Buying on the Fly
Business travel doesn’t stop just because you have holiday shopping to do. Fortunately, some of the most popular destinations out of Logan offer new retail spots worth a trip of their own.
Where to Shop: The glories of the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s main shopping drag, are widely known, but a few miles west in hipster-heavy Wicker Park sits a sizable crop of edgier fare. Habit (1951 W. Division St., 773-342-0093) favors emerging designers like local talent Abigail Glaum-Lathbury; a couple of doors down, Renegade Handmade (1924 W. Division St., 773-227-2707, renegadehandmade.com) sells affordable, unique artwork alongside vintage denim and dresses. On the same strip, you’ll find Silver Moon (1755 W. North Ave., 773-235-5797, silvermoonvintage.com), a resale store with an impressive selection of apparel dating back to the late 1800s.
Where to Stay: The Ruby Room (1743–45 W. Division St., 773-235-2323, rubyroom.com) is a day spa/salon/yoga studio that’s added eight well-appointed guest ro
Where to Shop: L.A. may be known for a laid-back vibe, but its best debut boutiques prove low-key doesn’t equal lowbrow. In West Hollywood, Presse (326 S. La Brea Ave., 323-937-1560) stocks high-design lines (Proenza Schouler, Doo .Ri), while Satine (8117 W. Third St., 323-655-2142, satineboutique.com) specializes in Thakoon, Jovovich-Hawk, and other avant-garde types. And though Fred Segal isn’t new, there’s always something to discover: Its in-house beauty outpost Apothia (8118 Melrose Ave., 323-651-0239, apothia.com) offers a range of brands not found at your local Sephora.
Where to Stay: Even in a town filled with swank digs, the just-opened Thompson Beverly Hills (9360 Wilshire Blvd., 310-273-1400, thompsonhotels.com) is notable for its opulence.
New York City
Where to Shop: Some of the Big Apple’s most exciting newcomers have been around for a while, just not in this country. Among the international darlings choosing Manhattan for their stateside flagship is Uniqlo (546 Broadway, 917-237-8800, uniqlo.com), a Japanese clothing brand known for high-quality, reasonably priced basics and so-called capsule collections from hot young names like Alice Roi. Opening this month down the street is old-country compatriot Muji (455 Broadway, muji.com), a housewares shop offering sleek renditions of everything from alarm clocks to cotton swabs.
Where to Stay: The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery, 212-505-9100, theboweryhotel.com) is a chic new inn from the forces behind the Maritime.
Where to Shop: Style in the nation’s capital has moved beyond immobile hair and sensible shoes. Hit the cutting-edge U Street corridor for modish boutiques like Nana (1528 U St. NW, 202-667-6955, nanadc.com), which sells secondhand classics and modern items including tops by House of Spy and bags from Hobo International. Nearby is RCKNDY (1515 U St. NW, 202-332-5639, rckndy.com), a new décor store featuring colorful, contemporary pieces moderated by a bit of old-school flair. For vintage, the Remix (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-547-0211, remixvintage.com) covers the entire 20th century, especially the ’30s through the ’70s.
Where to Stay: Housed in a landmark building, the Hotel Monaco (700 F St. NW, 202-628-7177, monaco-dc.com) boasts history and luxury alike.