The Best Bet
The sculptor Francis Upritchard is a modern-day Surrealist who transforms found objects—faux Wedgwood vases, school compasses, hockey sticks—into spooky relics. The 29-year-old New Zealander has made a name for herself in London, where her collectors include Charles Saatchi, but she’s still unknown in New York. That means the work at her first two Stateside solo shows, hosted by Andrea Rosen Gallery and Salon 94, is relatively affordable (prices range from $3,000 to $20,000). Upritchard’s more spectacular pieces include fake shrunken heads and a miniature mummy suspended in mid-air, but others are decorative enough for adventurous homes. Shown here are “Two Big Blue Lamps” (already sold) and “Four White Goods”—found ceramic vases with sculpted heads ($10,000 at Salon 94, 12 E. 94th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 646-672-9212).
Lockets fit for a Young Victorian Lady
Kimberly Forrest’s antique-inspired necklaces, made of eighteen-karat gold and accented with precious stones, are the perfect accessory to match nostalgic fall fashions (from $3,500 at Talavera, 145 Sixth Ave., nr. Spring St.; 212-213-0050).
Underwear Worth Displaying
If you’re dressed in this season’s sheer fashions, what’s underneath had better look good. Rosamosario’s handmade silk-chiffon-and-satin lingerie is ready for scrutiny (bra, $350, and panties $175, at Catriona MacKechnie400 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-242-3200).
A Kid’s Backpack That’s Bearable
Your child’s first backpack shouldn’t be bigger than she is. A Camelbak averages three to five pounds when full, is shaped to stay out of the way, and will keep the little ones hydrated (from $25 at Paragon Sporting Goods, 867 Broadway, at 18th St.; 212-255-8036).
The Men’s Shoe for Fall
Cole Haan’s short, lace-up suede Air Madero Chukka works with both office and casual looks and has Nike’s comfy cushioning ($265 at Cole Haan at the Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, at 59th St.; 212-823-9240).
A Tire for the City and the Country
Now is the time to change your tires—before bad weather hits. Goodyear’s Fortera with SilentArmor is quiet on highways but capably handles off-road terrain, thanks to a layer of Kevlar (from $112.95 at Pace Tire & Diagnostic Center, 68-31 Eliot Ave., Middle Village; 718-779-3500).