- Thomas Sires
243 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St. 646-692-4472
There’s a bit of a Colette-meets-Muji feel, with wares both slick and silly, at this Nolita boutique. Former Loeffler Randall designers Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires traveled to Japan and France, amassing a Franco-Japanese inventory of clothing, toys, home knickknacks, and other trinkets, before opening the store this winter. Prices start at $4 for cheery Japanese erasers and top out at $880 for Alyssa Norton’s metallic leather and mixed-metal necklaces. But most items hover in the $20 to $75 range, making this a go-to for engagement, shower, and hostess giftables. Plus wrapping is free—not to mention beautiful, in Japanese prints and neon ribbon.
Best Gifts for Women
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).