6 “New York State of Mind” Gifts

With the world becoming increasingly homogenized, it’s always a treat to take home something from your travels that you can only get in a particular place—especially during the gift giving season. We found six special things that are unique to the Big Apple just in time for the holidays. Each has significance to our concrete jungle so impress a loved one with these distinctive gifts that are in a New York state of mind.


Rodarte Scarf available at the Madarin Oriental shop

The view from atop of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, is a mass of trees from nearby Central Park. During wintertime the greenery transforms into a twisting and crossing mass of black branches. This specially designed scarf, by Rodarte will remind you of the winter view—a great take- away from a New York City getaway.100% modial, $350. Available at the Mandarin’s Oriential Spa Boutique.


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Alexis Bittar’s “Empire”collection

Alexis Bittar designed these crystal  bling drops with “Cookie” in mind from the hit show “Empire”.  Sold only at Saks Fifth Avenue,  the earrings have a matching necklace and bangle to complete the entire “Cookie” blinged-out look. $395.  

Payard Liberty Cake


French New Yorker,François Payard, pays homage to the rich and storied connection between The Big Apple and The City of Light with a new, limited release Liberty Holiday Cake, available Monday, December 14 through the end of the month. The dark blue exterior is dotted with New York’s skyline and opens up to reveal a bright, light blue interior oozing joie de vivre and illustrated with Paris’ famed landmarks. 

 Composed of dark chocolate Chantilly and layers of praline filled with a silky crème brûlée center made with vanilla beans from Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti, the entire creation is covered in Valrhona 63% Illanka Dark Chocolate mousse, a special chocolate made with extremely rare white cocoa beans.

 The cake will only be available in New York City at Payard’s five locations or for delivery in Manhattan, serves 8 people and retails for $125.

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To celebrate the opening  of their new flagship on 51 and Madison, Furla, has created a limited edition “Fifth Avenue” collection of bags and small leather goods including a “Metropolous” bag.

Dooney & Bourke

Dooney & Bourke’s Yankee wallet will hit a home run with pinstripe lovers. $68.00

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Bottega Veneta Crocodile unisex bag, $50,000

Bottega Veneta’s  crocodile unisex bag is only available in the big city.  For that ultra-cool downtown look with some serious uptown-uxe maneuverings.