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Directly across the street from the menacing tower of Citibank’s downtown headquarters sits a boutique exuding luxury and calm. Edon Manor, a recently-opened Tribeca shop that sells shoes and accessories, is as dedicated to presentation as it is to Proenza Schouler python pumps ($980).
Designed by the prestigious Kramer Design Group, the boutique is a study in graceful elegance. The footwear, handpicked by store owner Davinia Wang, is artfully displayed throughout the space. Valentino, Givenchy, Vivenne Westwood, Rupert Sanderson, and Sergio Rossi are among the designers offered, and many pairs were plucked straight from their runway shows. The selection ranges from demure (Carmen Ho ostrich ballet flats) to straight up sex-on-legs (Givenchy patent open-toe mules).
The least expensive pair in the store is $350 (platform boots from British designer Scorah Pattullo), and most hovered in the $700 range. For an area that boasts one of the most expensive zip codes in the country, the $1100 Sergio Rossi gold riding boots are not necessarily a stretch for neighborhood moms or visiting jet-setters.
The Givenchy patent mules
But don’t let that deter you from stepping into Edon Manor to gaze. Though the décor is precious and the shoes are pricey, the atmosphere is remarkably relaxed and inviting. The staff was friendly and engaging – and we were neither pushing a bugaboo nor paying in Euros.