We managed to pack in plenty of activities in NYC over our long weekend. Here's a sum up of our shopping trips.
Tip: Leave guys in Bryant Park, relaxing with drinks, while you wander.
Around the Garment District
Kinokuniya (the Japanese bookstore on 6th across the street from Bryant Park). If you love the Japanese aesthetic, pop in here. It a beautiful store and they carry everything from art and architecture to anime. The craft books are lovely. The text is in Japanese, but if you are familiar with the photography in these books, you'll understand why I love them so much. They also carry some pens, stationary and a few art supplies. I got one of these pens. Kuratake make fabulous pens.
M&J Trims, 1008 6th Avenue. This is the most glamorous and famous of the gazillion trim shops in the Fashion District. There are oodles more trim shops though and you'll pass by them on your way to the next stop. I nabbed some hand-dyed silk ribbon.
B&J Fabrics, 525 7th Avenue (corner of 38th, upstairs). You'll see a lot of fashion students and designers in this shop. Liberty of London fabrics and everything else from fake furs to cordoroy and upholstery fabrics. They have a very comfortable sofa where you can watch the designers come and go. Not as big as Mood which could be a good thing.
After walking the Highline on Saturday, (more about that in another post) we sent the guys off to wander and set off.
The Ink Pad 37th and 7th is in the East Village. This shop is a little gem. They are stocked floor to ceiling with art and scrapbooking supplies. My shopping buddy wants to start art journaling and I recommended the Peerless Watercolor basic set and a waterbrush. After talking with her over the weekend, I have some videos to make for true beginners.
The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway. 18 miles of books. This is browsers heaven. They have used, new, rare, monographs. A bibliophile's dream come true.
I wanted to get to Purl Soho but there wasn't time on this trip. Frankly, I'm not the best shopper in the world. I could do one shop a day but for the sake of research ;)