Your Personal Concierge
Top Picks for Unique Shops on The Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is home to a number of high-end retailers and Lubna Datchler, concierge at The Surrey, has two picks for unique shops to visit in the area. “Fashion is a very large part of the guest experience at The Surrey,” Datchler says—noting that the hotel often collaborates with area boutiques and even boasts a customized armoire in the lobby, which displays a number of items from unique designers. Handbag designer Perrin Paris has been featured in the armoire, and artisans in Paris handcraft the company’s architectural leather handbags. The family-owned-and-operated business recently opened up shop on Madison Avenue and there “you will find the owner himself, Monsieur Michel, at hand to take you on a journey through their beautifully crafted handbags and accessories,” Datchler says. The Surrey recently collaborated with Kwiat Diamonds, which specializes in a wide collection of styles—ranging from classics, such as engagement rings, stud earrings and wedding rings; to fashion pieces, including bold cuff bracelets, hoop earrings and decorative pendants. Datchler suggests a trip to the company’s intimate Madison Avenue boutique. Other designers featured in the armoire include the newly launched lingerie line Fleur du Mal, which pays homage to the classic female provocateur; and headpiece designer Gigi Burris Millinery. You can shop both of these designers’ online boutiques.