Fashion from Nova Lorraine’s
You can tell a lot about a county from the way its residents shop. While researching this year’s crop of 50 brand-new stores, here’s what we
have learned about
Men’s and Women’s Fashion
Buttermilk Blue Jeans
(914) 591-6277 www.buttermilkbluejeans.com
SHOPPING at Buttermilk Blue Jeans is like stepping into your coolest friend’s closet. The boutique carries women’s fashions from such hip designers as Free People, DA-Nang, Ella Moss, and Acrobat, and has an enormous selection of funky tees from Velvet, Splendid, C&C California, and others. Buttermilk Blue Jeans also has a huge collection of Paul Frank—his signature Julius the Monkey character can be found on loads of clothes—including graphic tees and accessories (we loved the pretty purple PF tunic for $96). And, of course, there’s the shop’s namesake blue jeans. Shelves and shelves of them, in every cut and shade.
David’s Fine Menswear
1406 E Main St
, Shrub Oak (914) 528-5700 www.davidsclothier.com
DAVID’S Fine Menswear is the only retailer in the area to carry Ike Behar (a favorite designer of the
1875 Palmer Ave
, Larchmont (914) 834-7000
THIS “mother-daughter” fashion-and-accessories boutique is the brainchild of Ellen Grad, a former accessories buyer for Lord & Taylor. “It’s fun and not terribly serious,” Grad says. “We don’t carry real couture.” The idea for the shop was sparked by Grad’s frustrating experiences shopping with her daughter, now 16 years old. “I saw a zillion things for her and nothing for me.” The shop is thus targeted for shoppers from 12 to 60-plus, with lots of Lilly Pulitzer, the popular Splendid T-shirts, the celeb-favored Ella Moss line of stylish dresses and tunics, and Metalicus, a new line of sweaters and stretchy knit dresses from Australia.
1250 Pleasantville Rd
, Briarcliff Manor (914) 923-2100 www.marchboutique.com
HOW did downtown find itself up-county? Owner Lynn Puro used her experience as a veteran
5 N Moger Ave
AFTER spending years working toward a PhD in clinical psychology, Nova
Pink Tea Boutique
480 Main St
, Armonk (914) 730-0195
LOCATED right next door to Armonk fixture Lillies & Lace, this inviting 550-square-foot fashion boutique owner caters to women 30-plus. “We’re fashion-forward with a very distinctive hint of retro,” owner Char Hogue says. “We’re trendy but not too trendy, with some classical lines.” You’ll find tees and tanks plus handbags, belts, costume jewelry, and skin-care products.
P.J. Huntsman & Company
107 Pondfield Rd
, Bronxville (914) 395-3959 www.pjhuntsman.com
PAT Colombo’s PJ Huntsman carries high-end men’s and women’s fashions, many of which can’t be found anywhere else in
1903 Palmer Ave
, Larchmont (914) 834-2070 www.shopsuede.com
OPENED in September by Debbi Jennings and Joan Zombeck, Suede carries high-end fashions and accessories for women 25 to 60. The sleek, clean-lined, 1,200-square-foot space carries a carefully edited selection of, Zombeck says, “wearable, classic looks with an edge.” Designers represented: Barbara Bui, Nili Lotan, Missoni, Hanii Y, and Tory Burch. Suede also carries accessories. “We can completely outfit someone—from head to toe,” Zombeck maintains.
“CLASSIC fashion with a twist,” is how Wendy Hopkins describes her store, a sister store to the original one in
Jewelry & Accessories
Jewels by Joanne
(914) 713-1313 www.jewelsbyjoanne.net
A WONDERFUL little jewel box of a shop—just 500 square feet—Jewels by Joanne was opened in July by owner Joanne Fiedler, well known to local jewelry lovers for having worked alongside her mother-in-law, Anita Fiedler, at the former longtime
545 Saw Mill River Rd
, Ardsley (914) 231-5084 www.shopalponte.com
WARNING: It’s difficult to find Al’Ponte. It’s not only off Ardsley’s downtown strip, but you can’t even spot it from the street. But make an effort, because once inside the boutique, you’ll find striking high-end European accessories: Fendi watches, Chloé handbags, Yves Saint Laurent jewelry, Gucci bags, and more. Al’Ponte, which opened last September, recently has added some clothing into the mix, and its collection is mostly composed of our two favorite words: Juicy Couture.
Facets & Co.
2 E Hartsdale Ave
(914) 949-3400 www.facetsandco.com
JEWELRY shop Facets co-owner John Serra and his wife,
diamond exchange. They ended up merging their business lives by opening Facets in February. Among its inventory: $50 silver bracelets to $30,000 diamond necklaces. Exclusive to the store is co-owner Tito Caicedo’s own line of bone bracelets in silver, 24k or 18k gold, or platinum, with diamonds ($500 to $15,000).
135 Katonah Ave
, Katonah (914) 232-8200 www.afreeandco.com
THIS charming 800-square-foot jewelry shop was opened in June by Abigail Free. Free & Co. specializes in high-fashion designs. “We follow the trends,” says Free. Offerings run the gamut from fun jewelry that “you can wear with a bathing suit” to fine jewelry of gold and sterling silver with diamonds. Exclusive to Northern Westchester are the pop art-like designs of Dana David (her gold wire peace-sign earrings sell for $500), and the
(914) 510-8920 www.landsbergjewelers.com
OPENED last August by Jeffrey and Jonathan Landsberg and their father, Norman, a longtime jeweler in Manhattan’s diamond district, this jewelry shop features an array of the most fashionable luxury designers’ ware, including the John Hardy collection handcrafted in Bali ($150 to $1,500); Gregg Ruth’s diamond bracelets and yellow diamond rings ($1,000 to $250,000); and Penny Preville’s antique-like gold and diamond pieces ($1,000+).
311 Rte 22, Goldens Bridge (914) 232-5500
One-year-old Bella Blue is housed in a cute little gingerbread cottage, and it is just as cute inside, filled with everything a fashion-forward girl—from infant to teen—could want. “We sell lots of bar and bat mitzvah dresses here,” owner Linda Spano says. One company, Les Tout Petites, makes copies, er, interpretations, of designer duds in kiddie sizes, so moms and daughters can wear matching “Missoni” or “Michael Kors” dresses at significantly lower cost—say $100 rather than $1,000. The flip side to the fancy wear are the vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle tee shirts.
Groovy on Grand
119 Grand St
, Croton-on-Hudson (914) 271-0700 www.groovyongrand.com
“COOL clothes for cool kids”—that’s how owners, former fashion designer Andrea Andrews and former finance executive Lisa Primeggia, describe their funky new shop, which until recently only carried girls’ sizes 2T to 16 and boys’ sizes 2T to 20. But, after seeing one too many high-schoolers disappointed that they’d grown too big for the boutique’s clothes, Andrews and Primeggia have started a juniors section for girls and young men. And prices? “You can always find something for less than twenty-five dollars,” Andrews claims.
Pepper Noodle Couture
(914) 921-2001 www.peppernoodlecouture.com
TAI Eisley and LaTasha Marbury, wives of Howard Eisley of the Denver Nuggets, and Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks, respectively, have scored a slam-dunk with their new venture, opened in August. “It’s a cross between something you’d find in
The Preppy Turtle
2 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills (914) 666-8500 www.thepreppyturtle.com
KATHLEEN Luparello and Jennifer Hopf left their jobs in