SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains (914) 946-0604
Founded in Italy in 1927, Salvatore Ferragamo, a third-generation, family-owned company, recently opened shop at The Westchester. The shoe company is known for its classic, elegant and traditional (never trendy) designs and quality craftsmanship. In addition to its signature footwear—e.g., leather-and-patent spectator pumps and black patent ballerina flats for women ($470 and $430, respectively), and leather, suede, python, and crocodile loafers, moccasins, and lace-ups for men ($495-$1,800)—Ferragamo offers accessories such as a black Saffiano calfskin handbag ($1,050), wallets and other small leather goods ($115-$1,050), reversible leather belts ($230-$320), sunglasses ($255-$355), floral and animal-print silk scarves ($245-$270), and shearling-trimmed leather and cashmere-and-wool coats ($3,400 and $3,570, respectively).
LUISA NEW YORK 42 Memorial Plz, Pleasantville (914) 741-2144
After a 20-year career as a chemical engineer in Israel, Israeli-native Gili Zilca decided to experiment with homemade soap formulations. That led five years ago to the launch of an online business. In July, Zilca opened Luisa New York, a little shop specializing in all-natural, handmade skincare products. “From start to finish, I do it myself,” Zilca says. “I have a little lab in the basement of my home in Briarcliff, and I make my own formulations, one small batch at a time, to keep the products fresh. Everything I use is natural. I wrap the soap by hand as well.” Featured in her main soap line is her signature olive-oil formulation (unwrapped: $1.20 per ounce; wrapped: $6.75 per pound) and other enticing scents like French lavender studded with actual strawberry seeds. Slices of soap (“We cut them like bread”) are also offered. Non-soap products include shea butter body scrub of lemon peel, rum sugar, and sea salt ($23), a “tea bag” used to scent bath water made from peppermint, lavender, and chamomile herbs ($3.30), and lip balm made from cocoa butter and bees’ wax ($2.95). Can’t decide? Zilic will custom-design a product formulation or scent just for you.