The Best Bet
Accessories are the understudies-become-stars of the current fashion season—an excellent turn of events for Tony Duquette, whose jewelry is just as exuberant as the Hollywood sets, interiors, furniture, and costumes he designed for five decades. Although he died in 1999 at 85, his business partner of three decades, Hutton Wilkinson, still makes pieces with the Duquette name and spirit. This bib-style necklace contains 62 Baroque South Sea pearls and 29 carats’ worth of diamonds, set in eighteen-karat white gold. It and other one-of-a-kind pieces are exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman. Warning: One-of-a-kind does not come cheap ($227,675; 754 Fifth Ave., nr. 57th St.; 212-753-7300).
Like Slipcovers, Except With Tile
Granite Transformations can fit a new stone- or glass-tile cover on existing countertops, backsplashes, and floors (there are three tile styles and a total of 23 colors). Pricing varies by material, but a typical small New York kitchen costs less than $3,000 including labor (Granite Transformations, 370 Paterson Plank Rd., Carlstadt, N.J.; 201-933-8500).
Broken In, Before You Put It On
Permanent Vacation’s men’s shirts are handmade and handwoven of 100 percent pima cotton that’s washed repeatedly, so each garment feels like it’s already been lovingly worn for several years ($195 to $250 at Camouflage, 139 Eighth Ave., at 17th St.; 212-741-5173).
An All-Weather Carryall That Looks Like Summer
The Ombré Weekend Tote from Coach is a capacious 1514 by 16 by 612 inches and made of a tie-dyed twill that is both water- and stain-resistant ($698; 595 Madison Ave., at 57th St.; 212-754-0041).
A Cotton Pad Unlike Any Other
In a price-inflated world, $16 is outrageous for 120 cotton squares. Clé de Peau’s pads, however, have silk fibers woven in, so they’re incredibly smooth and don’t leave wisps on your eyelashes (at the Clé de Peau counter at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St.; 212-753-4000).
Rubber Boots for the Anti-Cute Set
The Scottish company Hunter has brought out a redesign of a twenties boot that is perfect for women who want rain boots devoid of cutesy prints or neon colors. The Lady N has a fabric calf with a contrast rubber vamp, all in neutral, unobtrusive tones ($175 at San Francisco Clothing, 975 Lexington Ave., nr. 70th St.; 212-472-8740).