A Giftable Stash of Leather, Cashmere, and Bronze Accessories at Pastec


After more than twenty years in business, Sara Spinelli shuttered her Soho accessories shop this past spring. Apart from the ever-climbing rent, the longtime New Yorker felt a change in the feel of the neighborhood. "There used to be so much individuality," she says. "Now it's a big shopping mall." Spinelli reopened in the East Village earlier this summer, honing her sprawling stock down to a giftable smattering of jewelry, home décor, handbags, and artistic objets d'art compiled throughout journeys to India, Italy, Belgium, and Morocco. The selection changes monthly — corresponding with visits from her international cache of friends and designers — and many pieces are one-of-a-kind, like piecemeal silk-screened tote bags, chunky silver and gemstone-studded rings by Pitango, and delicately faded vintage postcards from Brussels. Click ahead to see Pastec's latest incarnation.

Pastec, 437 E. 12th St., nr. Ave. A (212-219-3922)