24 hrs in Soho

Because NYC is so big and offers so many options, I will continue writing guides by Neighborhood. This time is about SOHO.

If you like yoga, I suggest you start the day taking a class at Yoga Works  – 459 Broadway. You can pay the class or benefit from their free trial too. They have showers there so you can leave feeling fresh and energyzed.

For breakfast there are many options around.  If you feel like brunching I suggest you go to Balthazar or Delicatessen. But if you just want to grab a bite on the go, the best options are Dean and Delucca that has great bakery and coffee. Another option are the different food trucks parked around, they offer everything from empanadas to cupcakes. Or head to Uniqlo were you can start your shopping while sipping on your cappuccino –they have a Starbucks in the store for your convenience.

For me Soho is meant to be walked at a calm pace because every single block is filled with surprises. But just as a guide I am listing here some of my favorite shops:

For high end designer:

  • Prada: The store has being recently redecorated and is beautiful.
  • Saint Laurent: Recently opened. Worth checking it out.
  • Kirna e Zabbette: My favorite store in Soho. Mix of designers, high end and independent. Very well curated stuff.

For Vintage:

What goes around comes around: Has the best variety under one roof and everything is certified authentic.

For cool fashion:

Superga: The new kid on the block, very cool ambiance.

Converse: They offer personalization available for your sneakers.

For your house and lifestyle:

– Muji: Big store here, everything they offer for your house or travels is convenient and unique.

–Moma Design Store: Another favorite of mine, I can spend hours here.

– Sur La Table: Great store for foodies and chefs.

For Funky things:

–Plyones: Lots of variety for kids an adults. Fun store to visit.

For books:

–Mc. Nally: One of my favorite bookstores in USA. Even though is not big,  has a great variety of books and magazines and some documentaries and films too. They also offer the service of printing books, if the one you are looking for is not available.

After all this shopping you can head to lunch to Mercer Kitchen or Delicatessen. They both offer comfort delicious food.

Strolling around you can head to the Team Gallery, that keeps an outstanding exposition of a variety of contemporary artists.

Afterwards I suggest to go try to Marie Belle Chocolaterie, the place is beautifully decorated, the owner has only two in the world – the other one is in Kyoto. This is the perfect place to get presents for your friends and family back home. Not only the quality of the chocolate is superb but the packaging is beautiful.

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At night you can have dinner at the Dutch, by Andrew Carmellini– lately my favorite restaurant in Soho- the menu is very well presented, the little oysters sliders are my choice always. The mushroom soup and the duck are hard to miss. The pies are memorable.

If you are more in the mood for a bar I recommend Pegu Club, has a wide menu by an expert mixologist and the music is perfect for a relaxed evening.

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Vintage Shopping Address Book

London:

 

Alfies Antique Market: 13-25 Church St, London NW8 8DT, GB

www.alfiesantiques.com

Camden Market: Camden High St, London NW1 8NH, GB

www.camdenmarket.com

 

Paris:

 St Ouen Market: 143 Rue Rosiers

Open only: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com

Didier Ludot: 24 Galerie Montpensier – Jardin du Palais Royal

75001 Paris

www.didierludot.fr

Madrid:

 Pepita is dead: Calle del Dr. Fourquet, 10. Madrid

 www.pepitaisdead.es

Corachan y Delgado: Calle Vicente Martin Arias 26. Madrid

Milan:

 Mania Vintage: Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 11, Milan

Humana Vintage: Via Capellari, 3, Milan

Berlin, Barcelona and Vienna:

 Humana Vintage (look for locations on internet)

 New York:

 Ina Soho: 101 Thompson Street

What Goes Around: 13-17 Laight St.

Cadillac’s Castle: 333 E 9th street

Los Angeles:

 Decades Inc: 8214 Melrose Place Ave

Shareen Vintage: 1721 N Spring Street

Tokyo:

Rag Tag: 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya

www.ragtag.jp/english

 

Amore Tokyo: 5-39-2 Jingumae, Shibuya

www.amoretokyo.com

Hong Kong:

Once Style: 1/F 80n Wo Lane, Sheung Wan Hong, Kong

www.oncestyle.com

Miami and West Palm Beach:

 Palm Beach Vintage: 3623 So Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Back on the Rack: 219 S Olive Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33401

pbbackontherack.com

Consign of the Times: 1935 West Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

consignofthetimes.com

Buenos Aires:

 Juan Perez Vintage: M. T. de Alvear 1441, Recoleta.

Portobello Vintage: Paraguay 1554, Recoleta.

Sao Paulo:

Popchic: Galeria Ouro Fino, Rua Agusta, 2694

ONLINE SHOPPING

www.therealreal.com

www.designer-vault.com

www.yogiscloset.com

www.fashionphile.com

CHANEL:

Before 1986 – No Serial Numbers

1986-1988 –  7 digit serial number sticker starting with a 0

1989-1991  – 7 digit serial number sticker starting with 1

1991-1994 –  7 digit serial number starting with 2

1994-1996 –  7 digit serial number starting with 3

1996-1997 –  7  digit serial number starting with 4

1997-1999 –  7 digit serial number starting with 5

2000-2002 – 7 digit serial number starting with 6

2002-2003 –  7 digit serial number starting with 7

2003-2004 –  7 digit serial number starting with 8

2004-2005 – 7 digit serial number starting with 9

2005-2006 – 8 digit serial number starting with 10

LOUIS VUITTON:

Louis Vuitton made in the early 1980’s had three or four digits only and

Louis Vuitton made in the late 1980’s had three or four digits followed by two letters. Some vintage handbags have one letter followed by 5 digits

Date codes were only widely used after the 1990’s.

Date codes since the 1990’s consist of two letters followed by four numbers. The first two letters tell you the country where it is made and the numbers tell you the month and year it was manufactured.

For definItion of letters*:

France: A1, A2, AA, AO, AC, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, FR, MB, MI, NO, ND, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI, VR

USA: FC, FH, FF, LA, OS, SD

Spain: CA, LO, LB, LM, LW

Italy: CE, MA, SA

Germany: LP

Since January 2007, Louis Vuitton has yet adopted another serial number reading system. Instead of first and third digit being the month, it now means the week of the year the bag was made. For example, VI 2007 translates “Made in France 20th week of 2007 meaning around the third week of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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