NYC Retail and Fashion News: January 2015

NYC Retail and Fashion News: January 2015

From cashmere and accessories to high-end menswear and the warmest coats for winter, NYC's shopping scene has so much to offer this season. Here are a few of our favorite finds for January. 

Travel Tokens

Jet Set candy jewelry is a perfect souvenir for the traveler. (Photo courtesy Jet Set Candy)


Nicole Parker King hunted in nearly 50 countries for perfect keepsakes before deciding to design her own. Enter Jet Set Candy, her line of destination-inspired jewelry that shuns the tackiness of typical souvenirs. Her NYC collection captures sites, like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, in 14-karat gold. Finally, chic souvenirs to remember the places we love.  | Available at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., 212.705.2000

Threads for Unabashed Guys

A look from Kent & Curwen

Traditional British tailoring takes on young urban trends at the new Kent & Curwen store on Madison Avenue. Guys can shop a vast selection of staple items—like striped shirts and black trousers—along with bold leather statement jackets, like a belted moto in sunshine yellow, a durable forest green piece with ribbing on the sleeves and a navy blue one with zippered pockets (above). As with the most sophisticated menswear, the beauty of these garments is in the details.  |  Kent & Curwen, 816 Madison Ave., 212.879.2346

Fringe Binge


Fringe makes a statement in this bag from Ramy Brook.


A tiny storefront bursts with downtown fashion vibes at NoLIta’s recently opened Ramy Brook. While the made-in-New York brand’s contemporary womenswear collection contains essential classics like the sleeveless silk blouse and the little black dress, the handbag line of boho-chic fringed purses (above), opal snakeskin-printed pouchettes, haircalf bucket bags and color-blocked totes is the showstopper at this boutique.  |  Ramy Brook, 22 Prince St., 212.775.0690

No Fur Necessary


No animals were harmed in the making of this coat from Vaute Couture.

Wool isn’t the only way to keep warm—local designer (and animal advocate) Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart produces limited-edition dress coats using high-tech, waterproof fabric that insulates the body. The youthful designs of Vaute Couture take on striking silhouettes (billowing capes, belted motos, boxy car coats) and bold colors (baby pink, ruby, emerald, cognac). At press time, Vaute was searching for a home after its lease in Brooklyn ended, so check the website for details on pop-ups (or to shop online).  |

Understated and Elegant Jewelry

Bubbles float on these hoop earrings from Paul Morelli.


Madison Avenue glitters brighter these days. Philadelphia fine jeweler Paul Morelli, whose white diamond dangle earrings were recently worn by Rihanna at the CFDA Fashion Awards, has opened a 2,000-square-foot space on the Upper East Side. The master of intricate designs tends to use tiny gems to mimic the beauty of natural phenomena—clusters of blue moonstones in the earrings pictured here give the impression of floating bubbles, while his Pebble Waterfall Necklace links smooth gold clusters with cabochon-cut pink tourmalines, aquamarines, diamonds and pink sapphires to evoke “pebbles awash on the seashore.” In celebration of the new boutique, Morelli launched a 24-piece collection called “La Grange,” which layers ornate stones to create shimmering mosaics on bangles, earrings and more.  |  Paul Morelli, 895 Madison Ave., 212.585.4200

Prepster Love Affair


Band of Outsiders steps into Manhattan with statement boots.

Los Angeles-based Band of Outsiders marries timeless preppy to avant-garde hipster at its new brick-and-mortar SoHo shop. Women can casually layer solid and striped sweaters over this season’s coveted midi skirts, keep warm in funky, faux fur biker jackets and give slim corduroy trousers a leg up by slipping on prune jodhpur ankle boots (above). Rebellious guys who want to add character to classic suiting need look no further: The 11-year-old brand has put together a stark black option with tiny white polka dots and a two-piece denim set with big navy dots for the winter. Traditional shoes, like loafers and saddles, also get a contemporary upgrade with cutouts, bright colors and unexpected fabrics for extra flair.  |  Band of Outsiders, 70 Wooster St., 212.965.1313

Proudly British Cashmere

Brora strives to infuse traditional cashmere with edgy patterns.

British cashmere brand Brora snuggles into the Upper East Side at a 600-square-foot Carnegie Hill flagship. A centuries-old Scottish mill produces the cashmere for Brora’s vintage-inspired pieces, like blankets, sweaters and robes, which come in at least 18 seasonal colors for men and women. The heritage brand also makes use of other fabrics, like tweed, silk and wool, for its sophisticated apparel lines, which include super cute overalls, sweaters and winter gear for tots. The knits come in mostly classic cuts, allowing the wearer to look chic and stylish for the life of the long-lasting garment.  |  Brora, 1204 Madison Ave., 212.426.1101