Looking for the perfect dress for cocktail season? Christopher Dean’s silk charmeuse-and-chiffon number is chic and sexy, and it won’t break the bank ($220). The best part? For $50 more, the shop will make this dress to your exact measurements (allow about two weeks for custom orders). In black or silver.
436 East 9th Street
Yoga has come to Celesteville. In his new book, Babar’s Yoga for Elephants (Harry N. Abrams; $16.95), the world’s favorite elephant takes readers through sun salutations, headstands, proud-warrior poses, and even alternate-nostril breathing (hard to do with a trunk, easier for us). A must for any exercise room: a pull-out poster of Babar in eleven different poses.
CLAIRE’S CORNER AT LORD & TAYLOR
424 Fifth Avenue, at 38th Street
BOOKS OF WONDER
16 West 18th Street
Sometimes the simplest designs make the strongest statement. Such is the case with Fusion Designs’ line of unisex necklaces, all handmade in Brooklyn. A single pendant (choose from sixteen different styles) in either sterling silver or eighteen-karat gold hangs from your choice of a five-strand stainless-steel-silk chain (shown here) or a plain sterling-silver chain or a rubber cord ($135–$600).
69 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Sea-urchin sushi might gross you out, but the shells of these orange-fleshed shellfish can be surprisingly beautiful. Lake, a tiny store in the East Village, currently has a cache of sweet little lamps made from these shells, and the warm glow is magical ($36).
280 East 10th Street