Best for emerging designers: The Market NYC

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The Market NYC

1. Avoid the postbrunch crowd
Every weekend for the past eight years, the gymnasium of St. Patrick’s Youth Center in Soho has transformed into a buzzing bazaar, where 45 to 50 local on-the-verge talents gather to sell innovative pieces at uncouturelike prices. The best time to meander through the racks of handmade clothes and table displays of jewelry, bags and scarves after 4pm, when the heat and hype have cooled down.

2. Sport the colors of India
After working in fashion and then finance, Woodstock, NY, native Mia Lara Nathanson left the corporate world to travel through India, where she now secures the stones she uses to create her four-month-old Mia Lara Designs ( jewelry line. “Symbolically, the rich life-force I experienced in India can be seen in the bright, daring stone combinations I choose,” she explains. It’s a principle best exemplified in items like green amethyst teardrop earrings ($75--$215) and gold interlocking-circle necklaces punctuated by dangling smoky quartz ($175). The gold and silver earrings, necklaces and blown-glass earrings top out at $650, and she’ll custom size items for free.
TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through July 31.

3. Become a modern-day aristocrat
As part of her al-Kimiya ( jewelry line, former MTV director of finance Christy Wang sells tiny gold and silver charms ($35--$85) that you can string onto a variety of gemstone-beaded necklaces ($35--$65). What’s cool is that the charms are cast from molds of antique buttons, which were themselves a status symbol reserved for aristocracy in the time of Louis XIV. Choose from designs like the web-spinning spider, which symbolized fate, and the owl, a sign of wealth and wisdom.
TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through July 31.

4. Co-opt the look of an Herms bracelet
Erstwhile fashion photographer Marc Bernstein ( originally created his accessories collection at the behest of stylist Sarah Gore Reeves for a pirate-inspired Vogue En Espaol fashion story. Though he constructed his signature leather-and-braided--chain triple-wrap bracelets ($75--$150) with a “swashbuckling Angelina Jolie” in mind, there’s an undeniable equestrian, Herms-style influence more befitting of Grace Kelly. The accessories can be adjusted for size and shipped free of charge.
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 15 percent off all purchases through July 31

5. Buy yourself something pretty
Prizy Sebastian ( draws on Indian colors to inspire her clothing. The University of Texas design grad constructs feisty A-line cocktail dresses ($150) in jewel-toned polyester fabrics imported from India, as well as romantic babydoll frocks in silk and chiffon (from $300). Sebastian also does alterations for $10 and takes appointments in her studio, where, for an extra $50, she’ll fit you for a custom-made piece.
TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through July 31, at the market and at her Etsy store.

6. Don peacock and ostrich feathers
If you’d rather add small doses of quirk to your wardrobe, opt for Sara Keiser’s dangling reversible peacock-feather and leather earrings ($20--$85) or wild leg warmers fringed with ostrich feathers ($20--$265). Keiser’s Western-inspired clothing label, Box 185 (, evokes Betsey Johnson, featuring one-of-a-kind fitted minidresses ($145--$265) with flared skirts constructed from an unorthodox mix of nylon, shredded tulle and lace.
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through July 31.

7. Eco-friendly tees you can live in
Designer Susanne Schubert’s clothing line, Umsteigen (, is filled with delectably soft T-shirts ($40) that she fashions from bamboo and organic cotton in her Williamsburg studio. Playful renderings of bicycles and umbrellas are individually silk-screened by hand onto a canvas of deep, earthy colors, making your weekend wardrobe of jeans and a tee infinitely more chic yet no less comfortable. You’ll also find the same designs imprinted on short-sleeve dresses ($95) and hooded sweatshirts ($95).
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 15 percent off all purchases through August 15.

8. Clutches made from Philippine palm trees
Instead of relying on python skin or leather, Filipina designer Rezie Asprah crafts her handbags from buntal, the fiber from stalks of talipot palms found in the Philippines, which is commonly used for umbrellas and hats. On top of a hard-case molding, the brilliantly dyed fibers are woven into smooth, bean-shaped clutches ($180--$250). Choose from colors like neon pink or patterns like black-and-white stripes.
TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through July 31.

Postflea: Show off your new purchases under the striped umbrellas of Caf Gitane (242 Mott St at Prince St, 212-334-9552). Make like the models who frequent the French-Moroccan eatery and sip an iced hibiscus tea ($3) as you nibble on tomato bruschetta ($5.50) al fresco.

The Market NYC, 268 Mulberry St between Prince and E Houston and Prince Sts ( Year-round. Sat, Sun 11am--7pm.

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