Financial District Shops
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
250 Vesey St., Ste. 206
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.
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.
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.
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