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Christian Louboutin in the Meatpacking District

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Apparently the meatpacking district’s retail space isn’t quite exhausted—Christian Louboutin’s sexy red soles join the crowd on December 13 (59 Horatio St., at Greenwich St.). The new store is no bigger than the pint-size uptown branch, but caters to a younger, funkier clientele with firecracker-red carpets, Lucite shelves, and ornate eighteenth-century picture frames for handbag display. Highlights include neon wedges with pink metallic straps ($595), cork platforms with linen straps ($650), and linen peep-toe pumps with lizard trim ($930).

If you’ve ever watched a video by P. Diddy or Nas, you’ve seen Jacob & Co. the Jeweler’s watches and chains (and maybe even Jacob Arabo himself). On December 13, the official jeweler to hip-hop’s elite takes up residence around the corner from Fortunoff (48 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-719-5887). The townhouse space is packed with Jacob’s signature five-time-zone watches, ranging from $7,100 for a plain bezel to $83,500 for a 23-carat-diamond one. Gaudiness is in abundance (especially, no doubt, in the extensive VIP area), but classier pieces include simple diamond chains, earrings, and bracelets.

And Catriona MacKechnie’s luxurious lingerie store opens on December 17 (400 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-242-3200). It will carry pieces from designers like MaxMara, Strumpet & Pink, and Alberta Ferretti (the average price for a bra is $200). MacKechnie also does personal knicker fittings.


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