Manhattan – Upper East Side
1238 Madison Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts
An impossible-to-miss bright blue facade marks this bustling three-year-old boutique owned by actress Phoebe Cates. While it's inarguably well-curated, Cates offers an alarmingly eclectic range of goods--from children's toys to diamonds to chocolates. Scour the cozy first level for three-dimensional puzzles of the Eiffel Tower ($54), along with handmade leather bracelets ($125--$395) from Sweden, lidded lacquered bowls that resemble iced cupcakes ($65) and gold vermeil rings cast with tiny magnifying glasses, which are patterned after pieces from the board game Clue ($165). Head upstairs for Rupert Sanderson custom-made shoes ($485--$600)--exclusive to Blue Tree--and Biba tunic dresses ($350--450), What Goes Around Comes Around women's wool vests ($225) and silk-screened T-shirts ($65) from John Malkovich's line, Uncle Kimono.
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