Bespoke New York
Rather than settle for what everyone else is having, explore New York’s bevy of shops, restaurants and experiences that create bespoke indulgences. It’s a way to stand out in a city where it can be all too easy to feel lost in the crowd. The best part? Getting to delve into New York’s personal side, exploring the indie boutiques, restaurants and even pharmacies that are run by a cadre of creative individuals committed to helping visitors create something that’s just for them.
Begin in SoHo by dressing the part with a bespoke suit that doesn’t require a string of fittings. At Acustom Apparel, you’re measured by a 3D machine that does a full body scan and collects all the information necessary to make you a suit – or, even better, that elusive perfect pair of jeans – from the fabric you choose and in whatever style you prefer. Founder Jamal Motlagh created this shopping experience to help men avoid spending hours trying on clothes that don’t fit – you can be out of the shop in 15 minutes flat, with your new clothes winging their way to you in three to seven weeks.
For the most desirable accessory imaginable, book yourself an appointment with Satya Twena Fine Millinery, where the eponymous and very chic owner has years of experience crafting made-to-measure hats. Each fedora, boater or sunhat is made by hand to your precise specifications and size, and a stylist helps guide you through the process of choosing the style, colour, trimming, etc. You’ll walk out with a brand new chapeau and attitude to match.
It’s a hop skip and a jump from here to Stanley’s Pharmacy. A self-titled “community pharmacist,” Stanley George brings old school customer service to New York with a pharmacy that truly caters to the individual. Sure, you can pick up the usual brand-name medications, but Stanley will listen to your particular complaints and aim to cure what ails you with a customised plan of vitamins, juices from the in-house juice bar, and Stanley’s own blends of tea and herbs designed to cure everything from hangovers to stomach troubles.
Once you’ve got your health sorted out, take your kombucha “to go” and head to A.B.K., just a few blocks away. Alya and Katya Kazakevich hail from Belarus, but they’re tried-and-true New Yorkers now and they work out of their Chinatown shop, producing gorgeous custom leather goods in a whirlwind of colors. Here, enjoy being custom-fitted for leather bracelets and choosing the exact color of the soft boho bag you’ve always wanted.
After all that shopping, end the day at a New York icon. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, is classic New York – all understated glamour and old school luxury. To ensure that you continue to fit into that bespoke pair of jeans, schedule an end-of-day personal training session with one of the professionals at the Sisley-Paris Spa fitness center. They’ll customize a workout to fit your needs and abilities and help get you through the exercises with plenty of encouragement. Once you’ve worked on your body, let the aestheticians at the spa do a personal consultation. Then lie back for a luxurious facial – try the signature Sisley facial, an enzyme treatment that improves firmness and colour in just 60 minutes. Looking your best, head to the ground floor. Although the menu of inventive cocktails is tempting, ask your server at the elegant Café Carlyle, a New York cabaret landmark since 1955, for a cocktail made to order, based on the flavors and spirits that you most enjoy. Time your visit to catch one of the prestigious performers who regularly play live music here: Herb Alpert, Judy Collins and John Pizzerelli are just a few of the headliners.
Acustom Apparel: 330 W. Broadway; 212-219-8620
Satya Twena Fine Millinery: 212 W. 35th St., 12F; 212-594-6666
Stanley’s Pharmacy: 31 Ludlow St.; 646-476-9622
A.B.K.: 105 Henry Street, #7; 212-566-3500
Sisley-Paris Spa: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, 35 E. 76th St.; 212-660-7560
Café Carlyle: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, 35 E. 76th St.;212-744-1600