Must-See Meatpacking District
by Christina Parrella, 09/01/2014 [Updated 04/29/2015]
Lilla P. Photo: Marley White
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In addition to the high-profile brands, there are lesser-known labels and boutiques on a flourishing block of Washington Street between Gansevoort and Horatio Streets. These stores—among them Jay Godfrey, Owen and By Kilian—offer highly curated experiences. At its only US shop, the last of these, a French ultra-luxe perfumer started by Hennessy heir Kilian Hennessy, specializes in distinctive scents with evocative names like Arabian Nights and In the Garden of Good and Evil. There are also scented jewelry and products exclusive to NYC, such as the Apple Brandy, a woodsy fragrance.
Other boutiques in the area include Lilla P and Rapha Cycle Club. Lilla P owner and Meatpacking resident Pauline Sokol Nakios was an early arrival to the neighborhood, her showroom store supplying residents with variations on the T-shirt and other essential wardrobe staples since the late 1990s. The brand’s first stand-alone shop opened in 2011. Rapha, a purveyor of all things cycling, doubles as a café and meeting spot for bicycling enthusiasts and hosts a wide variety of events, including exhibitions, bike outings and screenings of bike races.
For antique jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts, visit Doyle & Doyle, which stocks a full range of vintage and antique pieces from the art deco and art nouveau periods. Founded by sisters Pam and Elizabeth Doyle, who started the business by amassing a collection of estate and antique engagement rings, the store now features Victorian-era necklaces and brooches in its menagerie. Similarly, at jewelry designer Efva Attling’s only US shop, wedding and engagement rings are popular items. The offerings at the store range from demure to bold, with some rings engraved with phrases like "Wild at Heart" and "Carpe Diem."