The glitzy new gift shop at The Ritz
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Color, color, everywhere. The new sunglasses are bold and bright. These high-end colorful luxury sunglasses are manufactured by Face à Face of Paris, which also designs fine optical wear, worn by—who else—leading celebrities and other tastemakers. But don’t let that
dissuade you from purchasing a pair.
➤ $275-$330 (right) Greenwich Optics, 9 W Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT (203) 552-830 I Fetish Optique, 1 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville (914) 773-1641 Scarsdale Eye Care, 8 Spencer Pl, Scarsdale (914) 472-2020
➤ $275-$330 (right)
Greenwich Optics, 9 W Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT (203) 552-830
I Fetish Optique, 1 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville (914) 773-1641
Scarsdale Eye Care, 8 Spencer Pl, Scarsdale (914) 472-2020
This whimsical home accessory is created with galvanized wire and glass beads. The decorative item (not intended as a toy) will make any tablescape come alive. It measures 7 x 9 x 4 inches. Hand-made by African Allsorts, an artisan development project in South Africa, it's great for the kitchen or bath. Available at a Westchester-based website.
➤ $21 (left) hbfhome.com (845) 276-1234
➤ $21 (left)
All-purpose wine glasses, by glass-blowing artist Lynn Everett Read, are also great for the collector or for decorative touches.
➤ $210 each (right)
JEMS, 25 Parkway, Katonah (914) 232-2900
How can one resist these booties, crafted in the USA by Wiggy Studios. Available in sizes newborn to toddlers
➤ $34 (left) Cozy Cottage 657 E Main St Mount Kisco (914) 666-5119
➤ $34 (left)
657 E Main St
They say the Devil wears Prada, but you will too when you get your hands on these pink-and-green accented peep-toe Prada heels.
➤ $590 (right)
2 E Maple Ave, White Plains
jingle jangle bangles
Wrist candy: these packed-with-color handmade resin bangles by Carlos Sobral are hip and cool, and really light. Available at a Westchester-based website.
➤ $38 each (left)
Putting On The Ritz
Ritz CarltonWestchester Signature Shoppe
3 Renaissance Sq, White Plains (914) 467-5887
Like hotel restaurants, hotel gift shops usually get a
bad rap. But leave it to the Ritz-Carlton to change all that with its two acclaimed new eateries (42 and BLT Steak) and its new Westchester Signature Shoppe, opened mid-December. If you’re imagining the utilitarian space you’d see in a Holiday Inn, with its stock of tacky T-shirts, cheap little tchotchkes, and forgotten Advil, think again.
The Ritz-Carlton is worth a visit for this gift shop alone. Going far beyond all that standard hotel gift shop fare (which of course it does have), The Signature Shoppe offers a parade of luxurious labels—Gucci, Bugatchi, Bvlgari, Lacoste, and Labruche—as well as a special line of clothing and accessories that feature this hotelier’s own logo. Tucked off to the left of the main lobby and featuring rich dark wood paneling and plush carpeting in periwinkle blue and cream, the shop’s selection of tempting goodies for pampering weary travelers, thanking hostesses, or feathering one’s nest, rivals that of the finest traditional gift boutiques.
Steer your visiting friends and family to the Ritz (“You’ll be so much more comfortable there than on our creaky old sofa bed!”) and you might be rewarded with a hostess gift you really want, like L’Objet tabletop and decorative home items ($95-$500), Gucci and Christian Dior sunglasses ($250-$600), Bond No. 9 perfumes ($120-$195), fine papers by Vera Wang ($15-$35), woven leather handbags by Helen Kaminski ($200-$600), and a full line of scented candles and accessories by Labruche, Voluspa, and Archipelago ($7-$100). But who says you have to wait for company? Pop in to treat yourself to a little (or big) something, seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm.