The term “Fashion Icon” can conjure up so many varied images, and nowhere is that more true than in New York City. New Yorkers have long had the privilege of having an array of unique style idols to look up to, and Patricia Field is an undisputed member of that class. Best known for dressing Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, she taught legions of style mavens to mix the high with the low, the hard with the soft, the masculine with the feminine. And it’s that keen eye and sense of whimsy that you can find on full tilt in the unique store that bears her name.
It has relocated several times, but the current (and final) iteration of her boutique is located on the Bowery, which was also home to CBGB before it closed in 2006, another pioneer that contributed to the East Village’s distinct identity. The space feels part art gallery, part costume shop, with the cool factor turned up on high. It’s the kind of place where anything goes, and although I’ll admit my aesthetic is slightly more restrained nowadays, I can’t help but think the 15-year-old me would have KILLED for the bejeweled Barbie doll head necklace I saw there.
It’s been announced the store will take its bow in early 2016, so make haste to this paragon of counterculture and take some bonafide Patricia Field memorabilia home with you. Whether you want your own Carrie nameplate necklace straight from the source, or a purse shaped like a cartoon bomb with a Chanel-esque chain strap, there is surely something you can pick up to add extra oomph to your ensemble. Sprinkle some of that Patricia Field magic on the next time you’re throwing an outfit together and you’ll find yourself pushing those personal style boundaries and taking yourself less seriously. You know, dressing like a New Yorker.
306 Bowery (Between E Houston & Bleecker St)
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
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Brunch at Lafayette
If visiting the Patricia Field Boutique makes you long for those Sex And The City days, take a 5-minute walk to Andrew Carmellini’s Lafayette Grand Cafe and Bakery. Gather your girlfriends and get dressed in your Sunday best, then wax nostalgic while you chow down on divine egg white frittatas and Nicoise salads, just like the girls would. Or, pull a Miranda and head over to the bakery counter, pick out some eclairs and macarons, then head home and binge-watch Sex And The City on HBO Now.
380 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Great Jones Street)
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
For weekday or dinner hours, visit their website here.