New York, New York

Dear Friends,

Alex and I just returned from what I think was our 24th trip to the NY Market and it was a complete triumph. This may sound like no big surprise to many of you. How could NYC not be inspiring? But some retail and floral markets are less than amazing to be sure. (Last year was heartbreakingly bad....). I’m here to tell you that the creative genius is alive & well and selling up a storm to one, The Perfect Petal. Here are some highlights, food finds, travel notes and lines to remember that will be arriving in the store. 

TRAVEL TIP: when taking Uber from the airport into the city, make sure you don’t tell the airport policeman that you are riding in an uber. It may result in your nice uber driver named Kalil to be issued 2 tickets and being made an example of while the officer takes 45 minutes to write citations. 

These new coffee and tea mugs are from two of the fantastic handmade ceramic artists we picked up. (Shipping around March!)

In order to see the whole show, I was racing through the Javitz Center buying as fast as I could. The picture below shows entire jewelry collection piled on a pull tray which was left with a card to ship to me. You’ll see it again in real life at Glam Bomb 5 in May! (Stay tuned for the official date...)

TRAVEL TIP: We always go immediately to the bar at Balthazar after the first day of the show and order the steak tartare and frisee salad with poached egg. For 19 years. It’s tradition. The red awning is my source of comfort and I love the waiters white coats and the layered, sugar minted mojitos in the summer time. 

***I also really enjoy The Dutch, Cafe Habana and Raoul’s right around there, and in the summer, the courtyard behind the Crosby Hotel

Men’s jewelry and gear were a theme at market like these cufflinks, dop kits and bowties. We may have bought it all. Thoughtful, artisan, and deeply current made by truly nice human beings.

TRAVEL TIP: we had read the NY Times article about the drama over at Mission Chinese and had to see how they were faring after re-opening last month in the new location. Danny Bowien was walking the floor and had his eyes on everything. Our waiter was without flaw and charming and I loved the art installation in the back. The food was insane. Don’t miss the thrice fried bacon and rice cake and the hallway to the bathroom. The best!

We snagged these oversized edison filament bulbs and colored hardware for event installations and store windows. I was very excited about it.

TRAVEL TIP: Alex wanted to check into some sales in SOHO after work so we stopped by Jack’s Wife Frieda for dreamy little supper. Alex was one of 2 boys in the whole place. So if you like looking at young beautiful women who are lively fashion types then this is your restaurant. 

More to come--- NYC tour (part 2) in the next installment!