This Japanese gift shop has to be seen to be believed—it seems like there’s nothing you won’t find in this spacious emporium. The simple interiors of Kiteya, whose name translates as “please come in,” allow the vibrant, cheerful stationery, jewelry, bags, clothing and home decor to shine. Ironwork frame art depicting cherry blossoms, clouds and autumn leaves, and pink-and-peach striped linen covering the sky windows (meant to mimic how women traditionally hung dried-silk dyed kimono fabrics), lends the boutique’s decor an authentic touch. Ninety-five percent of the merch hails from the mother country, with a good deal of it coming, more specifically, from owner Yumi Iida’s hometown of Kyoto. Treat yourself to some small cheapies, like printed handkerchiefs ($9–$11), plastic striped rings ($10) and Yumemiya cosmetic pouches with quilted flowers made from vintage kimonos ($13). Guys can get in the samurai spirit with Geta wooden clog sandals ($45), sold with Tabi thong-toed socks ($8–$13) for winter wear. Hasegawa Shojudo hand–screen-printed washi papers come in a variety of cards, wallets and cases ($5–$15)—even as a darling pair of fan-shaped dangling earrings ($30). The back room is reserved for more high-end items, such as preworn kimonos ($100–$3,000) and pillows fashioned from obi sashes ($160–$250). But we fell hardest for artist Ruby Sky’s gorgeous hydrangea flower-cluster candles ($25).
464 Broome St
|Cross street:||between Greene and Mercer Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sun 11am-7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Spring St; R, W to Prince St.|