It may not be a household name, but this Swiss fashion house has been around since 1922. The chic women's clothing continues to sell well at Bergdorfs, but now there's an Akris boutique at 835 Mad [69th/70th] 212.717.1170.
Broadway and off-Broadway types will know the name Ann Emonts, who worked for many years as a costume designer. Now she's opened a charming shop called Darling, 1 Horatio [Greenwich Ave.] 646.336.6966, filled with her own work and that of several other designers.
The Dutch are out to give H & M a run for their money with the trendy-yet-cheap clothes that have made H & Ms sprout around town like it's the little shop of horrors. Check out the men's and women's lines at Mexx at 650 5th [52nd] 212.956.6505 and due at 19 Union Sq. 212.929.9925.
Gorgeous contemporary leather-upholstered furniture, done with that fine Italian hand, has a new home in the equally gorgeous store from Natuzzi, 101 Greene [Prince/Spring] 212.334.4335. While there are many configurations possible, most of the sofas are under $3000.
How about some American designers? They're on view at Sublime, 26 Varick [N. Moore/Franklin] 212.941.8888. Dozens of home furnishings designers, from familiar to unknown names, have their work here.
This new Williamsburg shop specializes in eco-friendly home furnishings that are both good for the environment and well designed. 242 Wythe [N. 3rd] 718.218.6581.
Finally, if you're in the market for enchanting decorative antiques, check out the Chanadet website, www.chanadet.com, 212.873.5983. Run by New Yorker Diane Baldessari, you'll find textiles, decorative objects, collectible books, all at reasonable prices. Just don't look at the 'what you missed' section — it could make you unhappy.
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