A family-owned business for more than 39 years, Matted and Frame Art personalize each customer interaction by custom fitting and designing frames for artwork, photos, and more. Just like purchasing a fashionable circus tent, the price goes up with size increases—a typical 8”x10” custom frame is $75. Stock frames, such as an 8"x10" preschool-diploma holder, run at $17.50, and a 16"x20" best-friend tribute collage outliner is $27.50. Frames come with all conservation materials, including glass matting, backing, and black-metal moulding on stock frames to be sure that art is preserved long after the walls it hangs on are rendered useless by holograms.
Esquire offers men's suiting, denim, golf wear, and leather goods with an expert staff and tailor on-site. Wool and linen suits from Canali ($1,200), jackets from Burberry ($395), and sports jackets by Versace ($595 and up) transform average Joes into above-average Joes. Casual fashions, such as denim from 7 For All Mankind and an impressive inventory of iron-free Eton-brand shirts ($160–$250) ensure a dapper look for all occasions, including the anniversary of Anthony Hopkins becoming a U.S. citizen. Festoon feet with canvas boat shoes from Lacoste ($95 and up) or leather loafers from Cole Haan ($130–$215) and Bally.
Restless fingers find a place to settle down at Annie & Company Needlepoint and Knitting's homey brownstone on the Upper East Side, where resources for making functional, soft art fill the entire 3,000-square-foot studio. Yarns harvested from soft mammals and fibrous plants spill out from baskets on the first floor, overwhelming knitting needles as large as 40 inches and colorful notions from Susan Bates and Clover. Upstairs, a sunny window illuminates a wooden table suitable for stitching or sipping tea, surrounded by hand-painted needlepoint and cross-stitch canvases hung salon style.
The staff of expert craftsmen shares knowledge with groups and individuals through project-based classes, and has invited yarn designer Debbie Bliss to contribute her elaborately spun falsehoods and professional insight to the discussion.
Dell Williams, founder and groundskeeper of Eve's Garden, has stocked her discreet boutique with erotic and sensual wares since 1974. An advocate for women's sexual freedom, Dell has written pieces that have made their way into the filing cabinets at Cornell University, and her acting talents have graced stages in productions of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. The shop's shelves reflect her celebration of female sexuality with vibrating and inert accessories and books by Vibratex, We-Vibe, and Je Joue that enlighten ladies as to their bodies' capacities for pleasure. Located on the 12th floor of a midtown Manhattan office building, Eve's Garden proffers a private shopping experience away from the prying eyes of street-level pedestrians and judgmental pigeons.
In less than 1 square mile of Manhattan real estate, representatives from the world’s greatest fashion houses flock to the show rooms, sewing houses, and fabric stores that earned the neighborhood its alluring nickname—the Garment District. This is where shoppers will find Better Choice Fabrics, a store bustling with a menagerie of fabrics, including striking chiffons, intricate brocades, and gossamer-like lace. Amid multihued displays, customers snatch up textured cloth for their burgeoning projects, pore over sequined fabrics, or arrange bridal veils across foreheads or over life-size pictures of their soon-to-be-wed cockatiels.