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Cedar Lakes Estate: A Hudson Valley Luxury Estate

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Cedar Lakes Estate, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is the perfect upstate luxury estate to explore not only during the summer, but also during winter season!

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We are always looking for and exploring unique properties in upstate New York to share with you. Cedar Lakes Estate is certainly on the top of our list.

We also know that many people aren’t really sure where to go or what to do during the harsh New York winter, so we decided to help out!

This past weekend, we packed our bags and headed upstate to stay at a place called Cedar Lakes Estate. We’ve been following closely experiences they’ve been creating for guests and couldn’t wait anymore to go and explore!

Located in the heart of our gorgeous Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estate’s story is quite special.

To start, the property is family owned. A few years back, the sisters Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas, that have countless unforgettable childhood memories at the Estate, decided to share the property not only with friends, but with outside guests.

They started working and organizing everything, building new rooms and cabins and renovating what needed a fresh look. In no time, they got so much organic press that not only people started reaching out, but also super young companies like Uber and Google decided to host team gatherings and activities during the year.

Below a short video of our experience:

The property is really something! You’ll be able to indulge in their 500 acres with 2 lakes, 2 pools, miles of hiking trails, boats, tennis, basketball courts, football fields, ziplines, and the BLOB.

Lets talk about their accommodations!

They have rooms for every style, pocket and need!

The Bluebird Cottage and the Lakeside Cottage are great for a complete experience. These cottages boast with spacious formats, king-size beds and private patios. Plus, each one has its own cool amenities like full modern kitchen, heated stone floors, fireplace, living room and/or dining area.

In addition, the 10 Sleepy Pine Cottages are under a beautiful cluster of pine trees! It offers one queen or two full size beds, rain shower, Nespresso machine and mini bar. Perfect in size.

Furthermore, the Poolside Cabana is fully equipped with a fireplace, washer/dryer, with access to pool area, patio, outdoor wet bar and refrigerator, gazebo (extra bathroom in gazebo) and it’s also pet-friendly!

The Garden Suite is perfect for families, or for the more demanding couples. It has a fully equipped din-in kitchen, a fireplace with sitting area and a beautiful, large bathroom.

And, their option for Glamping (glamour camping), is called Campstyle. This communal house can host up to 43 people common room seating areas and a kitchen. Don’t worry, the bathrooms are just as nice as the other options above, and also offer complimentary toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and body wash).

Finally, the Rustic Cabins are for people that really have camp roots with bunk beds, ceiling fans and a communal bathhouse. But, they offer fresh linens and towels!

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Now, not many people know or can even imagine how many activities are available at properties upstate.

Cedar Lakes Estate is perfect not only in the summer time, but also during winter.

As they explain:

“Guests have full access to all that the grounds has to offer, including the use of the lakes, pools, hiking and biking trails, bonfire pits, tennis and basketball courts. With outdoor activities like The Blob, “drive in” movies under the stars, and guided yoga classes, we have everything needed for a memorable and refreshing getaway.”

Super cool right?

So if you’re the adventurer type, sporty-type or lets-chill-type, they have it all. Swimming, fishing, countless sports and games – basketball, tennis, volleyball, kickball, softball and football; plus, everyone’s favorite lawn games, like bocce, horseshoes, cornhole and ladder toss. Phiuf! What a list!

Close by the property, you can take some time to explore too. The region offers restaurants, breweries, farms, antiquing, markets, distilleries, artisan shops, ski mountains, and breathtaking hikes.

You might be asking…but what about the food and drinks!?

Where do we begin? We had a delicious, tasty experience and loved it all.

They have a garden where, not only they grow their own produce, but they also host summer outdoor dining experiences.

“Walk into our expansive Chef’s Garden and see where it all begins. The garden charms with its white picket fence and twinkling lights as we bring out the season’s best, harvested right beyond your feet. A 50-person farm table sits on a reclaimed brick patio in the center of the garden for a truly farm-to-table experience under the stars inside this expansive 4,000 square foot wonderland.”

“This Chef’s garden is a testament to our farm-to-table values, as we tailor our crops each season to grow produce specifically for the menus chosen by our clients. Whatever we cannot grow or make ourselves is sourced from our small-town farmer neighbors. We believe that cultivating a network of local purveyors ensures the most outstanding seasonal fare for your event.”

