While holiday shopping at the usual department stores can be crowded, it's also tough to find unique gifts at the usual online stores. Fortunately, if you live in a 70 Charlton condo in SoHo, there's a world of original high-end retail directly on your doorstep. This season, take to the streets of SoHo and shop local at these five standout stores and boutiques.
Taschen | 107 Greene Street
The chic midcentury interior of Taschen is conducive to entire afternoons of poring over their stacks of cult and bestselling literature, design and art bibles, and more. Indeed, Vogue once said of this store, "For book lovers who also have a love for design, it's the perfect escape from the city streets." What more calming setting is there to do your seasonal shopping than here, flipping through coffee table tomes like Beyond the Wall and History of Graphic Design and casting your eyes over the blurbs of this year's best sellers? Take your time working out which book best suits which friend. You'd never get this much joy using online booksellers.
MoMA Design Store | 81 Spring Street
MoMA isn't just window shopping for cultural eye candy. At its Spring Street store, quality items, inspired by the gallery's artists and exhibitions, are for sale. Buy your loved ones framed Vasarelys, Pollocks, and Rothkos to hang on their wall (or turn your own SoHo apartment into a miniature MoMA). Illuminate someone's holidays with a Superloon floor lamp. Buy the coffee lover in your life a gleaming Ottagonale pot. Impress any techie you know with an Apple Watch charging dock. Truth be told, you could do all your seasonal shopping here in one fell swoop.
Jacques Torres Chocolate | 350 Hudson Street
If world peace isn't quite achievable this festive season, plenty of New Yorkers will settle for the decadent artisan chocolate crafted by the skilled chocolatiers at Jacques Torres. Huge chocolate Santas and snowmen wrapped in cellophane peer over mountains of seasonal delicacies, including pretzel mint bark and boxes brimming with caramels, pralines, fruit, wine, and tea-flavored chocolates. The Happy Holiday Wicked hot chocolate makes a heartwarming gift, too, for anyone who's dreaming of a sweet Christmas.
Lazaro SoHo | 457 Broome Street
A boutique for the dapper gent with an edge, Lazaro makes the gothic into the chic with its overwhelming range of impressively dark jewelry and accessories. The Lion Crest or White Bronze Gothic Window belt buckles will be striking stocking fillers, as will the sterling silver Fleur-De-Lis cufflinks. As for the KMRii mohair sweater in all its cozy-but-cool glory, it’s something the special man in your life will cherish throughout the chilly season.
What Goes Around Comes Around | 351 West Broadway
As for vintage designer outfits for women, look no further than What Comes Around Goes Around. Here, the well-versed staff will help you select the perfect designer necklace, bag, or gown—with the roster of names including Gucci, Goyard, and Fendi. Here is where you'll find that dress or accessory that no one else in SoHo owns; the catalog, after all, stretches as far back as the 1890s.