Whether hunting for a one-off piece, looking to improve your new luxury loft, or just browsing, the West Village has a dazzling range of antique stores to get you inspired. Everything from French-inspired homeware to vintage blown-glass to collectible handbags and furs can be found in the neighborhood’s stores. Here’s a selection of some great antique shops in the West Village.
Stepping into Le Fanion you could be forgiven for thinking you’d somehow been transported to Provence itself. The store’s hoard of southern French collectibles comprises pottery, earthenware, hand-turned traditional pottery, ovenware, crystal chandeliers, folk art, hand-painted tiles, weathervanes and more. Colors are rich, earthy, and the store’s overall look is nothing short of mesmerizing. If you want to put together an entire French interior (not unusual once you’ve seen the possibilities here), staff can advise. Le Fanion also has a rather quirky array of French accoutrements; think cowbells, pitchforks and apothecary jars.
The End of History
If you’re looking to spruce up your luxury condominium at the Printing House with unique vases, bowls and the like, The End of History is the place for you. Since 1997 this friendly store has been specializing in vintage hand-blown glass and rare ceramics. Murana candlesticks, Art Deco porcelain animals, Stelvia decanters and Bohemian glass lamps have all been on sale recently, although stock shifts fast. Editors of top magazines are known to come here to source for photo shoots, and top interior designers are no stranger to The End of History either. Who knows, after a few purchases, maybe your place will be on the next New York Spaces cover.
Madame Matovu, on 240 West 10th Street, sells vintage pearls, furs, and shoes, all of which possess a timeless quality. The woman behind this West Village venture is Rosemary Wettenhall, an old school fashionista who stalks the globe for her pieces, and sometimes even repairs them herself (she’s incredibly handy with a sewing machine). Madame Matovu is accessible to all walks of clients; prices range from around $20 for some jewelry and knick-knacks, to tens of thousands for certain handbags and dresses.
The owners of Adelaide consider the 1930s through the 1960s to be the height of glamor, so that’s the focus of this exceptional West Village antique shop. Unique vintage furniture (think 1950s Danish teak desks and chrome and glass end tables from the 1960s) mingle with stylish lamps and kitsch prints. For the classy drinker, Adelaide stocks accoutrements such as 1930s cocktail shakers, Thermos ice buckets, etched glasses and walnut hors d’oeuvres trays. Guaranteed to make the soiree at your no-fee apartment the talk of the town.
LEO Design is the baby of menswear designer Kimo Jung, who founded the store in 1995. Rather than suits and shirts though, LEO Design gravitates towards homeware. Once described as “claustrophobic in a good way”, the store is cluttered with desk accessories, ornate bookends, vintage photo frames, and brass candlesticks. In particular, if you’re looking to bring life to your dining table, mantelpiece or study, LEO design is a must-visit. Though there are no clothes here per se, the store does have a delectable range of rare cufflinks and women’s jewelry, making it a popular destination for gift shopping.
Image courtesy of: Eran Menashri
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