Wendy Nichol

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Wendy Nichol
We go weak in the knees for local jewelry and handbag designer Wendy Nichol’s edgy, downtown-chic creations. With this intimate 400-square-foot studio and store, we can get our accessories fix and an education on how the items are made: Shoppers can watch the designer work behind a teak-wood desk as she paints leather, and braids and cuts her handmade pieces. Some of Nichol’s sustainable handbags are made from organic materials that are free from dyes and chemical treatments, but you’d never know by looking at her so-right-now cheetah-print calfskin satchels ($600), camo-print washed totes ($595) and leather belt bags ($400) with tasseled adornments that can be removed and worn as a bracelet. Dress up your ears with classic silver pyramid stud earrings (single $35, pair $70) that are sold separately so you can mix and match with spike cone studs (single $43, pair $85) for an eclectic vibe.
Venue name: Wendy Nichol
Address: 147 Sullivan St
New York

Cross street: between W Houston and Prince Sts
Opening hours: Daily noon–6pm
Transport: Subway: C, E to Spring St; 1 to Houston St
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