Our two favorite cities just got even better! We’re so excited to be launching our new Gold NYC Metro Cuff and Gold Paris Metro Cuffs! Each gold cuff bracelet is perfectly placed inside a coral and gold embossed gift box.
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Throw on your hats and mittens and explore NYC for the holiday season! Here’s our special blend of culture, food, great walks, holiday markets, serious food, and happenings to make the holiday season in the city awesome!
(It will definitely get chilly and windy on these strolls, so layer up!)
The Promenade – Brooklyn Heights
The Highline – Manhattan from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.
MOMA: It’s the final weeks of the The Matisse Cut-Outs & Robert Altman Retrospective.
New York City has some of the busiest and best holiday markets with local creators, designers and craft makers. This is the source for gifts that reflect New York’s uniqueness.
Grab a hot chocolate while you browse the stalls at any of these markets: Union Square, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park. Our markets may be crowded, but that’s why you are here!
If it’s too cold and you’re ready for Brooklyn, head to the Brooklyn Flea’s indoor location.
New York has so many restaurants, it can be daunting to choose. Here’s a jumping off point! Latest favorites: Vic’s 31 Great Jones St., Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave, Taim 222 Waverly Place, Motorino 349 E 12th St and Ipudo and 65 Fourth Ave.
Go Classic! Visit the Rockefeller Center Tree
You’re not quite on vacation if you haven’t been stopped to relax. We love to chill and people watch at cafes when we travel and NYC is has a vibrant cafe culture. Here’s a list of a few favs: Cafe Grumpy, Blue Bottle, Joe’s,Toby’s Estates, 9th Street Espresso.
The sun may set at 4:45, but the day is not over!
Personally, as a solo traveller I seek out alternatives to bars and go in search of night-life with live music, theater, readings, cinema, and dancing
Does being a part of the play or rummaging through the scenery or appeal to you? It may be a little voyeuristic, but it won’t disappoint.
Sleep no more – sleepnomorenyc.com
Then She Fell – thenshefell.com
Le Poisson Rouge – lepoissonrouge.com
Not a night goes by without a great music, party’s and events at Le Poison Rouge. The atmosphere is always relaxed and most set’s can be paired with dinner and drinks.
The Knitting Factory – bk.knittingfactory.com
Local and World Class music meet in Brooklyn. Oh and comedy too!
The Moth: True Stories told live – themoth.org
If you like “This American Life,” this will be your jam. These themed open mic story telling evenings are sure to entertain. You may even be inspired to tell your own stories.
BAM – bam.org
Head to Brooklyn! BAM’s has rapidly become the gold standard in New York. The holiday season is no exception. There’s everything from the classic American Ballet rendition of The Nut cracker to un-Kosher comedy songs of Jewmonguous!
There’s a something for the art, film, music, and culture lover! It’s worth the trip.
Welcome the new year with a flash of fireworks! Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza (Bundle Up!)
Get all glammed up for a New Year’s Spectacle at Gemini and Scorpio
This is such an exciting time of year in my mind. People decorate their homes, streets and neighborhoods are transformed into magical wonderlands and shops inside and out get decked out for the holiday season.
We were curious about how our favorite shops get ready for holiday shoppers so we decided to ask Ann from Shop 1021 in Logan Square, Chicago to give us an insiders perspective.
1. Tell us about your store, what do you sell, what’s your point of view? Where are you located?
Shop 1021 was named after my favorite apartment from my twenties in West Hollywood…my first really “cool” place with great character. It hosted many good parties and that’s where I really defined my sense of style. The Shop reflects that…character, style and happiness. We are located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
2. Who shops your store?
We have an eclectic group of shoppers. Logan Square is very up and coming so there are a lot of changes happening! The neighborhood has a lot of young families and twenty-somethings but also has a core group of residents that’s been here for years.
3. What do your customers look for in the perfect holiday gift? What makes the perfect holiday gift from a store owner/manager perspective?
Our customers are looking for something unique that screams the recipient’s name. They want it to be special and for it to have meaning. We agree…we think the perfect gift is something that has meaning and has thought behind it…it doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be thoughtful.