During winter, they put together a Apres CLE Party and some really private Pop Up Dinners that gathers the coolest crowd from NYC and neighbor towns! The menu is to-die-for!

The Apres CLE party is every Saturday, from 12pm – 6pm.

You can expect the grooviest tunes, a group of happy campers, old school toboggans, giant jenga, hot hot hot crackling fires paired with some yummy spiked hot cocoa!

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We all know how cold upstate New York can get, but this party will certainly keep you pretty warm! From entertaining conversations, gorgeous folks and a bonfire pit that will be roaring all day long, you won’t want to leave!

You can also hop inside the Canteen every now and then, for some melty grilled cheeses, fig and brie hot sandwiches and some boozy hot beverages!

If you enjoy it, and still want to hang around for more, don’t forget about their multi-course Pop Up Dinners that happens 1 Saturday every month!

Just so you can get an idea of what these dinners look like, see the menu from our dinner:

  • Amouse Bouche: Roasted breakfast radish, sorrel butter, crispy white anchovy
  • First Dish: Diver scallop carpaccio, cured olive labneh, preserved winter citrus, charred fennel and toasted red millet. For Vegetarians, they substituted the scallops for potatoes.
  • Second Dish: Handmade braised wild boar tortellini, tomato rosemary sugo and fontina fonduta. For Vegetarians, they substituted the wild boar for ricotta.
  • Third Dish: Citrus seared Hudson Valley duck breast salsify 2 ways, braised endives, blood orange and brown butter roasted hazelnuts. For Vegetarians, they substituted the duck for Japanese fingerling sweet potatoes.
  • Grand Finale: Cinnamon panna cotta cardamom roasted persimmon, dark chocolate expresso bean crumble and anise shortbread.
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How much better can this get, right? Super creative, innovative, entertaining, in a breathtaking place with the coolest crowd.

And wait! Last, and definitely not least, if you’re looking for a fantastic spot to organize your destination wedding, Cedar Lakes hosts luxury destination weddings and corporate retreats year round! Stephanie Karavellas actually organized her own wedding at the property, and it was nothing less than perfection.

So, after experiencing it all, we can only say that Stephanie and Lisa have really done an outstanding work. It’s surely all done from the heart and it reflects on every single detail around the property!

Be sure to book your experience and have fun!

Location: 1 Team Usa Way, Port Jervis

http://cedarlakesestate.com

 

Photo Credits: Brian Adamkiewicz from A2ZFilms and our own shots.

A Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller And Travel Expert Named Kristen Kellogg

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Kristen Kellogg, a filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert shares with us her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City. There is nothing better than learning with travel experts, right?

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Kristen Kellogg glamping in Ithaca, New York!

We love all different types of interviews and the ones with travel experts are always quite amusing. We not only love all the tips, but we also end up finding out more secrets about our own beautiful concrete jungle.

Read about Kristen’s explorations and see her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City.


Exploring rugged to refined, filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert Kristen Kellogg has designed her life for life on the road. Her Wanderlust Website + Content Creation Agency, Border Free Travels, produces and shares highly engaging lifestyle stories and brand campaigns through film, photography, and innovative media tied to travel.

Kristen’s work and words have been featured in AFAR, MSN, Refinery 29, Daily Mail, Yahoo, and Travel Channel, and Islands Magazine, among others. Some of her recent clients include Skype, Thailand Tourism, The Outer Banks, Visit California, and Rosetta Stone for whom she produced a new travel video series.

On this adventure, Kristen journeys through Mérida, Mexico getting “Lost With Locals” while touring markets with a local chef, practicing Spanish phrases with strangers, and even picks up some local dance moves.

Kristen lives on Nantucket, has an obsession with cheese, loves talking to strangers – in person and on Instagram, and feels most at home when she’s not.

A Nantucket Island resident, when she’s not on the road, she finds inspiration by literally running around exploring her own backyard. She frequently visits NYC between travels in and out of the country.

