SoHo / Crosby St.
Avoid weekends unless you wish to experience the Midwest without leaving Manhattan. Start at 285 Lafayette St. (cnr Jersey St.) by stocking up at sterling fragrance and bath jackpot Lafco / 212 925 0001 / lafco.com, with prods from Florentine darling Santa Maria Novella. Exit, cross Lafayette into Jersey, go left into Crosby, and on your left is MiN New York at #117 / 212 206 6366 / minnewyork.com, a handsome house of men’s grooming and perfumes. Jill Platner at #113 / 212 324 1298 / jillplatner.com / has sculptural silver body candy, then for some edible sweets head right up Prince to the corner of Broadway to pay homage at deli legend Dean & Deluca / 212 226 6800 / deandealuca.com / where it all began back in 1977. Okay, so when you’re sated, retrace your steps back to Crosby, to find MZ Wallace at #93 / 212 431 8252 / mzwallace.com / for funky bags; next door is Mud with streamlined Aussie porcelain for your pad at #91 / 646 590 1964 / mudaustralia.com; chic Crosby St. Hotel (see Accom.) is at #79 with terrace bar; then cross for the MoMA Design Store on the cnr at 81 Spring St. / 646 613 1367 / momastore.org / for snazz gifts. Bistro babe Balthazar (see Rest./Smart) is on the opp. corner (with scrumptious bakery next door), across from colour-splashed home haven C. Wonder / 212 219 3500 / cwonder.com. Bound left down Crosby one block and left again on Broome to find Aero at #419 / 212 966 1500 / aerostudios.com / for minimalist design objects. Retrace and left into Crosby for Saturdays Surf NYC at #31 / 212 966 7875 / saturdaysnyc.com / with espresso, great trunks (m) and surf gear; next door is Fellow Barber at #33 (see Spa), handy to dump the grump for a trad shave and trim while you power on. Continue and on the next block you’ll find the lovely, ethical w/wear fashion label Maiyet #16 / 212 343 9999 / maiyetnyc.com, and further at #5 BDDW / 212 625 1230 / bddw.com / crafts exquisite, if austere, American timber furniture, while De Vera at #1 / 212 625 0838 / deveraobjects.com / has a fascinating mix of religious relics and curios. Head left onto Howard for E.Vogel’s boots at #19 (see Adv. Shop.); Reformation is home to slick retooled vintage and dresses at #23 / 212 510 8455; Michele Varian at #27 / 212 343 0033 / does a nice line in fabrics, wallpaper and ceramics; Amaridian˚ at #31 / 917 463 3719 / amaridianusa.com / has high-end African pottery and faff; then finish with a bang at Opening Ceremony at #33 (up the red staircase) and at #35 / 212 219 2688 / openingceremony. us – hipster paradise. SoHo over it? Gallop back to pick up hubs and race to slink-a-dink Balthazar or Crosby St. Hotel to rest your very tired, Vogel-shod trotters. Star!