Valentine's Day shopping made easy
Wed Feb 11 2009
Olia Design necklace
La Perla lingerie
Valentine's Day may very well be a made-up holiday fabricated by Hallmark just to piss you off, but if you're in a relationship, you still have to buy a gift. Make the best of it by supporting local artists and picking up limited-edition one-of-a-kind wares from this indoor indie-artist-and-designer market. Last-minute deals include Olia Design "make love" and "kiss me" hand-stamped sterling-silver necklaces, trimmed from $69 to $49; and Clarebare organic cotton ruffle bloomers, snipped from $30 to $24. 129 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-541-5760). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Sat 14 noon--8pm.
La Perla Gentlemen's Event for Valentine's Day
Guys don't mind shelling out a few bucks for sexy lingerie because they're the ones who ultimately get the gift. Good news for them: This underpinning store is offering a 30 percent discount on any purchase, a complimentary scotch bar and gorgeous models showing off the latest La Perla styles. (Don't worry, we won't tell your girlfriend.) Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St (212-753-4000). Subway: B, D, F, V to 47--50th Sts--Rockefeller Ctr. Fri 13 5--8pm.
Happy Valentine's Day from Alexis Bittar
Attention, clueless boyfriends! Still scratching your head trying to figure out what to get your sweetie for Valentine's Day? You can't go wrong with one of the art-object accessories from Alexis Bittar. Bring in a photo of your significant other, and Bittar and his team will help you find the perfect gift. The jewelry designer will also be on hand to make personalized inscriptions on his signature Lucite pieces, like his colorful bangles ($60 to $400). In honor of St. Valentine, Bittar will be serving complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and is also offering gratis gift wrapping and 20 percent off any purchase made at the event. 353 Bleecker St between Charles and W 10th Sts (212-727-1093, alexisbittar.com). Subway: 1 to Christopher St--Sheridan Sq. Thu 12 5--8pm.
Hanky Panky pop-up store and sale
Sexy underpinning and luxe lingerie will be on hand (at up to 50 percent off!) at this pop-up shop created specifically for Valentine's Day. Stop in on Thursday 12 for a "Wine and Lace" party for complimentary cocktails, discounted goods and music all night. 145 W 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (thesavvy.com). Wed 11--Fri 13 10am--8pm.
Housing Works vintage sale
Shop for a cause this Valentine's Day at Housing Works' monthly vintage blowout. Gobs of preloved designer goodies are up for grabs at drastically reduced prices from covetable names such as Sonia Rykiel, Gucci, Emilio Pucci and Chez Ninon. As always, all proceeds go to services for homeless and low-income people living with AIDS. 157 E 23rd St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-529-5955). Sat 14 10am--6pm.
Patricia Field Fashion Week Valentine's event
Here's another chance to see hot women strut their stuff in barely-there lingerie. Funky designer Patricia Field is holding a joint Fashion Week/Valentine's Day soiree at her shop with special guests Amanda Lepore, Michael Musto and a burlesque fashion show from Dirty Dolls Lingerie. Stop in to check out the show (it's free!) or pick up some last-minute Valentine's Day gifts. 302 Bowery at 1st St (212-966-4066). Sat 14 4--6pm.