So, take a look at her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City:


Helicopter Tours

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“The best views of Manhattan I’ve ever seen were in a helicopter – doors off! Everyone should do this once in their life – I’d go again in a NYC beat.

And we have to agree with Kristen! As we’ve said before, we know we are obsessed with New York City and one of the best views of the city is from high up in the air!

It’s incredible to see our concrete jungle and all the boroughs from this perspective.

Take a look at this Helicopter Tour and book now!


The William Vale

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“Sunset drinks and apps at the Westlight atop The William Vale hotel. This is the best view looking back on the city!”

Brooklyn is certainly the most up and coming area in New York and so much is going on, on that side of the bridge. New restaurants, stores, nightclubs, coffee shops, events, etc!

The William Vale is one of the newest additions to the neighborhood and has become an immediate hotspot.

Its rooftop offers a priceless 360º view where you can see the 5 boroughs.

If you want to stay in one of the trendiest hotels, in a super cool location and mix with an energetic and stylish crowd…then this is the place for you!

Location: 111 North 12th Street

www.thewilliamvale.com


Matcha Bar

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“If you have a thing for matcha and Instagram, you’ll find your prefect match at Matcha Bar, with two addresses in Manhattan.”

Founded by the brothers, Max and Graham Fortgang, in 2014, Matcha Bar is the perfect drink if you’re looking for energy, focus, paired with powerful antioxidants. Take a look at all its properties.

As they explained, they “became fixated on the idea of bringing this ancient tradition into the modern metropolis they call home”. And they did!

Their matcha is sourced directly from an independent family farm in Nishio, Japan.

Locations:
70 Prince Street, SoHo
256 West 15th Street, Chelsea

https://matchabarnyc.com


Miss Paradis

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“I love Miss Paradis in SoHo – prefect for catching up with a friend or two. Nosh on small plates and sip on rose — it adorns the walls of the place. I love the burrata!”

Miss Paradis opened just a while ago, in November of 2016. The place is beautifully designed by Philippe Starck and serves super healthy, seasonal food. The dishes are works of art and creatively presented.

They are well-known for their Rosé labels, so we do recommend trying the cocktails on their list. And, as they say: “don’t expect to skip dessert!”

“Miss Paradis is a timeless temple to the glory of the fruits of Nature.” ~ Philippe Starck, Créateur

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday – Friday: 11:30am – 12am
Saturday: 10:30am – 12am
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:30pm

Location: 47 Prince Street

www.miss-paradis.com


Takoyaki

In New York city, you’ll find surprises around every corner, especially when it comes to culinary treats, such as this popular Japanese snack called “Takoyaki.” What is the most interesting street food you’ve tried?

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“I stumbled on this gem of a Takoyaki stand on Doyers Street in Chinatown. You’ll get hungry watching the video I made (above).”

If you go to New York, you have to be opened to trying the different street food you’ll find along your way. Plus, if they are literally a hole in the wall, it’s even better.

Hidden in one of Chinatown’s most famous streets, Takoyaki opens only for a few hours during the weekends, so you need to be sure to pass by.

What to try? Maybe a little of everything! Their octopus dumpling is on the top of our list. Prices are super fair, so don’t worry.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 5 Doyers Street


KIIN Thai Eatery

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“I’ve traveled three times extensively through Thailand and always have a tough time finding those same tastes in the states. If you want authentic Thai food, KIIN Thai Eatery is IT! Every bite will have your mouth watering. This place is best for atlas for people – you can order half of the menu this way and try it all.”

KIIN, in the Greenwich Village, in Manhattan, serves authentic central and northern Thai cuisine, with recipes that dates back centuries, but are still current.

Ingredients are all very fresh and tasty, challenging everyone’s taste buds and offering a true Thai experience. 

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday & Friday: 11:30am – 11pm
Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Location: 36 East 8th Street

www.kiinthaieatery.com


Sisley Spa

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“If you’re in need of a time out, stop at the Sisley Spa in the Rosewood Hotel and treat yourself to a unique treatment – the Phyto-Aromatic Replumping Youth Facial with Rose. The esthetician gently moves rose quartz around your face – so relaxing I fell asleep.”

