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505 5th Ave., Midtown
It's nearly impossible to walk out of this shop empty-handed: For one, it's incredibly cheap and for two, we can't get enough of their minimal, modern clothing that subscribes to market trends without being a slave to them. Much like Zara and Cos, you can mix their clothing in pretty seamlessly with your higher-end splurges. There's also a Soho location.
Ariston Floral Boutique
425 Lexington Ave., Midtown
Ariston is a great go-to florist for Manhattan flower deliveries. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Midtown, and the website has a wide array of flowers and plants to choose from: Green cymbidium orchids mixed with hydrangea, peonies and callas, Bird of Paradise plants, and much more. Their bread and butter, though, is the kind of compact glass-vase arrangements that are particularly brilliant for brightening an office desk.
215 E. 58th St., Midtown
Waterworks is an indispensable design resource for anything related to kitchens and bathrooms, with an unimaginably long list of offerings from fixtures to tile to countertops and beyond. They particularly excel with made-to-order designs and collaborations with interior design stars (like goop friends Roman & Williams). There's a kitchen showroom around the corner on 3rd Avenue, and a full showroom downtown in Flatiron, too.
Olde Good Things
149 Madison Ave., Midtown
Olde Good Things is a fantastic resource for high-end architectural salvage, which is sold as-is to be re-installed in new locations or repurposed into furniture and other décor items. Their New York showrooms in Midtown, Bowery, Union Square, and Chelsea (they also have one in LA) are jam-packed with period lighting, original doors, fireplace mantels, colorful stained glass, decorative iron, antique furniture, and more. For the most comprehensive view of their offerings, their website has a repository of all of the items in those showrooms and in their enormous Scranton, Pennsylvania warehouse.
A La Vieille Russie
745 5th Ave., Midtown
The owners of this elegant jewelry store in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel have been in the antiques and fine jewelry business since 1851 when the family opened their first shop in Kiev. They specialize in antique jewelry, with a focus on Fabergé and other European lines. You could get lost for an entire afternoon ogling the gorgeous pieces with no intention to buy, but it's a great destination when you're looking for an exceptionally special gift.
445 Park Ave., Midtown
T. Anthony is somewhat of a Park Avenue institution, selling simple, luxurious luggage and leather goods. They've been making custom bags—in iconic red, black, and purple—for the well-traveled since the '40s, including Jackie O., Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon. We love the basic duffles and rollers.
MoMA Design & Book Store
11 W. 53 St., Midtown
The MoMA gift shop—which is really more of a full-fledged design store—is incredibly well-done, making it one of those rare spots that's a one-stop resource for everyone on your list come the holidays. Here you can purchase everything from Issey Miyake's architectural Lucent tote, to an Eames chair, to a Yoshitomo Nara doggy radio, to obscure titles you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave., Midtown
Taking up an entire city block and 10 sprawling floors, the Saks 5th Avenue flagship on Fifth Avenue is as massive as it is well stocked. In fact, its shoe department is so huge that it has its own zip code. Also on premise, an Elizabeth Arden Red Door salon, a nail art studio, and several restaurants.
239 E. 58th St., Midtown
Urban Archaeology started out as a source for salvaged fixtures and materials. Today, this showroom boasts its own line of products, from furniture, to lighting, bathroom, hardware and fixtures galore, all with an eye toward classic design. The workshop is in Long Island City, and it's a great option if you want custom pieces for the home.
The Nanz Company (Closed)
213. E. 59th St., Midtown
Based in New York with showrooms around the country, Nanz works closely with architects and designers to get their custom work just right, providing pretty much any custom hardware you can think of for your project. Highly professional—and armed with great aesthetics—we'd recommend them, and their work, for any restoration need. They also have a massive online catalog, which is an excellent tool if you’re looking for ideas. There's also an appointment-only showroom in Soho.
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