176 Franklin St.
(bet. Hudson and Greenwich)

In 2011, after 25 years of designing jewelry, Yoshinobu Kataoka founded his own company, Kataoka, and opened a 600-square-foot Tokyo store. Now he has chosen Tribeca for a second outpost, and while the former Gary Graham boutique on Franklin Street is larger, there’s not much more in the way of merchandise. The store is extremely spare, with a only half dozen vitrines. The idea is to be more of a museum or gallery. The exposed flaws in the brick wall and facade glass have been left as elements of wabi-sabi, and the store is also a model of discretion, with plants blocking the front window and no signage, at least for now. All the better to emphasize the jewelry, which is handmade to order in Japan, with a four-to-six-week lead time. Most of the business is rings, but there are also necklaces, bracelets, earrings, objets d’art (including a marvelous hand-shaped incense holder and a pretty little bonsai), and a custom Blaise Mautin scented candle.