While strolling around in Nolita this afternoon, my boyfriend and I wandered into Elizabeth Street Gallery, an antiques and sculpture gallery, and discovered a secret store in the very back, hidden from the world. It was its own world of pocket squares, antique silver barware, bed linens, rows of men's suiting, hats, and other accessories. The room was outfitted with tartan-lined walls, a gorgeous floral arrangement and even a grand hearth. It felt like we had stumbled into a mansion. Turns out, it's the first lifestyle boutique for Holland & Sherry, a nearly 200-year old Scottish bespoke and textile business.
Everything was begging to be touched, from the soft cashmere sweaters to the felted hats and embroidered pillows. While I experienced sticker shock flipping over some of the price tags, I learned that a custom-made men's shirt started at $135, which actually sounded quite reasonable considering the quality. The place certainly had a gentleman's club feel to it. I marveled at the mirrored bar in the corner, which was stocked with whiskey. "This is a speakeasy store," quipped my boyfriend, showing off his wit. I wanted to roll my eyes, but he was right--it totally was!