A happy member of the small specialty-shop community that seems so at home in the tree-lined West Village, Papivore sells the kind of colorful books and papers that make journal-keeping or letter-writing a special pleasure. Its sale includes: blank books, were $35 and $24, now $26.25 and $18; ribbon closure portfolios, were $32, now $24; notepads, were $14 and $10, now $7 and $5. Papivore/Marie-Papier, 117 Perry St. (627-6055); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-6; 1/13 until supplies run out.
Halston – the label of choice for the fabulous at Studio 54 – has enjoyed a serious comeback in the capable hands of designer Randolph Duke. But since Halston’s prices haven’t remained at their Carter-administration levels, this sample sale makes purchasing a body-clinging number much more feasible. Beaded gown, retail $2,800, here $800; short cocktail number, was $1,300, here $300; beaded cashmere gown, retail $2,800, here $550. Halston Couture, 530 Seventh Ave., near 38th St., seventeenth floor (282-1278); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-4; 1/12-1/16.
In addition to having a staff adept at figuring out what measurements and styles work for your spaces at home and office, RV Cole has an extensive inventory of furniture at very good prices. Solid-oak desk, was $880, now $599; Italian walnut armoire, was $1,475, now $850; solid maple chest of drawers, was $1,400, now $790; solid-oak dining or conference table (which opens to eight feet), was $1,625, now $900. RV Cole, 114 E. 32nd St. (481-5566); M.C., V., checks; Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Thurs. until 8, Sun. 12-5; 1/18-1/31.
By the time the masseur at Dorit Baxter was finished with us, we were so relaxed and happy we really didn’t want to move. Try it yourself with Baxter’s “Winter Warm-up” package, in which three treatments (full-body massage, herbal wrap, and aromatherapy holistic facial) usually costing $175 are now $99 for the trio. Dorit Baxter, 47 W. 57th St., third floor (371-4542); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 9-7; 1/12-2/28.
At Pratesi, the idea of luxury bedding reaches an entirely new sphere. Sky-blue cutwork-lace-pattern king top sheet and two shams, was $1,500 for the set, now $750; queen-size Matlasse blanket cover, was $950, now $665. Pratesi, 829 Madison Ave., at 69th St. (288-2315); A.E., M.C., V., checks; Mon.-Sat. 10-6; 1/12-1/31.
Ora Feder – an upscale lingerie shop tucked away on the second floor of a small Upper East Side building – is packed with sumptuous chemises, slips, bras, and underwear. Ora is having a post-holiday sale both on her designs and on the merchandise she imports; for example, long silk nightgown, was $300, now $210; Vogue bra, was $32, now $19.20; silk print chemise, was $185, now $92.50. Ora Feder, 20 E. 69th St., second floor (517-7125); A.E., M.C., V.; Wed.- Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; 1/14-1/18.
Shì’s the One
Shì sells some of the best minimalist housewares in town. If you haven’t already checked the store out, its sale is the perfect time. For example, aluminum clip-on light, was $125, now $100; porcelain clip-on night-lights with motif bulbs, were $55, now $44; hand-blown wall mirror, was $225, now $180. Shì, 233 Elizabeth St. (334-4330); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sat. 12-7, Sun. till 6; 1/13 till supplies run out.
The Italian men’s-wear store Riflessi’s clientele keeps returning because of the store’s wide array of high-quality merch. Canali suit, was $1,300, now $495; Ermenegildo Zegna suit, was $1,200, now $495; Cerruti 1881 suit, was $960, now $395; dress shirt, was $165, now $49. Free alterations. Riflessi, 260 Madison Ave., near 38th St. (679-4875); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.- Fri. 9-8, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 11-6; 1/12-1/31.