The Best Bet
Shapeless baseball hats and knit caps can’t compete with the powerful curve of a Borsalino fedora, a symbol of confident power brokers since the Italian company started making it in 1857. The silky fur felt wards off chilly breezes, and the broad brim—as Jack Abramoff demonstrated while leaving federal court last week—provides ideal cover from the glare of unwanted scrutiny (choice of four colors; $300 at J.J. Hat Center, 310 Fifth Ave., nr. 32nd St.; 212-239-4368).
Illumination With a Pedigree
Prague Kolektiv’s new shipment of Czech sixties-era hanging lamps are far more distinctive than the now-ubiquitous American vintage modern pieces ($900 to $1,800; 143-b Front St., nr. Jay St., Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-260-8013).
A Tea Service You Won’t See Everywhere…
Jasper Morrison designed this sleek bone-china set for the Japanese market; Salvor Kiosk owner Ross Menuez has the exclusive on it in North America ($220; 95 Spring St., nr. Broadway; 212-226-5155).
…And a Perfect Brew to Make
Mighty Leaf’s powerfully fragrant Organic Mint Melange tea scents the room even before it’s brewed ($10.45 per box at Garden of Eden, 7 E. 14th St., nr. Fifth Ave; 212-255-4200).
And for the Indulgent Grandma
Bottega Veneta’s baby shoes are handmade in Italy of napa leather, just like Mom’s and Dad’s, and come in two styles: a ballerina flat or lace-up sneaker ($190 at Bottega Veneta, 699 Fifth Ave., nr. 54th St.; 212-371-5511).
Toss the Hair-Crushing Hat
Eva Scrivo’s simple, wide cashmere or alpaca hair bands keep the head warm and complement the season’s retro-inspired, upswept hairstyles ($50 to $65; 632 Hudson St., nr. Jane St.; 212-677-7315).