Costanzo Clothing’s professional consultants and tailors help clients create a versatile, personal wardrobe and ensure that each piece fits its owner immaculately. Tailors hand-finish custom-made casual, business, or formal clothing for men and women to each client’s exact measurements, with touches such as adding elastic to the pants of celebrity client Bruce Banner. Costanzo Clothing also supplies clients with fashionable neckties and accessories; made-to-measure women’s clothing by Dara Lamb Couture; cosmetics from Motives; and pretailored trousers, jackets, suits, tuxedos, shirts, and sweaters.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
Karma's Closet curates a stylish selection of consignment men's and women's apparel by brands such as Coach, Free People, and White House Black Market in styles ranging from casual to couture. Shoppers can also find upcycled furniture, designer purses and sunglasses, and jewelry crafted by local female artisans.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.