Looking for a one-stop shop to get all of your holiday shopping done at once? You’re in luck. Not far from your Lower East Side home is the Seaport District, where you will find several high-end and luxury retailers. This holiday season, gift your friends and family a few of your favorite things from Cynthia Rowley, Lauren Farrell NY, or SJP. But time is running out! So, make the short and pleasant stroll up the East River from the One Manhattan Square condos to the Seaport District — you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at this do-it-all holiday destination.
Gifting Cynthia Rowley is always a safe bet. The style of the brand, with its “pretty-meets-sporty” aesthetic, is perfect for those on the go. Plus, their focus on sustainability and producing limited quantities to avoid excess inventory means that your favorite blouse won’t also be the favorite of everyone else at your next holiday party. With an active focus on women’s empowerment, there’s a spontaneity and adventure in everything on their shelves. This ethos, also found in their signature swimwear, led Vogue to deem Cynthia Rowley the “pioneer of surf-leisure.”
Complement that freewheeling spirit with a stylish — and practical — handbag from Lauren Farrell NY. A Lehigh University graduate and one-time manager for the school’s lacrosse team, company founder Lauren Farrell folded her love of fashion, fun, and sport into designs that are both chic and useful. Initial success came with a line of handbags just small enough to meet the size requirements for most pro and college sports stadiums. From there, her vision took off into the creation of myriad sporty but fashionable bags that can move easily from game day to a night on the town. You can take our word for it, or ask Lauren Tannehill, Kacie McDonnell, or Sara Blakely — they’ve all become enamored fans.
Clothes and bag in hand, turn your attention to footwear — particularly, the offerings at SJP. It should come as no surprise that Sarah Jessica Parker, like her famous character Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City,” has a boutique to showcase her SJP Collection of shoes. There, you’ll find the finest handcrafted Italian shoes, made by a third-generation Tuscan shoemaker, in finishes and designs running the gamut from glitter and bows to buckles and scalloped edging. It’s the embodiment of Parker’s own “ideal closet,” but offered at fair and accessible price points. The colors are invigorating and fresh — part of Parker’s belief that color can be neutral and celebratory all at once. And don’t be surprised if you see her on-site helping someone find the perfect pumps. She’s a true shoe aficionado who enjoys sharing that passion with others.
With the Seaport District so close at hand, you can make short work of your holiday shopping. Their luxury retail selection is one of the best in the city, and the unique, fun, and forward styles you’ll find are sure to please even the pickiest recipients on your list. This year, give them what they really want by picking up something special at the Seaport District shops.