Young Designer's Market, Little Italy
New York City , New York
Concierge.com's insider take:
What's true of most cities also applies to New York: If you want to take the temperature of the town's tastes and style, get to a market. The Young Designer's Market, which operates out of a church gym on weekends, is a good primer on the future generation of fashion tastemakers: Designers, milliners, jewelers, and accessories makers set up (and usually man) stalls displaying their designs, which offers visitors the unique opportunity of conversing with the creators firsthand. Sure, there's a bit of dross to sift through, but there are always gems to be found among the crowded aisles. The labels on display change from week to week, but some recent standouts included cute, vintage-inspired cloche hats by Charm NYC; waist-cinching leather belts from Jetta Boone; and some gorgeous beaten-gold cuffs at the stall of Jennifer Young, who designs under the name Chameleon. The best part of finding something you like? You can expect to pay a mere fraction of the price for comparable pieces in high-end stores.
Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 7 pm.