Mark C. O'Flaherty, The Daily Telegraph, June 26, 2013
One of the world's great shopping destinations, New York has an abundance of terrific shops and boutiques but to discover its best addresses you need help from a local. Here four renowned New Yorkers share their pick of the city's most special shops.
Arts and culture shops: Suzanne Geiss
Suzanne Geiss has been a luminary in the Manhattan contemporary art field for nearly two decades. After managing the estate of Keith Haring and founding the Art Parade with gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, she founded her own gallery in SoHo, The Suzanne Geiss Company, in March 2012.
Karma Books on Great Jones Street is a publisher and bookstore owned by Brendan Dugan, specialising in contemporary art, architecture, counter culture, philosophy, photography, and graphic design. I often work with Brendan on the publications we create for our shows. His design firm, An Art Service, has an aesthetic that is clearly manifested in the Karma shop – modern, clean and understated.
Karma Books , 39 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
+1 (917) 675-7508
Located on Crosby Street, De Vera is the place to go if you're looking for something simply about beauty. The gallery shop is a curated selection of Venetian glass, ivory carvings, rare brooches, antique jewellery and precious gemstones, including Sardinian coral and baroque pearls.
De Vera, 1 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
Emily Thompson Flowers
Emily has an exquisite eye for mixing the delicacy of untouched organic nature with ornamental design. I surround the gallery and my home with her bouquets, which often use unconventional florals like wild smilax, potato plants, ferns, and acanthus plants. Her arrangements have even graced the White House.
Emily Thompson Flowers, 57 Jay Street, N°1A, Brooklyn, NY 11201
+1 (347) 529-5145
Artists Space: Books & Talks
Image: Daniel Pérez
Artists Space: Books & Talks is a non-profit cultural centre that's been a site of exceptional and provocative exhibitions. Founded in 1972 in downtown Manhattan, it's an essential part of the neighbourhood. The space on Walker Street includes a great bookstore – they put together excellent portfolios of limited-edition artworks to raise funds for their programming.
Artists Space: Books & Talks, 38 Greene St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013
55 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013
+1 (212) 226-3970
Design shops: David Ashen
Ashen heads up dash design, an interiors company that specialises in super stylish, high-end hotel, retail and restaurant interiors. He is currently working on the redesign of The Lexington Hotel in Manhattan, with art curated by ex-Andy Warhol cohort and publisher Paige Powell.
The Future Perfect
The Future Perfect is my go-to shop for furniture and objects. There are two locations in New York, but I prefer the original, smaller location in Williamsburg, the centre of “hipster” culture. From the latest Mathew Hilton sofa to a quirky, and slightly naughty, Mark McGinnis series of prints which put a new spin on those childhood alphabet cards, it’s packed with interesting and unexpected products.
The Future Perfect , 115 North 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
+1 (718) 599 6278
Brook Farm General Store
Another Brooklyn must-see – although you have to look hard to find it. Brook Farm is a throwback to a time when simpler things were appreciated. They have the most amazing collection of enamelware, from cups to cookware, as well as my favourite selection of brushes. (Who knew brushes could be so sensual?) I can’t live without their sea-salt soap.
Brook Farm General Store , 75 South 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
+1 (718) 388 8642
One of the freakiest “maison et objets” stores I know. It’s hard to find, with its vintage storefront, but you’ll be enchanted by the collection of “stuff” inside. They are known for their handmade glass objects, but I prefer the bronze chicken feet – a good luck housewarming gift for any friend. I have a few pairs myself. Or maybe you want an anatomically correct silver human heart?
Swallow , 361 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
+1 (718) 222 8201
I have designed probably 100 Godiva stores around the world, but my favourite chocolatier is Mast Brothers. The shop design is pure, simple, and telegraphs the philosophy of the owners who are passionate about handcrafting chocolate. The shop is an open factory where you can see hipsters in beards roasting cocoa beans and extracting the best chocolate from around the world.
