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The Sleepless New York City Nightlife Circuit

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Today, our Contributor, Joey Zauzig talks about the sleepless New York City nightlife, the most exciting and exclusive places to go and their particularities! So, if you’re a night owl, you’ll definitely enjoy it!

“Nightlife, especially in New York City, can be like a merry-go-round: super exciting at first and then overly easy to get sick of.

Something to know about the nightlife in NYC is that it takes the perfect mix of lounges, clubs, bars and events. To keep things interesting, the right circuit as I like to call it.

Lets face it, who likes seeing the same ‘desperatos‘ waiting at the door to PHD at 3am, or the stragglers who think LeBain is still “exclusive”, you have to change it up.

The truth is, the clubs in New York City are like the Winter’s in New York. It’s cute for a month, then you’ve suddenly become completely sick of it. It doesn’t matter, whether old or new, the day of the week or time you go are major factors.

Some new places, such as The Blond, and even the elder, such as The Boom Boom Room are musts for the perfect circuit. They are great to ensure you’re not riding the merry go round.

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Let’s start with the current, The Blond, located on the 2nd floor of the 11 Howard Hotel in SoHo, had it’s opening just this past weekend and was designed by Anda Andrei and SPACE Copenhagen. The owner is Aby Rosen and the nightlife veterans, part of Aby’s new lounge, Angelo Bianchi & Julio Montego had a spot called Beatrice Inn which was previously one of many and my favorite spots, on any given night.

The Blond gives a Rose Bar feel, but better. Full on glass walls, a spiral staircase, sick art and velvet details make it intimate. It just opened this past weekend. A few of the present guests were: Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlotte Sarkozy, Princess Olympia of Greece, Brian Atwood and Rory Tahari.

But, I see this being one of the new spots in many people’s circuits. It draws in an eclectic chill crowd that won’t be overwhelming to start or end the night. It opens to the public in April.

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We have to talk about it, because a lot of people haven’t been, as it is members only – Soho House, located in Meat Packing. Yes, it’s exclusive and yes, it’s a restaurant/hotel, but recently they’ve added Vinyl Room.

Located on the 6th Floor in the old Library. Yes, it’s still members only, unless there is an event going on, then, you still have to be on a list.

This is my favorite if I’m in the mood to dance and throw back a few drinks. Meanwhile, I can also be surrounded by an interesting mix of people, at least until the roof opens in a few weeks!

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Next we move on to ACME and, yes, maybe I’m writing about my circuit on certain nights… When it comes to the day of the week rule, ACME plays a big part. Every night of the week is different.

I.E Tuesdays is STRUT which is gay night. Wednesdays tend to be on the slower side. Thursdays which, in my opinion, is the best night for a more chill laid back feel, but always great music.

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Then we have Top of the Standard, aka The Boom Boom Room. Most of the time, there is always something going on there, so you either know it or you don’t. Long story short, hard door.

Usually if you don’t know anyone, you’re not getting in. But, the place has an incredibly sick atmosphere and 99.9% of the time, a great crowd.

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Now, if you are really looking for a late night and want to keep it going, try Never Never. Which is located right next to the club Up & Down – which is good, but needless to say – it is exclusive and as tiny as they get!

I love it there. The only downside really is 100% of the time you’ll smell like smoke for at least 3 days. But, I think it’s totally worth it. This should always be the last stop as things don’t get going here till around 1am. Very intimate, Benny at the door can be tough, but if you’re with or ARE the right people, you’re good.

So there’s a crash course for you in the New York City Nightlife scene. The places mentioned above all have pretty strict doors, but if you have the pluckiness, I highly recommend them all.”


If you’re the type that enjoys a bit more laid back spots and crowd, you can try some of these place. Sister’s Brooklyn has great live music.  For the rock’n’roll lovers try Saint Vitus Bar, in Greenpoint. We do have friend that enjoy Marie’s Crisis Cafe and pour their lung out singing Musical lyrics. Zinc Bar is a traditional Jazz Bar we absolutely love, in the Greenwich Village. Last, the Brooklyn Steel is one of the hottest spots in Brooklyn now for big live music performances.

