Financial District Shops
250 Vesey St., Financial District
The only thing better than Cos Bar's famously vast offering of makeup, fragrance, bath, and beauty products (including the newly-launched goop organic skincare line) is the exceptional customer service provided by the knowledgeable, genuinely nice beauty consultants, which is exactly how founder Lily Garfield envisioned it back in 1976 when she opened the original Aspen outpost. There are Cos Bars all over the country, including Montecito, La Jolla, and Scottsdale.
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Financial District
Being one of those brands that never executes anything unless it's perfect and luxurious and gorgeous, it's not surprising that Hermès' brand-new perfume-only boutique is stunning. Crafted from concrete, wood, and metal, and designed in collaboration with RDAI and RF studio architects, the space is set up like a house, complete with a grand library and an entryway that's styled like a garden. Speaking of gardens: Jean Claude Elena, the masterful house perfumer responsible for most of their fragrances, including the Jardins series, tapped his daughter, Celine, to create an exclusive scent for the shop. Called The Shop Around the Corner, it evokes the signature scent of NYC: Deli flowers. Done in a fully Hermès way.
8 Fulton St., South Street Seaport
Launched by T Magazine photo director Judith Puckett-Rinella, Whisper Editions is an e-commerce site that sells limited edition collaborations from artists and designers. Case in point: You’ll currently find grey woven totes from Cecilia Pirani, ceramic birdhouses from Michele Quan, and Brown Cannon III surfboards. She’s currently running a year-long pop-up down in the Seaport where you can shop the editions in person.
Bowne & Co Stationers
211 Water St., Financial District
Officially part of the South Street Seaport Museum, this wonderful, old-world print shop, which actually holds the title of being New York City’s oldest operating business under the same name (Robert Bowne started it in 1775). The 19th-century letter presses are still on-site, and you can buy cards that are still made in the shop today, by master printer Robert Warner. Photo: Tyler Orehek Photography
Seaport Studios (Closed)
19 Fulton St., South Street Seaport
This airy, loft-like shop is actually a year-long pop-up, luring a rotating cast of designers like Timo Weiland and Solid & Striped to the Seaport (and the fans that support them). It’s a gorgeous space and in close proximity to some of the area’s best spots for a quick bite, too.
57 Warren St., Financial District
This Japanese shop equips restaurants like Nobu and Per Se, meaning it's where pro-chefs go to buy their knives. They're artfully displayed on the wall and in cases throughout the space according to brand and style (they carry traditional Japanese as well as Westernized brands). In addition, we like to shop their selection of lacquered bento boxes and traditional serveware.
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