Bond St, New York

Stark contrast to London's own

Stark contrast to London's own

Tracey Pollard

Perhaps my favourite street on our recent trip to New York was Bond Street, in Noho. Located off Broadway & Lafayette, Bond Street was recommended as a street to visit by Jo Hudson from CBRE’s New York office. In stark contrast to London’s own Bond Street, this cobbled street with its mixture of historic Brownstones and new architecture is a fantastic collection of independents and small emerging brands. It really creates a point of difference, especially in comparison to some of the more established streets in Soho, which have become home to the international retail brands. Surrounded by beautiful people, this little New York street offers the perfect movie backdrop. It’s home to a host of sectors along side retail, to including residential developments such as 40 New Bond Street, which was developed by Ian Schrager Company and designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Apparently, Ian Schrager has bought the top two floors and converted it into his family home and who can blame him; the street below features a collection of retailer’s to inspire and restaurants to enjoy.
Stores include Oak, who have two stores in LA and a further store in Brooklyn. Selling men’s and ladies fashion alongside lifestyle pieces, this cutting edge store features its own house label and uber hip brands such as Alexander Wang, Rick Owens and Won Hundred. Billy Reid, has a beautiful boutique as you enter Bond Street, it was once an old theatre but it now offers classic American fashion, footwear and accessories over a number of floors. Billy Reid has 12 retail stores in the states and the New York townhouse interior is constructed from salvaged materials and bric –a-brac  from Billy’s homelands “The South”. The ceiling is covered with doors from a Mississippi school house, whilst the clothing racks are made form apothecary cabinets, found in the Mississippi Delta.  Its domestic scale and vintage design is an extreme contrast to the sleek lines of most Manhattan Boutiques, yet its personality and independence is perfect for Bond Street.
Bond No 9, also celebrates America, with each of its fragrances representing a specific area of New Young, be it downtown, mid town or uptown. The companies HQ are located in Bond Street and its ranges of women’s, men’s and unisex eau de parfum was founded in 203 by Laurice Rahme.
If after all this shopping you need to eat, BondSt restaurant might be a good place to stop. Each of the three floors offers a separate experience from the lounge on ground floor, to the sushi bar at first, or the private dining on the second floor. All offer great people watching, whilst the first floor has views over the cobbled street below.