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Jet set shopping

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas all on the horizon, we round up our top three retail finds in our top three retail destinations.

Currently in the middle of a creative boom, London is undergoing a renaissance of style and street culture that has many of the world’s top designers take inspiration from the youthful subcultures exploding throughout the city.

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Assouline
The most beautiful coffee-table books in the world can be found at the bijous outpost of this family publisher on Piccadilly. Architecture, art, fashion and travel are all in attendance, encased in the kind of tomes designed to celebrate the perfection of print.

Dover Street Market
Since it upped sticks from Mayfair to a cavernous building on Haymarket last year, the brainchild of Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo has expanded to include furniture, jewellery and paper products alongside concessions from guest designers (plus London’s best carrot cake at Rose Bakery on the top floor).

Hostem
Having recently moved around the corner from Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street to Old Nichol Street, Hostem’s tightly edited collection of niche designer brands offers an idiosyncratic view of fashion – and practically guarantees a gift no one else will have thought of.

 

Fast-paced and gritty, New York boasts a caustic charm all of its own – yet still has the ability to charm and delight when you least expect it. Stay off the beaten track with Victor’s guide to these downtown delights (and beyond).

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Catbird
Set smack-bang in the middle of the hipster enclave of Brooklyn, this store is worth the trip across the bridge to the outer boroughs. A jeweller first and foremost, Catbird handcrafts its own creations in its Williamsburg studio, and also boasts a superlative selection of candles and cashmere in its gift shop.

The Line
Located in a SoHo townhouse, The Apartment by The Line – to give it its full name – sets new standards in retail. A shop in the form of your super-stylish friend’s living quarters, everything from the art on the walls to the clothes in the closet is available to buy.

ODD
A “boutique and styling house” for the committed urbanite, ODD stocks everything a well-appointed man or woman about town could possibly need. Avant-garde yet accessible, it doesn’t get more Lower East Side than this – and also offers free same-day delivery for New Yorkers.

 

The grande dame of the fashion world, the elegance and romance of Paris will always hold a special place for Victor: our picks celebrate the modern interpretations of the Belle Époque that the City of Light does so well.

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Le Bon Marché
This Left Bank institution combines everything you might expect from one of the best department stores on the planet. Start at the newly refurbished food hall on the ground floor but don’t be surprised if you never make it upstairs: sometimes it’s best to just surrender to the many delicious delicacies this country excels at.

Colette
Named in honour of one of the country’s most famous novelists, Colette offers 700 square feet of French fancies: promising “a never ending assortment of fashion, high-tech, arts, streetwear, beauty and waters”, you’ll find things here that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

L’Eclaireur
With a number of branches throughout the city, L’Eclaireur combines a tightly edited selection of women’s and men’s goodies alongside a healthy range of perfumes. If you haven’t yet experienced a hidden sliding wall in your life, head to the Marais for a revealing encounter and a shop within a shop.

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