24 Purchase St, Rye (914) 481-5894
After years outfitting clients for special events at exclusive fashion boutique Richards in Greenwich, Mamaroneck resident Angela Guitard decided the high-end market was missing a boutique offering chic, casual clothes and more formal attire. “We target women from ages thirty to sixty and their daughters,” she says. “We’re a little edgy.” The carefully edited selection of sophisticated labels, many exclusive to the store, include gem-embellished Canfora sandals ($315-$395) from Italy and colored knitwear by Chris Benz ($495-$1,000). Prices range from $50 for a T-shirt to $1,500 for a cocktail dress.
The Benefit Shop
720 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills (914) 864-1919
When she lost her job on Wall Street a few years back, Pam Stone of Needham & Company thought it was time to do something charitable. Two years in the making, this upscale thrift shop is chock full of fabulous finds from nearby homes and estates (a four-week test run raised a whopping $45,000 for Northern Westchester Medical Center). “We’re like a Madison Avenue antiques store on steroids,” says Stone of the nearly 3,000-square-foot showroom. Don’t have any heirlooms of your own? Adopt some from The Benefit Shop. And best of all? Proceeds benefit a host of local charities.
Green With Envy
475 Main St, Armonk (914) 765-0002
If you’d rather not blow the mortgage payment on the latest “it” bag, check out this new boutique showcasing discounted designer-brand handbags, scarves, wraps, jewelry, etc. By buying up designer closeouts—merchandise made for but not all purchased by such high-end stores as Bergdorf’s and Barney’s—directly from the manufacturers, the shop is able to pass substantial savings on to its customers. While not permitted to disclose in print the names of specific designers, manager Sara Grossman says, “You will be able to recognize many of the pieces we carry.”
Twisted Bit Saddlery
333 Central Ave, Scarsdale (914) 437-7577
Launched recently by Danny Riley, former manager of Horseman’s Quarter in Eastchester, this equestrian shop is a welcome new addition to those who love to ride horses. “We service anyone from kids who ride once a week all the way to professionals who do fifty shows a year,” says Riley. Popular items include KEP helmets ($549), Ariat boots ($80-$900), and show shirts from RJ Classic and Grand Prix ($90-$400). Prices run the gamut and top out at $4,000 for leather saddles imported from Europe.