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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week, where roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.
Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel. Photo via
Hotel gift shops have undergone a serious upgrade in recent years. Once a destination for a city trinket and a replacement toothbrush, the category has transformed to become regularly stocked with designer wares and artist collectables. Don't let those hotel-dwelling tourists have all the shopping fun—take a peek for yourself and discover some of the coolest boutiques in the city .
Caron Callahan at the Wythe Hotel
Williamsburg's Wythe Hotel launched a rotating retail concept in September and designer Caron Callahan is first to have her way with the space. Naturally, Callahan's collection of womenswear is available for purchase, but she's also culled a number of other brands across apparel, accessories, home goods, and small-run magazines. Callahan called on Jessa Blades to curate a selection of natural beauty products and herbal remedies.
Project No. 8, Opening Ceremony at The Ace Hotel
First to arrive in the bizarre wholesale district just north of Madison Square Park, the Ace Hotel houses two exceptionally cool shops in addition to its own well-executed lobby store. Opening Ceremony's outpost brings their quirky, global point-of-view with special edition "souvenirs" sold just at the Ace. Meanwhile, at Project No. 8, you can find a selection of travel-specific goods on their bright green shelving but, of course, with a high-design twist.
Maison Kitsuné at the NoMad
The French label's first stateside boutique houses not only its own brand, but likeminded wares including streamlined bags from WANT Les Essentials and fancy stuff for getting clean by Aesop.
The Shop at the Standard High Line
The Standard's Shop is brimming with collabs that range from Quicksilver swim trunks to artist edition blankets in addition to luxe products from the likes of Comme des Garcons, RGB, and Six Scents.
25 Park at the Mark Hotel
Joining the party uptown is 25 Park, the fifth location for this mini-chain, at the historic Mark Hotel. Despite the stuffy zipcode, 25 Park brings downtown uptown with designers like Acne and Suno.
· All Travel Week 2013