As fun as New York’s festive markets may be, there are often times when you simply do not feel like braving the cold. For times like this, the Grand Central Holiday Fair offers the best of both worlds, with a sprawling festive market set within the legendary Grand Central Terminal.
There is plenty of clothing to be found at the Grand Central Holiday Fair, with some of the women’s ready to wear highlights being Mariella de Leeuw and NatureVsFuture, the latter of which focuses on an eco-conscious approach to fashion. In terms of menswear, you will find vendors such as Margo Petitti and the Lodge Man Shop, while Cate and Levi, as well as Tuff Kookooshka, will be there to cater to children. In-keeping with the winter season, there will be quite a few knitwear vendors displaying their goods, selling everything from clothing to knitted accessories. Spratters and Jayne is one of these knitwear vendors, who create luxury scarves, wraps and gloves, while those who are wanting to learn more about how a simple cable knit scarf is such a versatile accessory should head for the Ping Wu stall.
There is always a wide range of jewelry vendors at the Grand Central Holiday Fair, and many of these pieces make fabulous gifts. any new york will be selling jewelry that has been handmade locally, while the Au Showroom will be showcasing work from Manhattan’s Diamond District. Saskia de Vries Designs is a boutique jewelry company that makes use of materials collected from all over the world, while the pieces from Blue Hound Jewelry have a distinct masculine feel to them with their industrial but tribal influences.
For those who want to purchase some extra-special holiday ornaments this year, there are a couple of vendors that you should definitely make a beeline for. The first is Craftspring, which is a Brooklyn based brand that partners up with women in Kyrgyzstan and other developing countries to create traditional crafts that make beautiful gifts and ornaments. The next vendor is The Glass Haus, which makes use of specialized techniques to produce everything from fused glass art to exquisite bevelled hangings, with many pieces created specially for the holiday season.
Gifts for the home are always popular during the festive season, and there are some great vendors to choose from at the fair this year. The Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio stall will be displaying their contemporary pewter, brass, copper and silver pieces, all of which feature bold designs but elegant finishing, while Hardwood Creations will be selling their handcrafted wood objects, ranging from toys and games to furniture and kitchenware.
The Grand Central Holiday Fair runs daily from now until Christmas Eve, and is the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping for some one-of-a-kind gifts. Whether you end up walking away with some cozy winter knits or some locally handcrafted jewelry, this is one of the top spots in the city when it comes to holiday shopping.