Fashion week may be all about impossible-to-score invites and the impenetrable front row, but with the just-opened Anya Hindmarch boutique, you can get some of the action right in the crook of your arm.
The high-end handbag brand launched in London in 1987, and this week has debuted its first-ever New York flagship on the Upper East Side. Stop in ASAP because an Anya Hindmarch might be the “It” bag to stake your place among the style stars loitering outside Lincoln Center. Here’s why: Hindmarch shows at London Fashion Week every season, and she counts model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Florence Welch, Anne Hathaway, Kate Moss and The Duchess of Cambridge among her loyal following. Plus, the building itself was a Warhol and Twiggy stomping ground back in the ‘60s. That’s what we call industry cred.
If part of the allure of a fashion show is getting an exclusive look at each designer’s creative process, then consider this store your invite. With the help of renowned architect and interior designer, Ilse Crawford, Hindmarch has created a 2,000-square-foot interior to mimic an artist’s studio. Think trestle benches, raw wood, Georgian cabinetry and workshop lighting. Inside, customers not only feel as if they’re part of the process, they can purchase bespoke bags and watch them be customized on-site. Beat that, runways.
It’s been said that in New York City, your purse is like your car (as far as covetable status symbols go), so don’t even think about shopping the jalopies down on Canal Street. This handbag Mecca houses Anya’s mainline collection, seasonal selections, and that customization workshop for the truly choosy. Plus, there’s no one guarding the door with a clipboard.
795 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10065
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
As seen on NewYork.com.