The World’s Most Stylish One-Stop Shops
Concept stores, lifestyle shops, even good old flea markets are our favorite places to browse for holiday gifts—or any time of year. Here are 12 of the best.
So many gifts, so little time. And so many people on your list who pose shopping conundrums. What to buy that impossible-to-please family member, the perennial hostess who has everything, the coworker whose personal style you can’t quite pinpoint? The solution: Concept stores, flea markets, and other one-stop-shopping destinations whose curated wares provide something for everyone, be it next-gen fashion, street-centric menswear, stylish housewares, one-of-a-kind objets, or cool kids’ toys. We’ve found 12 of these retail nirvanas around the world to help alleviate your holiday shopping stress.
Artists & Fleas
This multi-outpost market (take your pick among SoHo, Chelsea, and Williamsburg locations) showcases the original designs of independent designers and artists alongside talented vintage curators. Shoppers will find Alexandra Beth’s trendy gold-plated cowrie shell earrings just steps from retro tees by East Records NYC. For the well-coiffed husband, there are natural beard care products from Real Bearded Men; for the die-hard New Yorker, don’t miss Hudson and Kings’s dip-dyed leather backpacks, laser engraved with NYC and Brooklyn emblems.
10 Corso Como
The brainchild of former fashion editor Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como’s Milan flagship was credited with revitalizing that city’s high-end retail scene when it opened in 1991. So when Sozzani debuted its sister location in NYC’s South Street Seaport area last year, it immediately became a tentpole for the rebirth of the landmark neighborhood, which had been battered by Hurricane Sandy. The store makes a striking first impression, all mirrored light fixtures, glass displays, and mosaic tile accents. Between racks of Prada, Ferragamo, and Margiela are affordable one-off collaborations—Happy Socks footwear, Graphic Image leather goods, Shake It Baby snow globes—that make ideal stocking stuffers.
Dover Street Market
More contemporary art gallery than traditional department store, Dover Street Market is an eight-floor curated shopping experience. Many brands are housed in their own individual sections, like traditional market stalls, but displayed in imaginative, ever-changing presentations that transform lifeless clothing racks into merchandised art installations. Fashionistas favor DSM for its curated mix of edgy brands (Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, Thom Browne) and high-fashion streetwear (limited-edition Converse, graphic sweats by Brain Dead, anything and everything Supreme).
The Shop at Bluebird
Bespoke fashion, contemporary art, high-end beauty—you’ll find everything the luxury heart desires (but the wallet, not so much) at The Shop at Bluebird. Award-winning interior design firm Dalziel & Pow transformed a historic coach house in Covent Garden into 15,000 square feet of airy, foliage-adorned retail. For the accessory-obsessed, there are Danse Lente color-blocked mini-totes. To upgrade your guest room bedding, don’t miss the capsule collection by Preen. And when you realize you’ve run out of time for self-care before that big holiday party, stop by the on-site Blink Brow Bar.
Alex Eagle Studio
This London fashion powerhouse began organically: Former fashion PR maven Eagle began styling friends out of her Knightsbridge home, only to find them asking whether her art and furniture were also for sale. Since opening the Studio, a dedicated space on a gritty street in Soho’s West End, in 2016, Eagle has become sought-after for her unique point of view and concise edit—perfect for the indecisive or style-challenged. Chic eyewear by Isa Arfen and artfully tailored pieces by Catherine Quin are displayed alongside prints by David Sims and paintings by Naoki Kawano. And the cozy-chic furniture throughout will immediately make you want to redecorate your home.
Late Night Chameleon Café
Created by former Selfridges and Harrods buyer John Skelton, LN-CC is one of East London’s hidden gems—literally, given the concept store’s unmarked, easy-to-miss front door. Through the futuristic tunnel entrance, you’ll find artfully laid out collections of clothing, accessories, and home décor. Street-chic guys will flock to sustainable denim by Japanese designer BONUM. Perpetual hostesses, meet Tom Dixon homewares. Collectors, look out for first-edition books and vintage vinyl at the on-site library.
Maison Sarah Lavoine
After 15 years as a world-renowned interior designer, Lavoine launched her eponymous lifestyle boutique on Place des Victoires—and fans of her unique color sensibility came running. Not surprisingly, the two-story flagship is laid out like a home, with a living room, bedroom, library, and kitchen where a café dishes up chic salads and grain bowls. Each space is outfitted with pieces designed by Lavoine herself (“Sarah Blue” couches, ceramic dishes, sequined cardigans), pieces she loves, and exclusive collaborations (check out the bold MSL x Nobilis wallpapers).
Marché aux Puces
If shopping for unique wares is your sport, then consider the Marché aux Puces in Saint Ouen your Super Bowl. Located just north of central Paris, by the Porte de Clignancourt, the largest flea market in the world is chock full of antique furniture, decorative objets, paintings, vintage fashion and accessories, and more. If you’ve got a shopping list, hone in on the market that focuses on your desired category. The premier vintage clothing specialists are at Marché Paul Bert Serpette; for 18th- and 19th-century furniture, antiques, and silver, make a beeline for Marché Malassis. Marché Jules Vallès, meanwhile, has a thrift shop vibe that’s full of surprises.
ROOM Concept Store
Thai architectural designers Maincourse charted a futuristic path when imagining the Siam flagship for ROOM. Modular, opaque polycarbonate shelves encircle the space, which features raw, unfinished ceilings—a cool contrast to the shopping center surroundings. Throughout the concept store are minimalist furnishings, cleverly designed kitchenware (don’t miss the dinosaur-shaped pasta forks), modern redos of classic kids’ toys, and home-centric bric-à-brac. Whatever you bring home will surprise and delight even the person who has it all.”
“Siwilai” refers to progression, the forward momentum that Thai culture is maintaining while remaining true to its Siamese roots. Thus the Central Embassy concept store that bears the name promotes contemporary street style as much as it champions the unique point of view of Thai designers. On the racks of the Yabu Pushelberg–designed store are Simone Rocha dresses and Mince Bangkok straw bags for her, Yuketen drivers and vintage vinyl for him, plus toys and gadgets for the kids. After you’ve made the rounds, refuel at the on-site café with a cup of coffee or smoothie bowl courtesy of Kiwi chef Blair Mathieson.
Forty Five Ten
With over 400 designers represented, this rapidly expanding high-fashion mecca is the place for both wear-forever and hot-right-now fashion. On the racks of the 37,000-square-foot Downtown flagship, a unique blend of next-gen womenswear designers (Sandy Liang, Rejina Pyo, Collina Strada) and menswear stars like Lemaire and Stone Island hang beneath one-of-a-kind works by Jose Davila, Tracey Emin, Catherine Opie, and Juergen Teller. At 4510/SIX, the store’s incubator for emerging designers, you’ll find everything from limited-edition ceramics to silk duster robes and pearl-accented handbags.
Beatnik Fine Goods
For all those times you’ve needed gifts but have no idea where to start, there’s Beatnik. The Bishop Arts concept store is has hand-selected pieces for everyone on your list, all at affordable prices and displayed in a calming, Baltic birch–outfitted space. Pick up a pair of fur moccasins from Morocco for your budding fashionista, get your mother-in-law a Poppy + Sage straw tote for her next vacation, and give your boss a not-so-subtle message with a Bohemian Rêves Chill Pill Stress Relief Candle.