Mast Brothers , 111 North 3rd St, Brooklyn, N1
+1 (718) 388 2625
Culinary shops: David Chang
Korean-American chef David Chang founded the hugely successful momofuku group of restaurants in New York and has an obsessive foodie following for his steamed pork buns at Momofuku Ssam Bar and cereal milk ice cream at Momofuku Milk Bar. He also edits the cult, irreverent food magazine Lucky Peach, which he launched in 2011.
Kitchen Arts & Letters
This is the largest specialty cookbook store in the United States, possibly in the whole world. The staff is very knowledgeable about food and beverage literature. They'll even help you track down out-of-print books, if for some reason you can't find what you're looking for in their extensive collection. I could spend hours here just looking through the shelves.
Kitchen Arts & Letters , 1435 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
+1 (212) 876 5550
This place is like Disneyland for chefs. They have any sort of equipment, knives, pots, and pans you could possibly want. They also carry china and glassware, so you could fit out a whole restaurant in one stop. The new location of Bowery Kitchen is inside Chelsea Market, so I recommend spending the whole day in the area eating, shopping, and enjoying the High Line.
Bowery Kitchen , 88 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
+1 (212) 376 4982
There are dozens of great independent bookstores in New York, but The Strand is the one that you can't miss. They claim to have over 18 miles of books, including a section devoted to New York chefs and restaurants, and their Rare Book Room is definitely worth checking out. It's also the best place to pick up unique souvenirs and postcards. The Strand hosts author discussions and book signings almost daily, so check their website for events before you head over.
The Strand , 828 Broadway, New York, NY 100003-4805
+1 (212) 473 1452
Zabar's food shop and deli is a New York tradition and one of the oldest family businesses in the city, started over 75 years ago by Louis and Lillian Zabar. They're most famous for their bagels, smoked salmon, and coffee, but you can also find an array of gourmet foods and kitchen appliances in their flagship store located in the Upper West Side.
Zabar’s , 2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
+1 (212) 787 2000
Fashion, style and accessories shops: Deborah Lloyd
Formerly of Burberry and Banana Republic, Deborah Lloyd is president & chief creative officer of kate spade new york . The label is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013 and currently has over 80 stores and outlets in the US and over 100 stores internationally.
Showplace Antique + Design Center
I can lose myself for a few hours here - and definitely lighten up my wallet. The antique galleries have a mixture of different vendors with amazing vintage costume jewelry, mid-century furniture, and unique lighting fixtures. There are three floors of treasures to explore. It’s always a great destination when I am in need of an inspirational fix.
Showplace Antique + Design Center , 40 W25th Street, New York NY 10010
+1 (212) 633 6063
I have always loved visiting the original outpost of Jeffrey in the Meat Packing District – this is where it all started. The shop is spacious and airy. I can always depend on Jeffrey for an amazing shoe selection. Womenswear and menswear labels include Thom Browne, Rick Owens and Valentino.
Jeffrey , 449 W14th Street, New York NY 10014
+1 (212) 206 1272
A girl can dream. This store has vintage and antique jewellery at its best, from the Georgian era to the mid-20th century - these pieces have tales to tell! Since we've opened a new flagship store on Madison Avenue, I have been spending a lot of time uptown. Fred Leighton happens to be right down the street, and I always find moments to slip away and admire the beauty of the sumptuous pieces in the window.
Fred Leighton , 773 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10065
+1 (212) 288 1872
Every piece here is perfectly curated [including clothing by Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, T by Alexander Wang; and jewellery by Tom Binns]. It is a great boutique to see the best looks and pieces of the season. You have to be quick here – you see it, love it, and buy it!
Kirna Zabete , 477 Broome Street, New York NY 10013
+1 212 941 9656
Suzanne Geiss portrait courtesy of Matthu Placek; David Chang portrait courtesy of Gabriele Stabile