Brimming with colorful bolts of fabric, carefully looped skeins of yarn, and rows of sewing provisions, Save A Thon Stores have been supplying New Yorkers with quality crafting necessities since 1973. With fabrics ranging from basic denim to upscale jacquard upholstery cloth from around the world, the shop showcases a range of patterned designs that can be crafted into cozy quilts or a signal to a passing ship that it would have looked better in plaid. Coils of lace ribbons and tubs of colorful beads add a decorative finishing touch to projects, which can be undertaken at home or under the tutelage of the shop's expert crafters during regular sewing classes, while upholstery classes teach students upholstery basics. The teachers are also experts in the Wilton method of cake decorating and can help students artfully embellish cakes and cupcakes with fondant, tiny decorations, and tiny brides and grooms on a dessert destination wedding.
From floor to ceiling, Premier Luggage & Leather Goods is packed with carrying cases of all kinds and tons of accessories with which to fill them. Inside the 25-year-old shop, a wall of backpacks intersects with purses, carry-on luggage, and suitcases from the likes of Samsonite, London Fog, and JanSport. Glass cases shine light on smaller accessories such as converters, adapters, and other doodads that facilitate convenient travel. The leather specialists also repair bags, mending ripped seams or fixing faulty briefcase buckles torn apart by ravenous CEOs.
The third annual Fashion's Night Out lands shoppers amid celebrities, performers, and famous designers as they mingle in one of the world's largest department stores. Over the course of the event, fashionistas can hearken to the soulful sounds of a live performance by critically acclaimed songstress Joss Stone, behold Bobbi Brown as she presents a line of cosmetics, and watch as fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger mystifies all present with his blitz chess prowess. Witness the launch of new fragrance lines and participate in exclusive activities such as trivia and giveaways, all while a radio personality and DJ emcee the event. The after-hours shopping gala takes place in historic Herald Square and sends New York Fashion Week hurtling toward its catwalk-propelled finale in style.
MERCHANT PROFILE: Inside their Greenwich Village studio, artist Jill Fagin and her team of deft artisans transform recycled aluminum into functional art and stylish accessories. Each piece of jewelry, Judaica, and home décor is handmade and carefully combines select metals and colors to create eye-catching items such as bracelets and stemware. Jill began crafting items as a hobby more than 20 years ago, and her products have since sprouted legs and dispersed across the United States, popping up on store shelves throughout the country. The company’s unique designs have also been featured at various distinguished venues, including museum shops, galleries, and in the homes of trendsetting metal detectors.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
The party-loving minds behind Yacht Party Cruises wanted a creative way for locals and tourists to explore a city's late-night atmosphere. Eventually they launched a fleet of luxury yachts into the waters of eight of North America's most lively urban waterfronts. On each vessel, festivities abound as DJs spin everything from hip-hop to Sinatra, inviting passengers to shake a leg in between trips to the full bar or buffet lined with hot appetizers. All yachts boast extravagant details such as wraparound decks, fireplaces, or a glass atrium that hangs above the dance floor offering dancers a direct view of the man in the moon's game of solitaire. Guests can also step onto the decks for fresh air or panoramic views of city's skyline.