Hall of Fame

Welcome to the Zippertravel Shopping Hall of Fame, our worldwide compilation of the stores that aren’t just good, they’re leaders of the pack.  Attitude, ambiance, ingenuity, style, commitment  — it takes a lot to make the final cut. We are always looking for that near-perfect shopping experience that will make you  say, “I didn’t know places like this still existed.”  Follow Zippertravel as we continue to build our list, spanning the globe in search of the next retail star.



Gallery Lulo in Healdsburg California inducted into the Zippertravel.com Shopping Hall of Fame

Healdsburg: Modern Masters…Gallery Lulo

A chic white box for jewelers, glass blowers, ceramicists and artisans from around the world, Gallery Lulo was founded in 2009 by Danish-born Anne-Katherine Schjerbeck and Healdsburg designer Karen Gilbert. Lulo’s compelling, ever-changing exhibitions feature exquisite creations by an impressive roster of artists including SkLO, Tzuri Gueta, Emily Bixler, Eric Silva and Thomas Hill. Several pieces are now in Zippertravel’s private collection.

Gallery Lulo 303 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448   www.gallerylulo.com

Debby Harry in LA Eyeworks sunglasses

Los Angeles: Private eyes…l.a. Eyeworks

The mother of all contemporary eyeglass stores was created in 1979 by owners Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds. They continue to reign supreme today. The ad campaigns created with photographer Greg Gorman  for their fantastic eyewear are nothing short of brilliant. (Coincidentally, one campaign featured many of Zipper’s former customers.) In 2011 Damiani published a book of Gorman’s incredible photographs entitled “Framed.” When you are shopping for a new pair of glasses (or a second, third, or fourth pair) head to l.a.Eyeworks — it’s truly like being a kid in a candy shop.

Above: photo of Debbie Harry by Greg Gorman

l.a. Eyeworks  7407 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 www.laeyeworks.com 

Carved marble head at Martin Design Store Napa, California

St. Helena: The Magnificent…M

M has the atmosphere of a modern Paris atelier in the heart of the Bastille arrondissement. Owner Erin Martin demonstrates the keen eye and ability to mix fantasy, texture, and volume on a wine country scale that has made her one of America’s most sought after interior designers. Small accessories and books are available but it’s the mixture of dark humor and refinement that you’ll want to take home with you.

 1350 Main Street, St. Helena, California 94574 www.martinshowroom.com

Clock, Arrow, Lamps in Artefact Design and Salvage Sonoma California

Sonoma: Time Traveler…Artefact Design & Salvage

The laboratory, as owner Dave Allen has dubbed his operatic scale design store Artefact Design & Salvage, includes reclaimed architectural details and furnishings as well as new designs by Mr. Allen. It has the look of a stage production worthy of BAM or the Metropolitan Opera House and his perverse mix of new and old is masterfully merchandised to create a completely unique shopping experience in the heart of wine country.

Artefact Design & Salvage  23562 Highway 121, Sonoma,  California 95476 www.artefactdesignsalvage.com


Ralph Lauren tuxes on manaquins

Chicago: Gentleman Caller…Ralph Lauren

Reminiscent of the coming together of a haberdashery and a gentleman’s club from the gilded age, Ralph Lauren’s well-appointed “library” invites you into the classically sophisticated world of fashion and accessories. Feeling peckish? Descend the dramatic dark wooded staircase and continue into the RL Restaurant for crab cakes Benedict and a glass of champagne.

Ralph Lauren  750 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611 www.ralphlauren.com


Neon sign for Art & Eyes New Orleans

New Orleans: NOLA style…Art & Eyes

Art & Eyes owner Paul Wilcox has a dream to open his own Louisiana-made eye-glass factory and judging from his designs and the incredible selection he currently offers he’s well on his way. In addition to spectacular glasses, Art & Eyes offers a selection of other personal accessories for people who want to wear art.

Art and Eyes  3708 Magazine Street, New Orleans  Louisiana 70115, paulhwilcox@gmail.com


Two Mast brothers in their chocolate shop

Brooklyn: Sweet Geniuses…Mast Brothers Chocolate

Upon entering Mast Brothers Chocolate, the intoxicating warm scent of melting candy welcomes you to explore the glass vitrines and table tops filled with a masterful array of sweets. Iowa boys Michael and Rick Mast create small  batches of chocolate by roasting, cracking, and winnowing cacao in the back portion of the store. The modern graphic packaging of their candy bars is impossible to resist.

