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Retrostyle: A Day in the Thirties


Wake mid-morning and turn on your Emerson radio ($250 at Waves; 212-273-9616) or listen to the era’s swing and jazz on Radio Dismuke ( Start smoking Lucky Strikes, if only to use your freestanding Warren McArthur ashtray ($1,200 at Lost City Arts; 212-375-0500). Peruse your collection of pochoirs (fashion sketches from the thirties) ($250 each at Paris Apartment; 917-749-5089) to ensure you dress perfectly à la mode.

Settle on a chiffon dress ($650 at Cherry; 212-924-5188) and head to Tease, where Troye Evers will set your hair in finger waves ($55 and up; 212-979-8327).

Work up an appetite with a swing-dancing lesson at Hop Swing and a Jump ($90 for six classes; 212-255-7946), then stop at Eisenberg’s sandwich shop for a lime rickey and a pastrami sandwich ($1.75 and $7.50; 212-675-5096).

On the way uptown, flip through the glorious first edition of Jerome Zerbe’s El Morocco Family Album ($2,500 at Coconuts; 212-539-1940). Once at the Whitney, spend the afternoon soaking up the Edward Hopper show (till December 31); don’t miss his iconic Early Sunday Morning or New York Movie, which perfectly depicts the city’s moody vibe.

By now you need a cocktail. Go home to your gleaming, custom-made Jules Leleu buffet stocked with Christofle cocktail shakers ($45,000; $400 to $600 each at Antiqueria Tribeca; 212-227-7500) and ruby-red glasses ($12 each at Mr. Pink; 646-486-4147). Fix a Manhattan for you and your date, who has arrived smelling of Michelsen’s Bay Rum cologne ($24 at Caswell-Massey; 212-755-2254) in a thirties three-piece suit ($225, at Cherry; 212-924-1410) and fedora ($150 at JJ Hat Center; 212-239-4368).

Take a car uptown to view a shamefully unknown Art Deco wonder: the Loew’s 175th Street (212-568-6700), now a church and music venue. And then get your evening going at the splendid, zebra-striped Lenox Lounge (212-427-0253). Finish off at Employees Only (212-242-3021), where mixologists will serve you a White Lady (gin, Cointreau, lemon juice) to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, on December 5.

Deco Bracelets

With their old European cuts and intricate designs, Deco pieces from the thirties have always been sought after. Lately, thanks to greater exposure on Hollywood’s red carpets and diminishing inventory, these pieces are rising in value yet again and are being seen as solid long-term investments. Instead of simply being prized for their jewels, “they’re now being looked at as small works of art,” says Lisa Hubbard, chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry North and South America. A diamond-and-onyx “Russian Winter” bracelet from Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels” December 6 New York sale, for example, would have been valued around $30,000 to $40,000 ten years ago—it’s now estimated at $150,000 to $200,000.


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