More shops for gifts in Chelsea
A former marketing consultant to TOMS Shoes, Rachel Shechtman taps her shopping savvy as the purveyor behind this spacious boutique. The store houses a rotating collection of unique wares from a balance of local companies and well-known brands. Designed to mirror the editorial style of a magazine, Story will have Shechtman collaborating with guest curators and architects every four to six weeks to reinvent the merchandise and decor with a fresh theme (February’s is, aptly, love). Bestow your Valentine with this month’s picks, including JAMBOX wireless speakers ($179), Vosges gourmet chocolates ($4) and Simon Alcantara gold hoop earrings ($460). Shechtman also plans to host a series of free and paid lectures, film screenings, concerts and special events each month, turning Story into a cultural center for neighborhood locals.
This retailer’s multiple weekend run at various locations allows any impatient DIYers to grab creative handmade presents from more than 50 talented fashion, beauty and lifestyle crafters for everyone on your list or, hell, yourself. In the past, patrons have gone home with free goody bags of products, coupons and surprises from the vendors and sponsors. During certain weekends, folks can enjoy cocktails and pose for selfies in the holiday photo booth while they shop.
Stationary. A lot of it. In the custom printing section, on-site graphic designers can honor your wishes for letterhead adorned with colored inks, pearlized paper and your fave images. There’s also a letterpress printing service offering exclusive designs for your change-of-address announcements. Of course, you can also pick up personalized basket-weave notebooks ($10–$13), frames ($5–$68) and paperweights ($32) to beautify your desk. Various other locations.
Venture past the chocolates and you'll find a collection of books, toys and novelty items like stuffed animals.
Perfect your present with the most lovely gift wrapping-paper and ribbons, found at this craft store.
This concept shop is filled with pricey unusual objects and limited-edition art. Located on the ground floor of the HL23 building on the High Line, each collection lasts a couple of years. Dutch designers Studio Job curate Collection 1, which includes a mix of pieces made exclusively for Chamber. New items will enter the shop over the course of the run, including fragrances by Julian Bedel of Argentine perfumery Fueguia 1833 ($350) and Dystopian Brutalist shirts by Martijn van Strien ($185). Want more info on the products? Check out the collectible hardcover book ($100), which tells the history behind each piece.