If you’re just starting to think about holiday shopping, or need a little inspiration, there has never been a better time to support New York small businesses. Many artists and designers have been adversely affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and they, like so many, need our support right now. Here, a rundown of where to find something superb for everyone on your list.
Alejandra Alonso Rojas
Madrid-born, New York-based designer Alejandra Alonso Rojas‘s emerging line features the ultimate gift for your special someone: the Carola Camel Coat, which is reversible with soft leather shearling, in the perfect shade of camel or powder blue.
Sustainability never looked so good. Ansea’s Bucket bag made from yulex, a plant-based certified natural rubber, is both sustainable and vibrantly beautiful. It’s a newfound staple for anytime of day.
Batsheva just opened her shop on Grand street, and is encouraging other small businesses to stay open and keep going! Her shop features an installation by artist Agathe Snow, along with everything from lame oven mitts to her newly launched Throne chair.
Designer Jamie Wolf was a dancer with the New York City ballet prior to launching her namesake line, and her feminine aesthetic appears in each detail of her collection. Her Pearl and Diamond Hoops would make for a most luxurious stocking stuffer this year.
Fragrance can transport us to a place in time or a cherished memory. DS&Durga, a much-loved New York perfumer, just opened a location in Williamsburg. While there this holiday season, check out the brand’s Portable X-Mas tree scent, which is only available for a limited time.
Bliss Lau’s jade collection is all about celebrating loved ones, and her Conscious pendant necklace, cut from Australian black jade, is designed to protect those who wear it.
Made from velvet in the perfect shade of red, Nicky Hilton’s Eloise Loafers are the ultimate, cozy indulgence.
Comme des Garçons
If culture is what you crave, head to the Comme des Garçons store in Chelsea. Opened in 1999 and designed by Rei Kawakubo, “the store is the purest expression of the essence of the values of CDG.”
Aurora James’s impeccably designed Greenpoint store is open nearly every day, making it easy for visitors to peruse her label, Brother Vellies.
Head to Madison Avenue for the softest stripes in NYC. La Ligne, founded by Meredith Melling, Valerie Macaulay, and Molly Howard, is the WFH essential you’ll want to wear right now.
This lounge set from the newly launched Cara Cara makes us to feel like we are on an endless holiday. Designed to be worn as a set or as separates, the citrus print will no doubt bring a smile to your face.
If a rainbow explosion or delectable cake pop is on your shopping list, step inside the rainbow wonderland of Flourshop. Founder Amirah Kassem has built an empire of joy out of her delicious cakes, filled with sweet surprises.
Thinking about what to wear this NYE? Look no further—Galvan’s ultra-90’s chic silhouettes will make you the life of the party, whether you’re at home or at a socially-distanced gathering. This white, silk Julianne suit works for day or night. It can also be styled with a heel or a favorite pair of trainers from the mecca of sneakers, KITH. Both shops are located in Soho and a short walk from each other.
Given how much time everyone has been spending padding around the house, these Loeffler Randall slippers are a must have this year. The brand, which was founded in 2004 by husband and wife duo Jessie and Brian, is known for its distinctive products, crafted in small, considered batches with attention to every detail.
Paloroma, created by Jane Keltner de Valle and her husband Giancarlo, provides clean skincare for little ones. Made in the USA, these products are a breath of fresh air and make a great gift.
Inspired by her work in Japan and Oaxaca, Simone Bodmer-Turner’s ceramic pieces are designed to emphasize the power of negative space, and are heavily influenced by the bridged, multi-necked forms of Meso-American stirrup vessels. Her studio in Brooklyn is currently open, by appointment only.
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