4. What is unique about your shop during the holiday season?
We offer after hours shopping. You can grab a bottle of wine and come with some girlfriends to do your shopping in a relaxed atmosphere. We do a few of those a year and it’s always a fun night.
5. If I were to travel to visit your shop what else could I do in the area, especially during the holidays?
Logan Square is known for it’s restaurants…I’d say you could make a fun day of having lunch and a drink and shopping at a few unique stores including our sister store, *play for toys of course!
6. What is your favorite part of the holidays?
I love the mood everyone is in…excited and warm and festive and friendly. We have great customers so we really don’t see the stressed out crazy side of holiday shopping!
7. Do you have any in-store events, giveaways, sales, etc coming up in November and December?
Our big event is Holidays on the Square on December 6th. All of the neighborhood shops and restaurants participate. We have a few pop up shops with a local jeweler and a local baker. Other stores offer trunk shows or special drinks or photos with Santa. It’s a great neighborhood day!
8. Do you offer gift wrapping?
We always offer complimentary gift wrapping (even during the holidays) and this year we added on a service that allows you to bring ANY gift in (no matter where you purchased it) and get it wrapped by our professionals for a small charge.
9. What is your best piece of advice for new retailers having their first holiday season?
Take care of yourself. Eat well. Work out. Try to get a decent amount of sleep. You have to be on your game … this is your season!
10. How do you create a festive holiday shopping experience in your store?
We decorate of course. And have holiday music playing. We sometimes have treats out for customers. And we’re just happy….that makes a big difference!
Shop 1021 is located in Logan Square at 2650 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
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We’ll be exhibiting at Who’s Next – Turkiss Delight next week in Paris! I am so excited especially since I’ve never been to France! The show runs from July 4-7th from 8am-7pm (except Monday which goes until 4pm).
We’ll be in Hall 5 at booth A34, please stop by and say hello!
I’ll be posting about my time traveling around France and Belgium during and after the show!
We’ll definitely be there! Come visit us at booth #1027 inside Gift>It. This will be our first time ever at the National Stationery Show and we are really excited to meet new people and see all the fresh new work. We also have a few surprises in store so if you’ve been waiting for some new products from us then please stop by our booth! The show runs from May 18th-21st, see you there…
We are constantly looking for really interesting things from our favorite spots around the world, and we stumbled upon these amazing London stamps! Take a look at each detailed stamp and the facts about British history!
We love looking at other companies who create a great product or service, and of course, Pinterest is on that list. The San Francisco based company has unique and vintage-esque accents and pieces that make the space pop! Check out the office below:
We’re all for this Pinterest-themed Ryan Gosling meme!
What you create is partially indicative of the environment that it was created in. Pinterest shows a wonderful balance between creative, quirky, and practical elements and decor that really make it one of the more innovative spaces we’ve seen! Want more inspiration? Follow the Designhype Pinterest boards!
All images come from Pinterest’s HQ Board – check it out!
We were at the ID Pop-Up Shop in Chelsea Market last week and had a blast talking with everyone, meeting travelers from Australia to South Korea, native New Yorkers and everyone in between! We had such a successful week that we completely sold out of several products, including our Chrysler key charm!
We’re all set up and ready to go!
Two of our coolest customers! They’re in a band called Boss and Swan!
Getting some illustrating in!
Spotted a really great window display from Anthropologie!
Some awesome artwork in Chelsea Market.
Super delicious pasta for dinner from Giovanni Rana in Chelsea Market! Yum!
If you missed us at Chelsea Market, you can pick up any of our products online and just in time for the holidays! We will be there again from November 4th to the 10th, so make sure to stop by and say hi! We’ll have new cuffs in for cities we haven’t launched yet!
I am absolutely loving the beautiful illustrations of James Gulliver Hancock, an illustrator originally from Australia, currently based in Brooklyn. He’s taken up the task of drawing all of the buildings in New York and I’m amazed at what he’s done so far! Super inspiring.
For more of James Gulliver Hancock’s illustrations, check out his website!