Il Buco Vita
Restaurateur Donna Lennard, who owns Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, launches this decor shop, offering one-of-a-kind home accents ($28–$395), kitchenware ($16–$595), antiques ($78–$1,500) and linens ($18–$58), all sourced directly from artisans and crafters throughout Italy. Add old-world charm to your abode with hand-blown wine carafes made from recycled glass ($170), 18th-century hand-painted serving platters from Puglia ($525) and Umbrian recycled-wood cutting boards ($136). Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through January 31. 51 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St, second floor (857-488-5340, ilbucovita.com). By appointment only.
Kempton & Co.
England native Fiona Kempton hand-makes all of the tech-friendly bags ($225–$565) and accessories ($35–$225) sold at her debut store inside an on-site studio, allowing shoppers to commission custom designs ($900–$2,500) and monogrammed leather items ($1 per letter). The equestrian-influenced goods incorporate distressed vintage and reclaimed leathers, as well as heavy waxed canvas for a timeworn feeling. Transport your devices in style with lambskin cross-body carryalls featuring iPad and mobile-phone pockets ($495), tasseled iPad-mini cases ($145) and unisex striped laptop totes made from one-of-a-kind vintage textiles ($365). In addition to the house collection, Kempton stocks an assortment of handpicked accessories from other local and international designers, including Waiting for the Sun wood sunglasses ($175) and Dumbo brand K/ller Collection’s hand-cast brass bangles ($145). 392 Van Brunt St between Coffey and Dikeman Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-596-2224, kemptonandco.com). Tue–Sun noon–6pm.
Sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross open the first NYC shop for their flirty beachwear label. They launched the brand in Hawaii in 2000 after Cabrinha, a competitive windsurfer, became frustrated with the lack of active—but still feminine—swimwear available for women. The company has since expanded to include a selection of jewelry ($50–$2,500), tunics ($200–$300) and lightweight cashmere cover-ups ($200–$500). You’ll find the entire collection at this store, including airy crochet beach dresses ($298), hand-embroidered cotton tunics ($265) and halter bikinis ($184). 1118 Madison Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (646-429-9875, letarteswimwear.com). Mon–Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm.
This Italian eyewear label debuts its first brick-and-mortar shop, hawking vintage-inspired sunglasses ($136–$499) and optical frames ($159–$319) for both sexes. An edited selection of the brand’s 600 models is displayed atop wooden counters that run along the minimalist 4,000-square-foot space, designed in collaboration with Italian architect Andrea Caputo (andreacaputo.com). Even though only a small portion of the frames is showcased, the entire line is available for purchase in-store, so ask if you don’t immediately spot women’s acetate cat-eye frames ($249) or delicate round-lens styles ($209). Men will want to request metal-framed aviators ($209) and ’70s-inspired rectangular specs ($209). 21 Howard St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (646-590-3929, store.retrosuperfuture.com). Mon–Sat 11am–8pm, Sun noon–6pm.
Offering a downtown-chic vibe on the Upper East Side, first-time salon owner Melyssa Hurley emphasizes convenience and customization at her debut spot. The industrial six-chair space offers gratis wine, champagne and tea (in special covered, hair-proof glasses), free access to Wi-Fi, and Nexus 7 tablets at each station loaded with current magazine subscriptions and a hairstyle look book for inspiration. Take a short quiz online before your appointment to be matched with a specialist. Hurley, a veteran stylist who has worked at Aveda for more than ten years, encourages customers to bring their pet or hang out with GusGus, her French bulldog, while settling in for a cut (women $65–$95, men $45–$75), blowout ($45–$65), styling ($55–$100), extensions ($140–$2,200) or color ($70–$220). Pick up the same Bumble and bumble products used during your service, such as Full Form thickening mousse ($29) and Mending Complex leave-in treatment ($34), to re-create your look at home. 1418 Second Ave at 74th St (212-879-1706, thomastaftsalon.com). Mon, Wed–Sun 10am–10pm; Tue noon–10pm.
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