IN PREVIEW. Conservative Cape Cod totes, clutches, and shoulder strap bags done in bold stripes, patterns, and polka dots. Traditional heels ideal for weekend dress-up days and strolling around the office. Stationery and home accoutrements to flaunt Kate Spade lifestyle, reminiscent of ‘50s societal ideals—perfect mother, hostess, wife, woman.
Back in the summer of ’69, Gap sold just Levi’s, LPs, and tapes. 1969 was a long, long time ago. All growed up now, 3,000-plus location chain will hook you up with everything from bathing suits to bras, hoodies to hosiery. Bewildering array of jeans, but if you can master it, you just might find the perfect pair, at least for the few months before they wear out. Harlem claims its own outlet store right on 125th Street. Regular sales and quick turnover reward frequent visits. Just so long as you don’t mind looking like everyone else.
Eric Kayser puts New York in good standing with Paris, Tokyo, and Dubai by opening his 79th shop. Signature is the Baguette Monge—crusty on the outside, dense and oh-so-tasty on the inside. Bakery steers clear of chunky bird feed-style loaves (turmeric-infused Curcuma bread is exotic enough). Full menu of charcuterie and entreés featuring quiche Lorraine and roasted lamb. But oh, the baguette.
Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, couture shop was the fashion magnet of the ’30s, drawing stars from across Europe. Today, longed-for label is worn by icons like Michelle Obama, Kanye West, and Angelina Jolie. Pick up a pair of famous silver sneakers, or just admire designer Alber Elbaz’s fantastical windows. Triplex boutique is men’s only spin-off, down the block from the flagship. Bespoke tailoring service is available. Of course.
Conservative Cape Cod totes, clutches, and shoulder strap bags done in bold stripes, patterns, and polka dots. Traditional heels ideal for weekend dress-up days and strolling around the office. Stationery and home accoutrements to flaunt Kate Spade lifestyle, reminiscent of ‘50s societal ideals—perfect mother, hostess, wife, woman.
California phenom makes a home on the UES, where fashionable chicks can slap down a pair of twenties in exchange for fashion-model-quality locks. DryBar’s secret is that it keeps it simple. No cuts, no coloring, no aromatherapy (we hope), just washes and blowouts and you’re on your way to the bars and restaurants just a few stilettoed steps away. They call it a “Blow Dry Bar,” but there’s no booze, so bring your cosmo-filled thermos and get glam. That you’ll walk out with cash to spare is a fabulous bonus.
Relaxed and unfussy, Vince has perfected the put-together-without-trying approach to fashion. Denim and blazers in all-neutral tones to complete the look. Gals go for leather leggings and boy-sized T’s, and boys will have to make do with gawking: it’s womens only on the Upper East Side.
IN PREVIEW. With the contraction of Kate’s, more room for the expansion of this Chicago-based paperie. Chain’s been around since ’83, ready to help New Yorkers check off gift lists and get arty. Paper in every color of the rainbow, sourced form India to Italy. More craft ideas than an Etsy Meetup. Greeting cards galore, plus all the tools to DIY your holiday greetings. Wedding invitations so elegant your family will overlook the face tats on your betrothed.
Style hub for the sophisticated young woman. Most mature branch of the Urban Outfitters empire brings rural charm to retro looks. Floral patterns and costume jewelry well-matched to rustic home accents: pick up a frock and comfy sheets to match. Good place for the finishing touches on your first or second post-dorm abode.