268 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 212-380-7970
Paris-bred owner Stephanie von Watzdorf was designing for Tory Burch before she launched her own, more literal take on jet-set style: one where the largely one-of-a-kind goods are sourced from around the globe. At her narrow shop framed by a Moorish archway, shimmery Moroccan wedding blankets (from $800) pile up near racks of embellished vintage military jackets (from $1,300), which are hand-beaded with snakes and other talismans by South Indian artisans. Scattered throughout are wads of affordable jewelry and accessories, often with a philanthropic connection, ranging from hand-knotted rope bracelets that say Klahan (“brave”) in solid-brass Khmer script ($38)—each sale provides a new fair-trade job in Cambodia— to India-made, flying-elephant-emblazoned canvas totes ($65); 30 percent of the profits goes toward wildlife protection.
Best Haute Souk
From the 2014 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).