Even though the forecast predicted rain, I was determined to make it to the Hester Street Fair this weekend – and make it I did. Started in part by MTV VJ Suchin Pak, the fair is a recent (and very welcome) addition to the Lower East Side. The crowd was light (thanks to aforementioned weather report), making for optimal browsing conditions to check out the clothes, jewelry, shoes, and treats for sale. Here are just a few highlights:
Vintage jewelry vendor Treasures and Pleasures had a wide array of highly covetable baubles and bags, including vintage Valentino (see below), Chanel, and even a Judith Leiber among other cocktail sparklers and odds-n-ends. I got quickly sucked in and could hardly keep the “oohs” and “ahhs” to myself – his stand alone made the trip worth it.
The cotton T’s from A.S.I.S. (Angela Spencer’s Irresistible Stuff) were all ultra soft, and screen printed with patterns like lace, and a selection of sailor’s knots. Flower Girl NYC had an incredible selection of terrariums (and you know we love terrariums!), each with a sweet description of the plants’ needs (ie lots of sunlight, a regular misting, etc). If you’re not up for the task of a DIY terrarium, these are gorgeous and reasonably priced.
Now lets get to the food: so many incredible vendors so close together make choosing your lunch the hardest part of your time at Hester Street Fair. We (finally) decided on the melt-in-your-mouth crab rolls from Luke’s Lobster, followed by mind blowing gruyere and paprika pretzels (served warm, with spicy mustard) from Sigmund Pretzel Shop (see above). I could have easily eaten about five, and gone on to sample the Mexican popsicles and pulled pork sandwiches… but I refrained.
Check out the fair in photos, below, and be sure to head down to the L.E.S. next week for food and fun.
Have you scored anything from the Hester Street Fair yet?