Mast Brothers Chocolate 111 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, New York 11211 www.mastbrothers.com

Cooper-Hewitt Design shop items including lamp and ceramics

Manhattan: Design Magnet/Magnate … Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Shop

Presented with a clean and spare modernist demeanor intending to engage and entertain, the new Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Shop is housed in the Carnegie Mansion Conservatory with a Beaux Arts Tiffany glass-domed ceiling and represents the luminaries of design including Charles and Ray Eames, Eva Zeisel, and Russel Wright along with rising stars of the 21st Century such as Tom Dixon and Martin Margiela.

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Shop 2 East 91st Street, New York, New York 10128 www.shop.cooperhewitt.org


Prize logo in store window

Ashland: The Contender…Prize

Owner Jennifer Davis uses a white-gloved whimsical touch mixing new objects with vintage Chanel couture accessories  in the creation of Prize. Sophisticated furnishings form a backdrop for her romantic collection of objet d’art and perfumed accessories. Her savvy design store provides a big-city shopping experience in contrast to the small-town ambiance of Ashland

Prize 264 East Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520 www.prizeshoppe.com


Green glass heart necklace at The Label Nashville Tennessee

Nashville: Chart-Topping Style…The Label

As a men’s clothing store, The Label  is not your usual Tommy Bahamas meets Dockers. Singer/songwriter and owner Gary Allan has created a paradise for contemporary men in the 12th Avenue South District of Nashville with a customer base that is rock’n roll meets stalwart country. Most of their merchandise is made in the U.S.A. including custom jewelry and accessories. This store measures up to the best of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Label  2222 12th Avenue South, Nashville Tennessee 37204 www.thelabelnashville.com   Window full of high heels, Mexico City


Monogrammed C wooden door with modern pendant lighting fixture Armida San Miguel de Allende Mexico

San Miguel de Allende:  Interior Monologue…Casa Armida

Beyond Casa Armida’s garden of antiquities, magical furnishings and accessories highlighted by imaginative erudite merchandising await you. Inside the dark and enveloping two-story building, arresting art is mixed with vintage American and Mexican oddities and furnishings. It is understandable why so many designers shop here and ship to their upscale clients around the world.

Casa Armida   Ancha de San Antonio 26, Allende, San Miguel de Allende  37760 contact: claudia_casa_marialuisa@prodigy.net.mx

Stack of folded Mexican fabrics at Juana Cata

San Miguel de Allende: Dream Weavers…Juana Cata

Juana Cata is a dream come true for people who love textiles and especially hand-loomed cloth created by the indigenous people of Mexico. All of the fabrics are made from natural fibers and the color palette ranges from neutral to indigo to riotous brights. They also carry a limited number of vintage pieces that are spectacular spectacular.

Juana Cata  Recreo #5-A, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, 37700 contact: cbram@prodigy.net.mx

Vintage photos clipped on a line at Mixta San Miguel de Allende Mexico

San Miguel de Allende: Con Corazon…Mixta

Mixta owner Anna Sinclair immediately greets you with a genuine warm smile welcoming you to her colorful milieu. She mixes locally made artisanal crafts and accessories with new world-wide contemporary design to create a quirky store brimming with authenticity. What makes this shop so special and Hall of Fame worthy is Anna’s contagious passion.

Mixta  Pila Seca 3, Centro, San Miguel de Allende 37700 www.mixtasanmiguel.com


Black and white detail of Musikverin ceiling

Demel cafe sign and Hofburg dome Vienna Austria

Vienna: Chocolate Indulgences…Demel

When entering Demel’s world of Rococo splendor, to the left are the original 19th century cases lined with exquisite tortes and to the right is a resplendent shop filled with beautifully packaged bonbons, candied violets and biscuits. Many of the packaging designs are original to the 1930’s and were created by Berzeviczy Demel. The paper packages are tied with plump satin ribbons. Buy some elegant souvenirs for that special someone, then enjoy a slice of Vienna cafe society.

