A Love Letter to Nolita
Although our shoes are handmade in Mallorca, Spain, we’ve called New York, and specifically the neighborhood of Nolita home since 2001. Situated just north of Little Italy (hence the name North of Little Italy), Nolita, with it’s skinny tree-lined streets and small, local businesses, is about as ‘quaint’ as you can get for a neighborhood in downtown New York. As the city continues to churn out basic commercialization we wanted to take this Valentine’s Day to celebrate our love for the neighborhood’s originals. Starting at our shop on 275 Mott Street, join us below for a proverbial walk around the neighborhood. [read_more] Meeting point: COCLICO at 275 Mott Street If you haven’t had a chance to swing by the store, come visit. Our shop girl, Elizabeth knows everything about our shoes. Plus each season there are store-only exclusive styles that you can’t find anywhere else. How are you shoes for walking? The ABBA booties are great for a city walk if you need to make a quick switch. First up: MCNALLY JACKSON at 52 Prince Street We could spend endless afternoons wandering this independently owned bookstore. First we peruse their stacks of books, which are organized by nation, then flip through the cool collection of magazines before finding ourselves sifting through their quirky stationary and trinkets. Thankfully they have an adjoining café to keep us fueled during our hours-long browsing sessions. Pit stop: THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER at 19 Kenmare Street This juice bar and cafe at 19 Kenmare Street is all about using fresh fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat. Their vegetarian and non-dairy menus feature items like a breakfast sandwich with egg, cashew cheese and tomato jam or a tagliatelle Bolognese with a black bean-tomato sauce over strands of zucchini pasta for dinner. We pick up a matcha latte or fresh juice on the go in the mornings, but if you have enough time, sit at the counter bar and people watch through the window. Next up: REBECCA TAYLOR at 260 Mott Street We can always find something at Rebecca’s flagship store. Her clothes really embrace femininity – think beautiful draped dresses, camisoles in soft, muted colors and skirts with a flirty ruffle or sweet pattern – and the rock garden in the dressing room adds a zen-ful touch to the whole trying-things-on experience. Followed by: REBECCA HOSSACK GALLERY at 262 Mott Street We’re always surprised and delighted whenever we pop into this gallery for some inspiration. Hossack is known for championing non-Western artistic traditions along with her favorites in Western Contemporary Art—not following art world trends. The current exhibit from Barbara Macfarlane features popular cityscapes painted from a cartographer’s point of view. Then: ME&RO at 241 Elizabeth Street We regularly stop in this jewelry shop to gawk at all the pretty things – it’s our version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. From the delicate diamond-fringe chain necklaces to the ruby teardrop earrings, her bohemian-lux aesthetic keeps calling us. Final Destination: MOTHER’S RUIN at 18 Spring Street After an afternoon of walking and shopping, we deserve a drink! And Mother’s Ruin is our go-to after work bar. We love how it feels like a local watering hole with its friendly staff and unassuming décor but serves extremely well-crafted cocktails. Not only are their drinks delicious, their dessert list is just as indulgent-worthy. Treat yourself!