With the US dollar so weak, now is a great time to flex that plastic on a shopping spree in NYC.
One of our favourite places to stay in New York, The Mercer is ideally located among the heavy hitters and rising stars of the fashion pack. Breakfast alone (honey cinnamon soaked grapefruit, eggs poached to perfection and homemade granola) is worth the extravagant room rate (from $480). www.mercerhotel.com
Designed by Future Systems, the signature undulating clothing rails at the Marni store are worth a peek. From easy flats to skyscraping heels, we also love this seasons shoes. 161 Mercer St., New York, 212-343-3912, www.marni.com
3.1 Phillip Lim
New Yorks golden boy du jour, this is Lims first store. Check out his line for haute totsas beautifully constructed as his ready-to-wear collections. 115 Mercer St., New York, 212-334-1160, www.31philliplim.com
Filled with easy-to-wear feminine pieces, Jane Mayles pretty little boîte is a favourite among the likes of Helena Christensen and Sofia Coppola. 242 Elizabeth St., New York, 212-625-0406.
Kiki De Montparnasse
From ruffled camisoles to hand-painted silk bloomers, this panty emporium is pure opulence. 79 Greene St., New York, www.kikidm.com