The New York City Nightlife definitely has it all!

The Blond – www.11howard.com – 11 Howard Street, SoHo
Vinyl Roomwww.sohohouseny.com/house/vinyl-room – 29-35 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking District
Acmehttp://acmenyc.com – 9 Great Jones Street, NoHo
The Boom Boom Roomwww.standardhotels.com – 848 Washington Street, Chelsea
Never Never and Up & Downhttp://uadnyc.com – 244 West 14th Street, Greenwich Village

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Maggie Norris Couture: Life In Couture

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Maggie Norris is a legendary New York designer that lives a life in couture. Her exquisite work has been feature in the most renowned publication, and her work is coveted by the most fashionable women on the planet!

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Maggie Norris was born in New Orleans, but quickly moved to New York City to study Fashion at Parsons School of Design.

She became a legendary New York designer that started her career as Ralph Lauren’s Creative Designer. In no time, she quickly assumed the post as Senior Design Director in charge of the Women’s Collection during 13 years.

After leaving Ralph Lauren, she spent a few years in Europe. She returned to New York City in 2000 to launch her own custom-made couture line. Maggie also because part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“I have an affinity to the Haute Couture craftsmanship because of its unyielding perfection.” ~ Maggie Norris

Now, imagine a glorious studio in the Garment District, with fascinating couture samples spread throughout the space. And yet, amazing beadwork all around, fantastics colors and fabrics sheltering plane spaces. Simply breathtaking and certainly a unique experience! This is what Maggie Norris Couture is all about.

A few names that are part of her very exclusive client list are: Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Alicia Keys, Diane Keaton, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Beyonce and First Lady Michelle Obama!

Every client has the possibility of booking private appointments, so Maggie can dedicate her time exclusively to them.

It is the place to make your wildest and deepest fashion desires com to life, through the hands of one of the world’s most coveted artistic hands! But, we do advise to really allow Maggie to explore her special talent and create for you!

So, be sure to enjoy this unique and memorable moment! It is certainly a priceless experience and the outcome will be mind blowing!

If you want help to book your personal appointment at Maggie Norris Couture, let our team of experts take care of it for you!

Plus, you might enjoy reading about the 8 Disappearing neighborhoods in Manhattan, one of them being the Garment District! Amusing article!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jan Klier, Capture Fashion and Maggie Norris Couture
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Nili Lotan: An Expert At Dressing The Modern Urban Women

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A New York City based brand that portrays a pure and sophisticated style! Nili Lotan knows how to reflect a women’s lifestyle through clothes.

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I’m totally in love with everything at Nili Lotan!

The Israeli designer, Nili Lotan, moved to New York City in 1980. She worked as a Senior Design Director for several leading fashion companies, including Ralph Lauren and Nautica.

Therefore, after several years and greatly acquired experiences, Nili decided to launch her own eponymous label. Nili’s simple design philosophy is pure and sophisticated. Less is definitely more.

In addition, Nili says:

“A woman’s wardrobe should reflect her lifestyle and function as an extension of who she is.”

Perfectly and simply said, right? The more our wardrobe reflects our style, the better and more confident we fell in work and life situations.

The tops, shirts, t-shirts, dresses, jeans, scarves are all amazing. We have to confess that we are deeply in love with the eco baby alpaca sweaters. You can shop them all online.

Granted that Nili loves and appreciates art, she often exhibits artwork in the store.

Moreover, you will also find a collection of rare books on topics ranging from film, architecture, photography and design.

“Nili’s collections has been equally well received by the market and editors alike. Her pieces regularly feature in top fashion and lifestyle publications like VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar, WSJ.

Furthermore, over the years, Nili’s designs have accrued a glittering list of dedicated followers including Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Christy Turlington, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, and Karolina Kurkova, among many more.”

Since you’re passing through TriBeCa, you might want to explore it a bit! Stop for a great coffee and support Hugh Jackman’s beautiful cause at Laughing Man Tea & Coffee. Plus, go for a drink at the super traditional, Tiny’s or at the coveted Paul’s Cocktail Lounge.

