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The Faithful Shopper: Best of 2013 It's been an eventful year for all of us in the New Y ork retail and fashion scene, from grand old friends such as Bergdorf Goodman and Macy's undergoing major renovations to welcoming new stores and brands that quickly became game-changers. Below are some of my favorite newcomers for the year!
Kara Ross - 655 Madison Avenue Kara Ross' bags and accessories once again are joined by stunning fine jewelry in this cream-colored haven of a boutique. Tiny but packing a huge punch.
Valentino - 821 Madison Avenue A terrific townhouse that offers an intimate and luxurious shopping experience, including a VIP suite for its most active customers. Black and white with shocks of color that complement Valentino's feminine designs.
Dennis Basso - 825 Madison Avenue Experience the entire world of Basso's designs (not just fur) in this four-story marvel, including evening wear, ready to wear, and home furnishings - as well as space for the seamstresses to work on site.
Warby Parker - 121 Greene Street - 819 Washington Street The Internet-based eyewear designer and retailer made the move to a physical store (we call it "clicks to bricks") without losing the fun. Glasses are displayed like books in a library - then duck into the phone booth to share a picture with your friends!
Saint Laurent - 80 Greene Street Well worth the wait, this new prototype showcases accessories like artwork, in a Hedi Slimanedesigned shop that combines glass, tin, brass and more.
Dagny + Barstow - 264 Bowery The selection of apparel and accessories, from both local and international designers, is just plain fun - and I love stores with exposed brick walls.
Whole Foods Market (Gowanus) - 214 3rd Street, Brooklyn It's here! Whole Food's expansion after a decade into the city's busiest retail borough is news enough - but the store is lovely, and offers locally sourced items from the borough and around the region. And, of course, several of my own deals:
Le Civette - 1242 Madison Ave., nr. 89th St. In its first U.S. shop, this Italian resortwear brand emphasizes its beautifully tailored basics and accessories. A visit here is as calming as a mini-vacation!
Jacques Torres Chocolate - 110 East 57th Street The sweetest of treats in a fabulous location on one of the world's most famous shopping boulevards. It's the perfect place to have a quick confection while shopping!
Oro Gold - 118 East 57th Street This is the first New Y ork flagship for the luxury skin care (it's made with 24-karat gold) line, one of many more we plan for this ultra-posh shop and spa.
Boyoung Kim - 410 Columbus Avenue Korean fashion designer Boyoung Kim was a protĂŠgĂŠ of Alexander Wang, and we were thrilled to place her first boutique, which is helping to establish Columbus Avenue as a fashion headquarters.
Alice + Olivia - 98 Greene Street The perfect store at the perfect place at the perfect time - sure to add to Greene's Street's style! I can't wait to see what 2014 brings. In the meantime, Happy New Year and Happy Shopping! Follow Faith Hope Consolo on T witter: www.twitter.com /FaithHConsolo
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It's been an eventful year for all of us in the New York retail and fashion scene, from grand old friends such as Bergdorf Goodman and Macy'...