Memorial Day, the holiday Americans eagerly await as the start of summer isn’t only best celebrated somewhere relaxing but also somewhere that is stately and iconic, with a classic, throwback American sensibility. Here on Vogue the best big resorts, the Breakers, the Greenbrier, among others, from coast to coast are decades old and still retain their original features.
London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Tokyo; and its New York that we speak of this time around, a trip made this past February in the name of research. Our staff goes regularly to The “Big Apple” bringing back various ideas, tips, and the newest trends. SoHo, Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, 5th Avenue… every quarter has its own personality. Let’s check it out!
One of the cooler quarters of NY, home to many celebs, and where the “industrial loft” was born; here many brands have a flagship store, clothing, luxury consignment and thrift shops, but it’s also home to interior design and art galleries. One of our favorite quarters to explore and research.
The quarter that breathed life into “radical chic” Notting Hill; tiny streets covered in green, small shops to check out – barber shops, bio food… One must stroll about with a to-go cup of coffee in one hand and a fantastic cupcake from Magnolia Bakery in the other, a bakery made famous after being seen on “Sex and the City”. (The name of a shop doesn’t need quotes!)
The Meatpacking District
Where once there were butchers now are a multitude of small and interesting contemporary boutiques; home of The Standard Hotel, which boasts one of the most famous rooftop bars in the world. Even after an intense day of research in the shops, you can’t miss out a walk on the Highline, and old metro line turned beautiful pathway that connects the Meatpacking District to Downtown.
Another district well worth the visit, where in between the red brick walls, across the street from the Google offices, we can find a gorgeous example of reclaimed architecture called the Chelsea Market: a covered market, built inside of an old factory, where you can find clothing, various items, artisan food, or enjoy a meal at one of the magnificent restaurants.
The street of lights!!! Possibly one of, if not the, most famous streets in the world. Here you can find everything, from huge flagship stores from major brands to jewelry stores, gift stores, multi-level sporting good stores, restaurants, and more. Definitely a commercial avenue, but always worth stopping by.
And you, have you ever been to New York?
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