And still, stroll through a New York City style alley.

Hours: See online for different locations.

188 Duane Street, Tribeca
87 Mercer Street, SoHo
38 Main Street, East Hampton


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nili Lotan
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Resurrection Vintage: Historic Cothing for Fashion Experts

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“Founded in 1996 by Mark Haddawy and Katy Rodriguez, with boutiques in New York and Los Angeles, Resurrection vintage is one of the world’s premier international venues for collectible and historic clothing.”

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Resurrection Vintage is definitely one of our top picks with the subject is: vintage fashion. For over 20 years, they have been collecting some of the best, most exquisite and special fashion pieces and accessories.

As they say, the are “Pioneers of Vintage and Historic Modern Sartorial Wonders”. And, we have to agree with them. Their curation is mind blowing and it’s almost impossible to leave the store with only one single item.

As a result, they sell brands like: Alaia, Chanel, Hermés, Maison Martin Margiela, Loris Azzaro, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Lanvin, and several others.

One of their most loyal clients is the one and only beauty, Giovanna Battaglia (aka, Giovanna Engelbert). She is an avid buyer of their collections and is always beautifully mixing and matching it all.

In sum, Resurrection has super high-end brands for ladies and some few for gentlemen!

It’s a store for every one, and a haven for the fashion experts!

Last, but surely not least, see what they have to say about their Resurrection Vintage Archives:

“We have expanded our commitment to preservation by including the Resurrection Archive Rental Studio located in New York City.

Resurrection’s extensive archive catalog is one of the fashion, media and film industries top resources for research, design, and development. Our specialized archive contains thousands of rare and historic designer pieces by highly distinguished American, European, and Japanese fashion designers from the 1960s to 2000s.”

And still:

“With an emphasis on avant-garde design, our archive features special collections by innovative designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme Des Garcons, Martin Margiela as well as one of the largest private collections of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.

Our archive is an invaluable resource and source of inspiration to stylists, costumers, and industry clientele. Categories represented by our collection include men and womens designer clothing, accessories, bags, footwear, jewelry, books and rare ephemera. Our entire rental archive is available for daily, weekly, and monthly rental.”

In addition, if you need help at the store, there is nothing better than taking with you a Personal Stylist! Our experts help and guide you about how to purchase and wear vintage!

217 Mott Street, Nolita
45 Great Jones Alley, NoHo


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Resurrection Vintage
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Rare Vintage: Each Vintage Piece Has Its Own Story

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We are always searching for secret New York City vintage stores that offers the most exclusive brands. Located a few blocks from Central Park, Rare Vintage is one of these amazing vintage stores!

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You’ll be able to find the very best of two centuries of fashion with a highly edited collection at Rare Vintage.

The store was founded in 2007 by Juliana Cairone. Juliana is Diane Vreeland’s grand daughter. At a very young age was exposed to amazing pieces of “art” by renowned designs.

Today, most of the items are bought from private collections found in the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Items are unique, in great conditions and were statements in their own decades.

Juliana is passionate about buying and collecting pieces that have a story behind them! As she explains in the video below:

“I like buying pieces that have a history behind them. I like to buy pieces that went to a great party, or someone fell in love with their husband when she wore that dress, and all these wonderful stories.

People hold on to these pieces for so long because they love them and it means something to them.”

A few of the designers you’ll find are: Bill Blass, Halston, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark, Valentino Couturem Federico Forquet, YSL, Pierre Balmain, Madame Gres, Rive Gauch lines and numerous other big names!

Rare Vintage pieces have been worn by beautiful ladies from Giovanna Battaglia (aka Giovanna Engelbert) and Carine Roitfeld.

Other names like Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are also some of their top clients!

New York City has other countless vintage stores that we’ve written about.

Plus, there are a few very high-end luxury stores that don’t only offer fantastic products, but offers a shopping experience, like Fivestory.

Need help to discover them all? Contact us so we can arrange a Personal Shopping consultation with our fashion experts!

