City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

One of my favorite things about New York is the shopping in SOHO. I’m not talking about the pricey boutiques where you may have to sell your first born for a pair of designer shades. But rather the fabulous street scores you can find on just about every corner. When it comes to jewelry and T-shirts, most “sidewalk vendors” create the pieces themselves adding one-of-a-kind charm to their goods. Well my darlings, I have found the motherland of all unique hand-made street scores. Next time you’re enjoying brunch with the girls in SOHO, head over to the Young Designers Market on Mulberry St. A gymnasium packed with designers eager to share their designs and the inspiration behind them. You’ll find wall-to-wall handmade jewelry, shoes, hats, clothes, handbags, etc. The charm of the market is that you are buying directly from the designer, which makes you appreciate your purchase that much more (you can also haggle prices a bit, shhh).

Adorable summer dresses can be tailored to fit you perfectly for no extra charge, photo printed shirts (they actually take the photo and print them onto clothes), organic cotton tees and interesting jewelry you are sure to get tons of compliments on. Also, if you or anyone you know is a designer you can log onto to reserve a booth and share your designs with the city. Otherwise, support the local artists by picking up some items that are sure to accentuate your signature New York style.

WHAT: Young Designers Market
WHERE: 268 Mulberry Street (between Prince & Houston)
WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm

Originally published July 2008
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