Top Designers and Designer Replicas

February 2, 2007 at 5:08 pm 3 comments

While on the Upper East Side, we noted that Madison Avenue, just a block or two east of the Met, was a mecca for upscale designer shops. Sonya Rykiel, Prada, Dolce & Gabana and more. We would have loved to browse, but our one-day agenda didn’t leave time. We did, however, stop in a vintage clothing store at 1132 Madison Avenue called Encore. Small but nice selection. If you like browsing vintage, you can find innumerable vintage shops in New York.

From there we asked directions of a passerby to the subway. We’d never taken the New York subway before and found it to be easy, efficient and inexpensive. I believe a one-way ticket was just $2. You have to purchase from a vending machine. We were headed south from 86th Street to 30th & Broadway. Along the way we had to transfer trains at 59th Street. Not a big deal. Just follow the signs. The trains were clean, well lighted and not particularly crowded midday. We felt comfortable.

Brighton, Costume Jewelry and Fragrances. We headed to 30th and Broadway, where I was told we’d find purse vendors ala Canal Street. We didn’t. But there were dozens of small costume jewelry shops and some with knock-off purses. We weren’t interested in costume jewelry and weren’t too impressed with the purse selection — didn’t appear to have any “back rooms” with the better choices. But I did run across a very nice luggage set that was a close replica of Brighton. $80. Well-made, lots of interior and exterior pockets. The smaller piece fits nicely over the extension handle of the larger piece.Matching 2-piece travel set — a good Brighton replica I’ve always loved Brighton luggage and was not going to miss this opportunity to own some — even if it didn’t have the Brighton name on it. Brighton bags of this size sell for $500 and I know I’ve seen some knock-offs in Florida $200-$300. This was my “find” of the trip at Queen Bag, 1265A Broadway.

30th and Broadway also has a number of perfume and fragrance stores — not street vendors like Canal Street. My to-do list included stopping in the Perfume Americana Wholesale store at 1216 Broadway (at 3oth). Good sized store stacked to the ceiling with brand name fragrances. Prices look very good, but we didn’t buy any that day. A number of other perfume shops were also located nearby. Apparently, this is the “perfume district.”I must admit, we were not entirely comfortable at 30th and Broadway. Kind of seedy, but lots of people and lots of shops.

Another subway ride (or two). We were now headed further south to Canal Street. Got back on the subway. After one or two stops, I noticed the street numbers were going up, not down. Wrong way! We got off, crossed over to the southbound platform and easily got on our way. Not a big deal, but it does help to pay attention.

We spent an hour or two on Canal Street, following street vendors down several blocks to their hidden show rooms. Didn’t see much new this time. Buy my friend, Sandy, did find a nice purse.

Il Palazzo for Dinner. After that we walked a few blocks over to Little Italy for dinner. Dozens and dozens of restaurants, all with menu boards out on the sidewalk and many with waiters out there trying to lure you in. We picked one with a Zagat rating on its sign. Il Palazzo at 151 Mulberry Street. The food was extremely good as was the service. Our waiter even poured a complimentary glass of wine for us after dinner. Our bill was about $60 for the two of us.

By then it was after 6 in the evening and we hailed a cab back to the airport. Unfortunately, while we were shopping, East Coast air travel had been hindered by fog. Both inbound and outbound flights for all airlines were greatly delayed. Our Midwest flight was the last of the evening and delayed our departure by about 2 hours.

A New York day trip makes for a long day. You need a tight agenda with a focus on what you want to do most. But it is so worth it!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fragrances  |  June 19, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Have you guys considered a trip to Atlanta? It’s a bit warm this time of year, but the city offers a lot of options. Kids will enjoy Six Flags, with the new addition of a water park inside the theme park. The Metro, an above ground rail system makes it easy to get around. There are a number of fantastic restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory and the home of the Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two KK donuts. Downtown there is the Atlanta Underground, a collection of specialty shops built in an old underground rail station, and this is only a short walk from our two biggest attractions, the biggest aquarium in the world, and the new World of Coke. Finally, there’s Brave’s baseball – tickets are very reasonable, and the Turner Field itself is an amazing experience –, and the CNN center. I suppose it isn’t New York, but it makes for a very full itinerary.

  • 2. oil paintings art  |  August 29, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Great finds! Your travel through the subway, though it’s your first time, was all worth it. I remember my aunt who is also a shop-a-holic. She would always go through the road-never-taken places in the downtown just to look for her must-have bags and accessories.

  • 3. canvas paintings  |  June 9, 2008 at 1:03 am

    I hope you won’t mind if I request for one thing – Is it possible for you to feature one place that is perfect for summer, winter, Christmas, and other occasion? I’m sure there is this one place that it super perfect for a particular occasion. Also, would you mind giving a tip like tip on packing, tip on renting a van, etc.


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