Demel  Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna Austria www.demel.at White and black graphic France

New Umbrellas

Paris: Come Rain or Come Shine…Alexandra Sojfer

The parasols and umbrella creations at Alexandra Sojfer are haute couture for the rain and sun. Alexandra embues her creations with a sense of folly using crystal drops and handmade passamenterie. Her men’s collections of umbrellas and walking sticks are pure elegance and sophistication. Her building is steeped in umbrella history and is located in the fashionable neighborhood of Saint Germain. Treat yourself to a rare experience of delight.

Alexandra Sojfer  218, Boulevard St. Germain, Paris France 75007  www.sojfer.com

Collette 1

Paris: French Tart…Colette

Colette is a world unto itself. The cutting-edge mix of clothing (primarily women’s), accessories, music, and books is merchandised and displayed with a sharp eye for detail. Art installations throughout the store are often a foil for of-the-moment trends. The music played in the store can sometimes beat you into submission, but overall this is a Parisian experience not to be missed.

Colette 213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France www.colette.fr

Zebra taxidermy looking out window of Deyrolle Paris France

Paris: A Phoenix Risen from the Ashes…Deyrolle

Deyrolle is a Paris institution that is a complete flight of fancy. The world-renowned home of the most extraordinary collection of taxidermy of all species and and an equally impressive collection of mounted insect specimens is housed on two floors of  a beautiful French townhouse.  The ground floor serves as a gift shop featuring new items and a selection of books, but it is on the second floor that the theatrically arranged taxidermy lives and the show begins! Many travelers are unaware of this special place, so be sure to add it to your itinerary.

Deyrolle 46 Rue de Bac, 75007 Paris, France  www.deyrolle.com

Shopping in Berlin interior dome Berlin Germany

Open window of Darklands clothing store Berlin Germany

Berlin: Opheus Descending…Darklands

Darklands is like a speakeasy for alternative clothing sans the password at the door. But once you’re in the know and are lucky enough to find the entrance to this cavernous white space hidden amongst warehouses, you discover it is home to the largest collection of  black, edgy, avant-garde clothing for men and women that you’ve ever seen. Their selection includes many of the greats: Rick Owens, Carol Christian Poell and Boris Bidjan Saberi just to name a few. Also noteworthy are their selections of jewelry, hats, and shoes. Adventurers only need darken their doors.

Darklands  Heidestrasse 46-52, Building 7, 10557 Berlin Germany  www.darklandsberlin.com

Top hat on mannequin head Fiona Bennett Berlin Germany

Berlin: A Tip of the Hat…Fiona Bennett

You’ll find Fiona Bennett creating her richly-textured, hand-blocked hats and fantasy fascinators in the store window of her self-named shop on the edge of  quirky Kreuzberg. In her beautifully appointed atelier she offers unique and custom made hats for both men and women. She personally came out of the store window studio to help Steven as he tried on various distinctive hats. His particular favorite was a multi-layered black iridescent feathered top hat.  Spectacular and rakishly debonair.

Fiona Bennett, Potsdamer Strasse 81, 10785 Berlin, Germany  www.fionabennett.com

Murkudis 1

Berlin: Sleek and Minimal…Andreas Murkudis

The spartan-designed space at Murkudis makes room for only the most modern selection of designer clothing and accessories for men and women. Books and  home furnishings are also prominently displayed in the center of his salon setting a smart and elegant tone. Our favorite feature of the store was a wall of well-curated sunglasses. A little difficult to find until you realize that it is conveniently located in an alley behind Fiona Bennett.  A fantastic Berlin discovery!

Andrea Murkudis Potsdamer Strasse 81E 10785 Berlin Germany  www.andreasmurkudis.com

To be continued… 

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5 thoughts on “Hall of Fame

  1. Great new section and your consulting info is clear, concise and on target. I can almost hear the sound of new clients rolling in.

    1. Thank you, Phyllis. And thank you for the helpful information that you sent yesterday. Let’s hope you’re right! Did you have any problem reading the Hall of Fame page — we just lightened it up a bit.

  2. As always you are amazing! I look forward to Zippertravel each morning when I turn on my computer, when you are not there, I’m disappointed.
    When you are there, I’m delighted. Thanks for putting a smile on my face when you are there. Karen

    1. Thank you, Karen. Your kind support and encouragement keeps us going! Elizabeth

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