Not really a “behind the scenes” experience, but nonetheless, super worth exploring, specially after a long and tiring day exploring New York.

It’s located inside The Carlyle hotel, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Treatments are customized according to you needs and desires, so you’ll be sure to leave completely relaxed and ready for more NYC adventures!

Location: The Carlyle – 35 East 76th Street – 3rd Floor

https://thesisleyspa.com


Thank you, Kristen, for being part of our Insider Interviews and for sharing your 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Belly Adventure, Marky_Marc13 and all the venues.

Mirror Lake Inn: One Of The Best Resorts In The US, In Lake Placid

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Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa was founded in 1926 by the couple Climena Alford, a native of Lake Placid, and her husband, William Rufus Wikoff from Massachusetts. It’s one of the best resorts in the US!

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In no time they transformed an old estate into one of the most high quality resorts in the US.

Therefore, in no time their reputation spread everywhere and attracted wealthy guest from all over the state, and specially from New York City.

The Inn was always involved with sports events where they hosted entire teams. Also, they enjoyed sport-related innovation like the first electric rope-tow, the first snow making machine and the first bobsled run!

With locally sourced, fresh ingredients, they are also famous for their delicious food and treats!

They offer 3 dining options at the resort: The View – Lake Placid’s only AAA Four-Diamond “Exceptional” rated restaurant; Taste Bistro & Bar – serving a casual dinner and cocktails; and The Cottage – a great hangout spot year-round and named one of the top Après Ski spots in North America, by the readers of Ski Magazine!

In addition, they have a fantastic SPA that offers countless incredible treatments like the Vichy Shower and different massages with different purposes. Pamper yourself with the marine-based skincare product line, Phytomer. For the gals, manicure and pedicures are available and for the gentlemen, a variety of services too.

And, of course, pool, sauna, jacuzzi…they have it all! Are you into fitness? You can book your personal trainer and hit the gym at any time!

With extremely comfortable and classically decorated rooms, you’ll certainly feel the nostalgic vibe! Take a look here to see their options.

It’s a 4-5h trip from New York City and definitely worth it!

In addition, they’ve been featured by renowned publications like Condé Nast Traveler, so do check them out if you’re planning an escape up state.

So, we have no doubt that you’ll have the most fantastic and relaxing time at the Mirror Lake Inn.

Enjoy!

Location: 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY

www.mirrorlakeinn.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Mirror Lake Inn

The Luxurious 5 Stars Mandarin Oriental NY

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The rooms at the luxurious 5 stars Mandarin Oriental NY have some of the most amazing views of the city! Not really “behind the scenes”, but definitely worth the post!

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With over 240 suites, the luxury 5 star Mandarin Oriental is just a few steps from Central Park. Its location, at Columbus Circle, is a quite touristy spot but, nonetheless, super high-end.

The hotel offers great dining options and a majestic spa with numerous treatments to make you feel deliciously pampered and relaxed after a long day. Treatments combine both ancient and contemporary techniques are range from Ayurvedic and renewal rituals to bio-radiance, jade stone and proskin brightening facials. The Spa, as it’s called, mixes Eastern influences with contemporary New York touches in their décor.

While Asiate, is their modern American cuisine restaurant, opened for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, The Lobby Lounge is a perfect option for small bites and an afternoon tea. It may be a wise decision to make a reservation to avoid lines.

In addition, their rooms and suites have some of the most outstanding, unique view of our beautiful New York City.

Some of their amenities include: goose down bedding and luxurious linens by Fili D’Oro,  yoga mats, plush terry bathrobes and TV in the bathroom.

Therefore, it’s one of the top options for those seeking an unforgettable experience in New York!

Rates start at around $795/night – low season. For their top suites, you’ll have to contact the hotel for rates, since they are not disclosed on their website.

Location: 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mandarim Oriental NY

The Mark Hotel: A 5 Star Hotel Just Steps Away From Central Park

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The Mark Hotel is housed, as it has always been, in a beautiful 1927 landmark building at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue in NYC. Just steps away from Central Park…

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Housed inside this gorgeous 1927 landmark building, The Mark Hotel is one of the top 5 star hotels in New York City.

