Jessica Silvester

  1. Setting Up ShopA look at the ins, outs, and old courthouse banisters involved in opening a men’s store nowadays.
  2. New StuffWilliamsburg’s Think Fabricate adds mod coral lacquer to a rustic steel hanging lantern ($450 at Items of Interest, 60 Fifth Ave., nr. Bergen St […]
  3. One for the GirlsGreenpointers who lap up the under-$100, Anthropologie-like pieces at Franklin Street stalwart Dalaga will find a similar selection now that the […]
  4. The Best BetThose looking to disappear the occasional hard-copy bill, canceled check, and other identity-thief bait need not invest in an NSA-caliber docume […]
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    The 50 Finest: NYC Retailers Pick Their Favorite Fall ArrivalsFrom studded ankle boots to mohair throws, what to buy this fall.
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    Alex Drexler on Launching His Clothing Line, Alex MillThe son of J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler has started a label meant to be worn by fathers and sons.
  7. Relocation, Relocation, Relocation!A string of shops are making moves around the city.
  8. New StuffBling out your sink with these gemstone-inspired glycerin soaps (from $8 each at JnrlStr, 55 Clinton St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-729-1655), which […]
  9. Collective EditionsIt’s like shopping inside a De Kooning painting at the pop-up store helmed by Fort Makers, a local design collective occupying an abandoned Vict […]
  10. New StuffThis neoprene Built Convertible Picnic Bag ($150 at Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway, at 80th St.; 212-787-2000) is pre-packed with four sets of plastic f […]
  11. Back-to-WorkwearProof that the heritagewear craze is still alive and kicking: Michigan-based, 1883-born boot company Wolverine will settle into Nolita on August […]
  12. The Best BetArmchair fashion historians will likely recognize the origins of these Dior shoes. Creative director Raf Simons borrowed the shape of the invert […]
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    Best Bet: Gemstone SoapsScrub up in style.
  14. Vintage ModernVintage shop Antoinette hosts a pop-up for the Greenpoint-based emerging-designer showroom Of Us from August 9 to 16.
  15. The Best BetExecuting a solid omelette-toss ranks high on the viscerally satisfying scale—as does mashing a boiled potato to oblivion. With designer Danny S […]
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    Best Bet: Sculptural Pulse ChairIt’s made by a 3-D printer (who happens to be nicknamed Herman).
  17. All AmericanThis spring, the World War II–era shoe-polish brand Shinola relaunched—not with a new buffing formula but rather a line of classic, leather-stra […]
  18. Neutral TerritoryAmid all the floral prints and neon brights on parade this summer, a palette-cleansing resortwear shop called Le Civette just opened its first U […]
  19. New StuffWest Elm’s Etsy pop-up (July 27 at 75 Front St., nr. Washington St., Dumbo; 718-875-7757) culls wares from twelve Brooklyn crafters like these p […]
  20. The Best BetDuring a MacGyver-like turn in 2008, Dutch craftsman Dirk Vander Kooij found an old robot, reprogrammed it to act as a 3-D printer, and fed it r […]
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    Best Bet: Stemless Silicone Wine GlassSturdy, shatterproof, and packable enough to fit into a back pocket.
  22. New StuffMassimo Vignelli’s iconic plastic mugs ($60 for six at have been rereleased in their original, 1975 color palette.
  23. Liquid GoldBack in 2003, Dave Roper, co-founder of Australian messenger-bag company Crumpler, accepted a case of Corona as payment from one of his cash-str […]
  24. Carnival RevivalMore than a dozen vintage carousels, flying swings, and other Truffaut-like attractions have landed on Governors Island, where they’ll be up and […]
  25. The Best BetFor the Maine coast–based designer Sloan Russell, a stalwart of rosé-fueled picnics, finding the right outdoor wineglass was a Goldilocks-ian qu […]
  26. Cut and DriedFour new excuses to chop it all off.
  27. New StuffUV-protected fabric makes this cloudlike chair ($1,030 at Ligne Roset, 155 Wooster St., at W. Houston St.; 212-253-5629) safe for patio use.
  28. 47th and SmithFourth-generation jewelers Mark and Michael Davidoff stay true to their diamond-district roots at the newly opened Re-Fined.
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    Best Bet: Quirky’s Water-Repellent Canvas BagsThe ideal tote for summer beach days.
  30. Expansions
    Food52 Moving Into E-Commerce With Provisions StoreEach week, subscribers can browse multiple themed collections, built to showcase different types of food and alcohol.
  31. New StuffChop and rinse your veggies in one place with this foldable cutting board ($15 at, which snaps together to form a mini-colander.
  32. Hair ExtensionBlackstone’s, the East Village hair salon known for its outré décor and trend-averse hairdos, will unveil a major expansion on June 18.
  33. The Best BetSummer means getting sand in all sorts of places—including the bottom of your beach tote. Quirky’s water-repellent canvas bags (from $80 at Stor […]
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    Best Bet: Sculptural Nylon Whisks For fans of the multifunctional kitchen tool.
  35. The Best BetFor fans of the multifunctional kitchen tool—be it a Swiss Army–style grater or convertible blender/mixer/slow ­cooker—the real beauty of these […]
  36. New StuffFinnish glassmaker Iittala’s iconic dewdrop motif now adorns stackable footed bowls (from $25 at Gracious Home, 1992 Broadway, at 67th St.; 212- […]
  37. Tailor, SwiftGuys aren’t bombarded with the usual binders of swatches and style-preference questions at Manuel Racim (44 Hudson St., nr. Chambers St.; 212-23 […]
  38. The Midas TouchFive-year-old skin-care line Orogold, which made a name for itself with 24-karat-gold-infused moisturizers, launches its first New York store on […]
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    How I Tightened My Legs and Butt for $77Plus, smoother thigh skin in just 4 weeks.
  40. Plays Well With OthersDiscerning reviewers test-drive the hottest toys of summer.
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    Best Bet: Sun & Cloud CameraA palm-size, retro-look camera that charges via solar panel or retractable hand crank.
  42. Easy Ways OutA trio of new escape routes, just in time for summer.
  43. Ranch DressingDenim & Supply, the newest of Ralph Lauren’s numerous brands, opens its first New York store on May 23.
  44. New StuffEven the jump rope ($65 at has gone artisanal: The nylon-wrapped walnut handles of this leather version were threaded and heat-sealed […]
  45. The Best BetYou could document your summer escapades with a newfangled HD/3-D/LCD camcorder. Or you could take the more novel approach with the palm-size, r […]
  46. New StuffThanks to ribbed, BMX-bike-style grips, these Praxis LED flashlights ($30 each at stay firmly in hand during a blackout.
  47. Second ComingBeloved vintage store Zachary’s Smile may have shuttered in March, but its former co-owner is repurposing the West Village space as Personnel of […]
  48. Home BasesA trio of new design stores take Manhattan.
  49. The Best BetBeer glasses have become increasingly fetishized since Cliff Clavin’s era, when dark, light, and amber lagers alike were confined to a one-size- […]
  50. The Best BetIn addition to some 40,000 pounds of organic produce, this summer’s Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm will teem with sweet peas, snapdragons, bachelo […]
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