well-culled take on luxury modern goods. “This is how we live,” Arrick says. “We mix the old and the new.” Finch Finch’s founders have taken a luxurious, eclectic Colette (the holy grail of Paris boutiques) vibe and combined it with a seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman rich elegance to foster a blend of high- and low-end treasures. There are, to start, items like Astier de Villatte candles ($75); John Derian’s colorful objects ($46 & up); Coral and Tusk’s playful pillows and tea towels ($72 & up); a bit of Chelsea-worthy art by local artist Jim Oliveira ($1,500 & up); and an Arne Jacobsen sofa ($7,800). All take up space with a repurposed apothecary cabinet, 18th Century botanical prints, one-of-a-kind Parisian antiques, and an English Regency table. “Everything is for sale,” Hofemann says. Even the items within their own 1800’s farmhouse. “We’ve already sold many of the display pieces we opened with,” Arrick interjects. “I’ll canvass our house for things to put in the shop when we get home. My dad’s an antiques dealer, and when I would come home from college I’d ask him where something went and he’d respond with, ‘Everything is for sale.’ And now I’m the same. It’s hard to get attached to anything. We love it all so much, but it’s not hard to part with when another beautiful thing will be right behind it.”

Along with Finch’s inspiring vignettes creating various salons of elegant tranquility and comfort, the store promises a constantly evolving selection of vintage pieces from the Paris furniture shows they scour, the Brooklyn craftsmen they find, and closer-to-home Hudson artisans such as Jules Anderson and Grain. While Rural Intelligence was getting a peek at their chic space, interior design maven Bunny Williams stuck her head in for a quick minute.

finch hudsonFinch has a playful side, with wonderfully mossed gardens objects, a smattering of must-have cookbooks from Smitten Kitchen to Bouchon, as well as cult beauty items from the hard-to-find Aesop label ($14 & up), Ursa Major ($24 & up), Patio Oil, and Outscent by Jao Brand from Brooklyn ($32 & up), who also makes an amazing mineral-rich Goe Oil. “We can’t keep it in stock!” exclaims Hofemann. Each of these is sold and displayed behind a custom-made wood and glass cabinet that, although off to the side, is a much frequented focal point of the room.
The Arrick/Hofemann roles aren’t necessarily interchangeable, but simpatico; it’s this yin and yang that balances the store. “I’ll just move it later,” Arrick says almost self soothingly while he watches Hofemann place a new bowl and pitcher on display; Hofemann mirrors his sentiment, saying from across the room, “I know you’ll just move this, but I think it works.” While sales filter in and out, a quick conversation about rocks versus high ball glasses ensues, ending with Hofemann rolling his eyes and laughing off Arrick’s impeccable attention to detail. “Michael is amazing. I could never do all the back end things he can. He was the CFO of a fifty-million-dollar company, so he understands what it takes to do all of this.”

Arrick muses, “We aren’t doing this as a way to just be up here and retire. Our goal is to get this up and running and then see what else gets rolling. I’ve opened multiple stores for major fashion houses around the world, and in the future I’d be more than open to the idea of more Finches, if the opportunity presented itself.” So it seems that their Hudson perch is more of a starting place than a resting point.

FINCH: life curated
613 Warren Street
Hudson, New York
(518) 828-3430

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