Location: 24 West 57th Street – 5th Floor

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rare Vintage
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Bonpoint: A House Of French Couture For Kids

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Bonpoint is a house of French couture for kids with the cutest clothes options, for that special occasion. If you have stylish NYC kids, then this is the place for you to shop!

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To start, Bonpoint isn’t exactly a “behind the scenes” brand, but it’s surely worth the attention!

People tend to say that it’s very hard to raise kids in New York City and that you’d have to be crazy to even consider such a thing.

Well, we strongly disagree with this statement. Actually, we believe that kids that are raised in NYC tend to become strong and successful human beings. Being raised in this multicultural, dynamic and empowering city can only mostly bring benefits. But, then again, it’s our point of view.

Plus, our Founder, Fê Paronetto, is totally in love with the city. Not only does she believe in the benefits stated above, but she also has very close friends in NYC that are raising their kids here. Result? They are having the best time ever!

Shopping for kids can be a challenge, specially because they grow up so quickly. There are numerous fast fashion brands that are perfect to buy more daily clothes and underwear. On the other hand, you also need to have in mind which are the brands that you can find, in case you have a special event or occasion. These do have higher price ranges, but worth every dollar.

Founded in 1975, in the heart of Paris, Bonpoint is one of these high-end kid’s fashion brands. In other words, they are a couture fashion brand for the little ones!

The brand has now extended their reach to countless cities across the globe, with over 110 stores.

They offer a fantastic range of the cutest clothes and accessories for newborns, babies, girls and boys! With 3 addresses in New York City, they also sell shoes, perfume and skincare products.

Not to mention that their campaigns are the cutest thing ever!

A little bit more about the brand:

“Rich in the savoir-faire of a couture house, thanks to its artisan studios in Paris, Bonpoint cultivates the precision of beauty, the passion for quality and a meticulous attention to detail and finishing.

Bonpoint is the French fashion house for children. A unique destination with its spot-on style, poetic universe tinged with humour and magic, inspired window displays and the warm atmosphere of its boutiques and flagship stores in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris and on Madison Avenue in New York.

Every season the house’s artistic director, Christine Innamorato, invents an enchanting and creative collection for Bonpoint, from newborn to teenagers and YAM – for those young women who are still Bonpoint girls at heart.”

So, if you’re looking for that special dress for the girls, or a mini suit and cardigan for the boys, this house of French couture for kids is the place to go!

Your baby will most surely be the best dressed kid in the party and the most stylish one too!

If you need help shopping, our experts are great to dress the stylish NYC kids! Contact us to see how our private personal shopping service works.

Check website for further details on each location.

805 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side
1269 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side
398 West Broadway, SoHo


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*Last Update on March/2020.*

Fivestory New York: An Exciting Upscale Retail Experience In NYC

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New York’s fashion scene is definitely thrilling and adaptable for every budget! Fivestory New York is a store for the most demanding gals out there with the best there is in luxury fashion.

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Claire Distenfeld, Founder at Fivestory New York, is a connoisseur in the world of curated art, fashion and design. After years of travel and experience, Claire brought to life this multi-brand, multi-category boutique located in the heart of Madison Avenue.

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Fivestory New York is a store for the most demanding New Yorkers and visitors.

To start, they have an amazing selection of upscale brands. From Chanel, Fendi, Maison Michel and Gianvito Rossi, to Nicholas Kirkwood, Olympia Le Tan and Proenza Schouler.

Plus, the store was designed by Ryan Korban, and the entire project was closely watched by Claire’s father

See how Clair describes her store:

“Our store is for the consumer who has a strong aesthetic and can appreciate the quality and specialness of a product.

We are here to enhance, to inspire the creativity and individuality within each consumer. To bring them to a level of appreciation for a curated atmosphere and to stimulate their imagination. Feel the transformation from conventional to exceptional.

“Therefore, we offer renowned international ready-to-wear designers, alongside cutting-edge creatives. Exclusive Fivestory collaborations, impeccably created accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, and home décor that span the globe.”

In addition, if you’d like an appointment at the store and would also like for one of our Personal Shopper & Stylist experts to accompany you, contact us so we can organize it all.

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 18 East 69th Street


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Fivestory New York
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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