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Best Bets: Week of October 20, 2014

Deconstruction
Hartmann Luggage, founded in Milwaukee in 1877, was responsible for both President Cleveland’s honeymoon steamer trunk and James Bond’s briefcase. Meet the new Tweed Spinner 21, available at the brand’s just-opened debut flagship (520 Madison Ave.).



How to Wash a Cashmere Sweater
Three tips from San Francisco–based Margaret O’Leary, whose eponymous knitwear line debuted its first East Coast outpost at 279 Mott Street in Nolita this summer.


1. Think of the goats. “We have to remember where cashmere comes from: goats. Goats get naturally fluffed by the rain, so it’s much better to wash cashmere, and fluff it, than dry-clean it and dry it out.”

2. Give it a cold shower. “Turn the sweater inside out and machine-wash on cold with just two teaspoons of mild shampoo. Traditional detergent is much too harsh on the fibers. My favorite is EO’s French lavender, because the scent lingers.”

3. Lay it flat. “Throw the sweater in the dryer for five minutes on the coolest setting. The goal is to spin some of the moisture out of it without heating it up in the slightest (heat is what shrinks cashmere). Then lay the sweater out flat on a towel to finish air-drying.”




Side by Side
Two high-society jewelers join Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels on Madison: Philly-based Paul Morelli and Milanese Buccellati.


Paul Morelli
895 Madison Ave.

Backstory: Son of Philadelphia opera-costume purveyor; brought the family name to fine jewelry in 1981.
Space: First-ever stand-alone boutique, with sheer white drapery over the windows and twisted-gold oval hoops in ebonized-wood display cases.
Specialty: Buddhist-inspired 18-karat-gold meditation bells set with precious stones, to be clipped onto necklaces and bracelets (from $1,575).
Fan Base: The Bergdorf set, who met his moonstones in the ’80s.

Buccellati
714 Madison Ave. (November)

Backstory: Goldsmith founded in Milan in 1919; 26-year-old Lucrezia Buccellati helming a rebranding this year.
Space: Historically landmarked townhouse with five floors featuring glass vitrines for hand-cut engagement rings and vertically striped walls in oak and smoked glass.
Specialty: Bespoke watches (from $200,000) and, in the Lucrezia era, solid-gold-and-diamond iPhone and iPad cases.
Fan Base: The Christie’s set, who spring for tiny details.


2x2: Fuzzy Bedside Rugs
Warm up the room, your feet.


Sheep:
Understated: Black Sheep (White Light) Icelandic sheepskin, left, $220 at totokaelo.com.
Overstated: Aelfie x Obra Obscura Watercolor sheepskin, right, $245 at aelfie.com.


Cow:
Understated: Cowhide rug, left, $199 at Ikea, 1 Beard St., Red Hook.
Overstated: Wild Colors cowhide rug, right, $319 at rawhidecompany.com.



Ask a Shop Clerk
Lockwood Style (33-02 Broadway, Astoria), a clothing boutique for ladies of all sizes, next to her beloved lifestyle shop, Lockwood.

Why focus on sizes 14 and up?
I’ve definitely learned to listen to the women of Astoria. When I got this new lease, I asked the ladies what they wanted, and the message was clear: no more kids’ clothing. But when it comes to women’s boutiques, there’s a real need here. Astoria women come in all shapes and sizes—I’m plus-size myself—so a third of the clothing is going to be sizes 14 and up. Like my friend Eden Miller’s line, Cabiria; she’s based in Astoria, and her patterning skills are unbelievable. Her harem pants never bunch, and her wrap dresses give plenty of coverage. She’s even into silk, which is rare in plus sizes.


Micromarket
Move over, reclaimed wood: Concrete is the latest fetish medium of local designers and shops.


Studiokyss staircase paperweight, $85 at Goods for the Study, 234 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St.; 212-219-2789.




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The Junk Show bowl, $15 at Sincerely Tommy, 343 Tompkins Ave., at Monroe St., Bedford-Stuyvesant; 718-484-8484.




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Chen Chen and Kai Williams stone-fruit wreath, $260 at Coming Soon, 37 Orchard St., nr. Hester St.; 212-226-4548.




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In.Sek shaving bowl, $55 at Fellow Barber, 101 N. 8th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-522-4959.




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Brooklyn Global camera planter, $39 at brooklynglobal.etsy.com.




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