You may not be a royal, but now you can dress like one. In honor of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s nuptials, we’ve created a guide to the best British boutiques in New York City. By Jenn D’Imperio.
417 West 14th Street
Prince Charles was a client of Alexander McQueen in the early stages of the fashion designer’s career. And despite McQueen’s untimely passing in early 2010, his Meatpacking District boutique still offers some of the best when it comes to eclectic fashions of the British variety.
313 Bleecker St (between Barrow St & Grove St)
New York, NY 10014
Reiss just happens to be one of Kate Middleton‘s favorite designers – so it’s no wonder the three NYC storefronts have seen a spike in sales since the Duchess of Wales donned one of their numbers in her official engagement photos. The menswear, womenswear and accessories boutique offers timeless looks at a (relatively) inexpensive price.
112 Prince Street
London-based designer Karen Millen opened her first NYC location back in 2008 down in SoHo. Across the pond, Karen Millen is considered a high-end designer, claiming the woman she designs for is a combination of confidence and fun. Christina Ricci, Molly Sims, and Fergie are all fans of the label. Fun fact: Many of Millen’s designs were used in the wardrobe for the Lifetime movie based on Kate Middleton’s life.
853 Madison Avenue
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Luxury shop Asprey offers exclusive British products and designer accessories including cut diamonds, leather, china, and silver. The label prides themselves on high quality, beauty, and exclusive design. The company was founded in South London in 1781 before expanding all over the world.
Tea & Sympathy
Tea & Sympathy is the quintessential British boutique and restaurant, and it’s been getting its fair share of publicity as the hot spot for royal wedding festivities in NYC. Stop by the Greenwich Ave spot for lunch or dinner and feast on English favorites like bangers ‘n mash, shephard’s pie, welsh rarebit, or roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. After you’re stuffed, stroll over to their shop where you can stock up on British groceries and sweets, tea and authentic teapots, all things ‘Union Jack’, and tee-shirts galore. Bonus: Royal Wedding Raffle Tickets are on sale! Tickets are $10 a pop, all proceeds go to the Royal Couples’ charity, and you could win big prizes like round-trip tickets to London, a helicopter ride around NYC, or a Tom Binns designer necklace.
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Jenn D’Imperio is a NYC-based freelance writer. She blogs at Just Act Like You Know.