When PixelModa founders Gil and Jonathan began designing a small line of silicone wristwatches, they had no idea they would eventually be featured in big-name magazines such as O Magazine and Marie Claire. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and garnered a celebrity following for their classic timepieces, and along the way they’ve designed more than a dozen other collections of watches, rings, and, bracelets, which stay true to their minimalist design philosophy. OPS! Flat pieces exemplify this functional aesthetic, with adjustable straps, easily accessed time setters, and a light for telling time at night or when tunneling to the center of the Earth.
Haven Art provides a blend of personalized instruction and open studio time, helping students young and old hone their skills in everything from pottery and stained glass to painting and drawing. Inside its 5,000-square-foot warehouse, the company conducts business among a collection of other studios, and an open floor plan enables creativity to flow freely on waves of inspiration or imaginary lava. For extra doses of motivation, visitors can step inside Haven Art's onsite gallery, which houses handmade pottery and jewelry crafted by local artists.
Founded in 1950 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Giuseppe’s Custom Clothiers recently crossed the Atlantic to outfit New York's dapper set in handmade shirts and suits. A skilled tailor will help clients choose from 2,000 cotton fabrics, take precise measurements, and dispel the misconception that gussets are a French dessert. Precisely fitted and finely fabricated Yorkshire dress shirts flatter the figure and flaunt chosen accents such as cuff, collar, and button-hole color, and the St. George European-style dress shirt complements forms with a sleek cut. Personal monograms can embellish each item of clothing, providing a classy finish and putting an end to strangers calling you Ralph Lauren. Shirts are typically finished within 4–6 weeks, and customers may pick up their garments at the store to ensure a perfect fit, or delivery can be arranged for an additional fee.
Piece of My Art coaxes internal artists out for a night of lady-only drinking and revelry, furnishing painting instruments and a choice from its stockpile of hundreds of pieces of pottery. Ladies saunter into classes armed with BYOB beverages and snacks, where they will share conversation and painting tips with up to 50 women. Add a chromatic splash to holiday gifts, such as a soap dish ($15), spoon rest ($15), or a Geometrix-divided candy dish ($15), or personalize ceramic table wear and household décor, adding pithy sayings to platters ($30–$40), or bedecking a large vase ($45) with surgeon-general's warnings concerning the health effects of flies landing in a venus fly trap. After pieces are fired in a kiln, guests can take their products home to use as precariously fragile frisbees.
The friendly staff of Postersigns.com supplies businesses and individuals with an array of printing options, each executed with a professional gloss. Customers can commemorate cocktail-napkin doodles on heavyweight matte paper ($5.50/sq. ft.), or professionally mount any masterpiece on half-inch wood ($8/sq. ft.) or transfer a work of art-to-canvas ($8/sq. ft.). Glossy vinyl banners ($5.50/sq. ft.) can help parents welcome home prodigal sons or announce evictions of middle-aged ones, and cherished photos can find immortality with either photo gloss or matte ($12.87 for 17” x 22” heavyweight white paper). Keepsake seekers can laminate any worthy achievements ($3–$5.50/sq. ft. for various lamination types), and businesses and charities can get the word out with custom car magnets ($13.20) and striking yard signs ($28 for 18” x 24”) that are easily customized to attract homebuyers. Enhance holiday gift-giving by enlisting Postersigns.com to print custom reams of wrapping paper ($5/sq. ft.) to enshroud personalized gifts, such as monogramed bathrobes or insult-slinging siblings.
A streamlined beauty bazaar with fresh white walls and backlit apothecary shelves, Plumm Shoppe takes pride in pampering passerby persons through upscale beauty products, fragrances, and salon services. Men and women alike can appreciate bristle and blemish busting products from name brands including Art of Shaving (shaving cream: $22), Mario Badescu (drying lotion: $17), and Mason Pearson (boar bristle travel brush: $90). For faces in need of deeper dermal detailing, Plumm Shoppe offers makeovers ($75 for 40 minutes), eyebrow shapings ($25), and eyelash applications ($25), plus a bevy of signature facials infused with products from Cle de Peau ($150), Darphin ($125) and RéVive ($85).