But inside, this luxury hotel was completely reimagined and given a new life and identity for the 21st century. We personally love the black and white floors. So chic.

From complementary macaroons by Ladurée to a pet-friendly hotel with dog bed and Woof Woof Kits, The Mark has the French designer’s, Jacques Grange, signature in it!

Oh! And, The Mark Restaurant’s menu, specially crafted by NYC’s pre-eminent chef, globally renowned, award-winning Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is fantastic. The cuisine? French, of course!

In addition, you can start your day with a breathtaking morning run in Central Park, conveniently located just a block away.

When you come back in, you can finish your work out at their gorgeous fitness center. If you want to get ready for your day, just swing by the famous hairstylist, Frédéric Fekkai’s hair salon.

The service? Ah, flawless, of course!

Take a look here, the gorgeous group of Brazilian Bloggers, including Camila Coelho, that have stayed at the hotel. This day, we hosted them on an exclusive NYC Broadway Backstage Experience!

That is to say, if you are interested in learning more about our fantastic and exclusive concierge services in New York, take a look at all the details (here). You’ll find everything from travel planning, personal shoppers, beauty services to private event organization and unique tours & experiences!

But wait! Are you a company looking for assistance for your c-level executives, we can offer you the best (here). Whether you need to organize an event, host clients or ‘wow’ potential buyers, BTSNYC can provide you with exclusive and irreverent ideas.

Location: 25 East 77th Street

www.themarkhotel.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Mark Hotel

Life in Couture with one and only, Maggie Norris 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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“I have an affinity to the Haute Couture craftsmanship because of its unyielding perfection.” ~ Maggie Norris

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).

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 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!

Contacts:

maggienorriscouture.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jan Klier, Capture Fashion and Maggie Norris Couture

The Surrey Hotel in the Upper East Side of Manhattan

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Designed by Lauren Rottet, The Surrey Hotel in the UES was recently renovated and is New York City’s only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel.

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To start, the cost of The Surrey Hotel’s renovation was over $60million. The result? Spectacular, of course!

Build in the 1920’s, it’s one of the most luxurious hotels in town with almost 200 rooms and suites.

“Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities. JFK, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, and other famous faces who recognized the allure of exceptional, discreet service.

Moreover, in re-creating The Surrey, we collaborated with acclaimed interior designer Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio—to maintain the integrity of The Surrey’s history while modernizing New York’s most intimate address. Rottet’s inspiration was a New York City townhouse passed down through the generations.”

In other words, if you have a super high-end lifestyle, but a very low-key mindset, this is the perfect place for you to stay.

You can surely expect a breathtaking experience. We’ll explain:

The hotel offers everything from a fantastic fitness center and spa treatments, to private cocktail experiences and private roof garden.

At the Pleiades Bar, decorated with an art deco vibe (bring us back to Coco Chanel’s time), you’ll be indulged by a unique cocktail experience. Who’s the name behind this all? The famous bartender, Darryl Chan. His Cranberry Granita Champagne Cocktail is a winner!

Here is what Gael Greene, of The New York Times, says about the dining experience:

“If you hunger for constancy and dignity, it’s time for Café Boulud. The big cheese himself, Daniel Boulud, may be downtown at Daniel, on the road peddling his pots, or cooking for charity. He’s given a talented protégé…leave to invent within his café’s stated quartet of themes—tradition, season, market, and a detour to foreign kitchens.”

Lastly, be sure to explore the neighborhood, where you’ll find fantastic restaurants, bar, numerous stores for the shop-a-holics.

And still, you’ll be steps from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the one and only, Central Park and other historical spots.

So, prepare yourself for a fantastic adventure in the Upper East Side of the city!

Want help? Take a look at our Concierge Services and contact us to organize it all for you.

Location: 20 East 76th Street

www.thesurrey.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Surrey Hotel

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 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. 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.”

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!

Locations:
217 Mott Street, Nolita
45 Great Jones Alley, NoHo

www.resurrectionvintage.com

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 shops!

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THIS STORE IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

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

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 and Carine Roitfeld.

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

A little bit more about Rare Vintage:

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

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, this 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, , 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 go to, 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.

Hours:
Check website for further details on each location.

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

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bonpoint

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