Just Shades clothes bashful light bulbs in ready-to-wear or custom lampshade garments. Hard-back shades come with fabric or paper exteriors that are laminated or tacked onto a card backing and that can fit in with the sleek, modern décor of a prefab home or a space station built by dolphins. Choose from a smorgasbord of hard-back options, including square shades with eggshell-colored crystal-pleat frocks that accent their curvaceous silhouettes (3.5'x5'x5', $36), and cowhide empire shades (4'x8'x6.5', $34). Or opt for a traditional soft-sided shade, such as a silk-string empire shade with a burgundy hue to match the wine served at monthly Fisher-Price Fan Club meetings (3'x6'x5', $36).
According to Esquire, every man should have a nose-and-hair trimmer in his medicine cabinet—specifically, the discreet, bullet-shaped one from The New York Shaving Company. This item, along with several other locally produced grooming products, have earned accolades from publications including the New York Times and GQ Italia. The craftsmen who manufacture these tools follow Old World techniques, whether aligning badger hairs into rounded shaving brushes or sharpening blades on Michelangelo's rock-hard abs. As a complement to its retail operation, The New York Shaving Company hosts two tonsorial parlors in Manhattan. Here, expertly trained barbers administer grooming services such as close shaves, haircuts, beard trims, and skin treatments. They also accept dull blades for sharpening and teach classes that reeducate men in the art of shaving. During these sessions, men learn how to prevent redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs, which are all common side effects of shaving with an old credit card.
Versani jewelry has been spotted on the bodies of celebrities, as well as across the pages of popular fashion magazines such as In Style, Glamour, and GQ. Born in Liberia, Africa, Ara–Versani's founder and lead designer–didn't move to the U.S. until 1985. And, it wasn't until 1992 that he began showcasing his work at trade shows. Since those humble beginnings crafting pieces in a SoHo loft, Ara's career has sparkled as brightly as the rings, bracelets, necklaces, and timepieces that adorn Versani's display cases today. The store's success has also led to additional locations, including a second one in New York and one in Miami's South Beach.
20x200 is an online gallery, connecting shoppers to an eclectic selection of limited-edition artwork from emerging and established virtuosos. Though the collection is in constant flux, its artist alumni list includes celebrated photographer William Wegman, vibrant painter Carrie Marill, and art-pop cognoscente David Byrne. All prints—available in numerous sizes and with or without frames—arrive packaged with signed certificates of authenticity, artist bios, care instructions, and the power to stop home-burglars in their tracks.
Featured in Women’s Weekly and Harper’s Bazaar, Browhaus is an international chain that imbues faces with minimalist aesthetics while expertly forming brows into fetching face buffers. Having trained for eight weeks in Singapore, the skilled staff of brow architects deftly adds sleek sheen to frontispieces of women and men. Each eyebrow-shaping thread and tweeze ($20) works to achieve the most flattering shape for arching disdainfully. In addition to sporting brows that are cleaner, shapely, and defined, an upper-lip threading ($7) removes unwanted fuzz and paves the surface for dashing milk mustaches.
CLOS Wine Bar owner and certified sommelier Mine Ayberk personally chooses every option on the bar's wine list, focusing especially on Old World, single-vineyard wines. As it turns out, Ms. Ayberk's selection has more wines than her bar has seats. With enough space for just under 20 guests, CLOS carries an intimate aura, surrounding visitors with warm tones, handcrafted finishings, and works from local artists. Clambering across the hardwood floors, the CLOS staff doles out specially prepared gourmet plates designed to enhance the wine-drinking experience. But much like its owner, the bar's staff members aren't just shadows in the background: each is a certified sommelier, and each speaks multiple languages. This means guests can enjoy some European pizzazz without having to join a pen-pal program for adults.