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.
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
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
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.
M 1350 Main Street, St. Helena, California 94574 www.martinshowroom.com
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
Zippertravel, the perpetual traveling optimists keep searching for shops that simply blow us away