6 at 77th St.
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This venue is closed.
London-based designer Allegra Hicks is unapologetic about—but famous for—her love of loud-patterned beachwear. Walking into her Upper East Side store in the dead of winter (or for that matter, in any other season) may leave you aching for a Caribbean getaway, where her collection of bikinis, beige pants, and gauze ponchos with floral prints would make perfect sense. Throughout her signature swirls and eccentric patterns is a dependable color palette. Virtually everything in the store—including the cocktail dresses, handbags and sandals—falls into one of three categories: a beige-black pairing, varying shades of green and turquoise, or reds that range from candy apple to burgundy. The only exception comes during the fall and winter, when the pieces take on richer, darker hues and heavier materials. Her husband, architect Ashley Hicks, designed the space and all its furniture, though his burgeoning brand of home accessories is only available at the London location. (Knickknacks at the New York outpost are limited to items like pencil- and candle-holders and dark wood frames.) The store also stocks a shelf of miniature kaftans and tiny tunics for the kids, perfect for a tropical vacation—or at least a day at the beach.