strangely i didnt find new york as exciting for shopping as i usually do – the bad effect of internet is that you can practically get anything you want from anywhere in the world. what i do like is visiting the small independent shops – more for their interior styling and displaying rather than for their goods – what they are very good at is creating a look.
some interesting shops
still house – ceramics gifts
flirt – vintage style clothes made with a bit of fun, lovely fabrics, and affordable; lovely accesories for gifts too.
stock vintage – high end vintage clothes for men, felt like you were on a set of butch cassidy and the sundance kid – beautiful shirts, jeans in a beautiful shop
however just across the road metropolis vintage is more affordable, especially for the teenage boy
catbird in brooklyn for gifts – worth a train ride across to bedford avenue because younger and very similar to going east in london.
kiehls for face products for any problems – i know that you can get kiehls anywhere, but this original store on 3rd avenue is worth a visit.
barneys, small enough to not feel overawed – great during sale time – i managed to find a pair of chloe shoes at a third of the original price.
crate and barrell for great white cotton waffle hand towels/posh tea towels and a good range of basic tablewear – similar to conran/habitat
abc home for more gift type home stuff, beautiful ceramic plates and bowls, pricey but more special and individual
canvas homestore for lovely home goods
i love book shops – especially small independent ones. i have noticed recently that there are more and more individual bookshops opening, especially specialising in photography and art and special editioned books. some books are becoming like art – collectors pieces. dashwood books in new york has a beautiful and unique books, you could spend hours in there.
stroll down Elizabeth Street and take a look at the lovely old interiors that have been scrubbed, but kept like the original dairy or butcher shops that they were. Me and ro jewellery has lovely pieces, and steve alan is worth a look in (think margaret howell).
and finally in soho Peter Hermann for a lovely selection of leather wallets and purses on 118 Thompson Street, Vesuvio Bakery on 160 Prince Street, with its organic cakes and savoury snacks housed in an old original bakery . R by 45rpm on 169 Mercer Street, selling beautiful fine cotton garments and denim, this Japanese shop is also beautifully designed. Kisan, on Queen Street is a lovely girly shop selling French clothes and accesories . Global table on 107 – 109 Sullivan street is a wonderful personal collection of vessels, vases, tableware – its just gorgeous and you wont be able to resist buying a little jug or bowl. Dosa on 107 Thompson Street sells beautiful delicate silk dresses and separates with tiny prints and pastel colours.