CASTOR & POLLUX
At this NYC store, owner Kerrilynn Pamer brings her sharp interior design eye to jewelry, leather goods, and women’s wear by curating a collection united by craftsmanship. “I love the idea that good design adds functionality, creativity, and beauty to everyday life,” Pamer notes. You’ll love that she has a personal link to many of the pieces, including the bangle-like Maggie bracelets that were cast and created from her aunt’s original set of three. Pamer also added the clutch-like wallets, made in Massachusetts in custom colors like blush pink and jade. Alongside knits by Gary Graham and shoes by Rachel Comey,expect to see more fine jewelry and alpaca wool scarves, gloves, and mittens this winter.
MUST-BUY: The Maggie bracelets (pictured), which can be custom-cast in gold vermeil, or the new CAP bag, made in New York with Italian leather
238 W. 10th St., New York
Walk into one of these sleek-looking perfume labs and you’ll find no inventory. That’s because Le Labo’s perfumes are custom blended by a “lab technician” who combines the essential oil of rose (among 30 other ingredients, including bergamot,neroli, jasmine, and vetiver) with alcohol and water only when you say so. Little did founders Fabrice Penot and EdouardRoschi know this fresh approach would spark a fragrance revolution. Their unique boutiques are located in cities around the world such as New York, London, and Paris, among others.
MUST-BUY: It’s a sweet-smelling tie between the Rose 31 fragrance (made from roses from Grasse, in the south of France, where the founders studied perfumery) and the fig candle (a blend of blackcurrant and fig).
It all started with the search for the perfect pair of jeans. Soon enough, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko were drafting patterns,cutting, and sewing on a vintage Singer right in their North Carolina living room. These days, jeansmiths, 27 in total, craftevery pair of Raleigh denims by hand at a downtown workshop. Adjacent to the space is the Curatory, the company’s store, which showcases all five jean styles and other pretty pieces under a fantastic drop ceiling adorned with paper airplanes. The brand just opened a New York outpost too.
MUST-BUY: The Davie jean, a selvaged straight-style made using local denim from a nearby 100-year-old mill (the region has a strong denim and textile history)
Swedish-born Sophia Edstrand arrived in Jaipur as an assistant to Parisian jeweler Marie-Hélène de Taillac, but she stayed on to create her own line of whimsical necklaces, belts, headbands, and sandals — all of them adorned with a silk embroidery called zardozi that was once reserved for the wedding attire of maharajas. Step into Edstrand’s atelier in Rajasthan’s Pink City, and you’ll probably find her experimenting with eye-catching color combinations — inspired by precious gemstones — for her next project. “There are very few parts of the world where you can still make things by hand,” she notes. “And I just love thecolor here; there’s calligraphy everywhere, elephants are painted, trucks are decorated.”
MUST-BUY: This season’s Moonlight Love Necklace or Panther Love Necklace
Co-founded by twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart (designers of Want Les Essentiels de la Vie leather goods) and Mark Wiltzer, this well-curated year-old Montreal shop was inspired by the intimate, neighborhoody feel of a 19th-century pharmacy-cum-general store. Inside, browse Nudie jeans, Astier de Villatte candles, and Sarah Cho jewelry under the glow of bulb chandeliers.
MUST-BUY: Anything from the lovely Want Les Essentiels de la Vie line, which all bear the names of international airports, such as the Narita iPad case, O’Hare city tote, or De Gaulle computer bag. (The leather-goods line also went brick-and-mortar with a Want Passport outpost at Toronto’s airport this past September.)
4960 Sherbrooke St. West, Westmount, Quebec