December Chic choices


The holiday season is the perfect time to wrap yourself in something cozy. We checked in with April Bukofser and Marin Milio, the fashion designers and entrepreneurs behind AprilMarin in Armonk, for suggestions. They share that their best sellers for the holiday season include the Carnegie poncho ($298), right, in winter-weight fine Merino wool and, below, the Boulder infinity scarf ($56) that comes in hunter, grey, taupe and purple. What a fashionable way to bundle up.

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When it’s time for holiday entertaining, you want to go that extra mile. Your guests will certainly notice if your bar features Tequila Herradura’s latest installment in the limited-edition Colección de la Casa series. The Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado ($89.99) has undergone a double maturation process, aged first in charred American oak casks for 11 months and then transferred to single malt scotch casks from Scotland for three additional months of aging. The special attention imparts both a desirable taste and a finish sure to impress. Cheers!

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There’s no denying the inherent style and design of The Glass House in New Canaan, architect Philip Johnson’s longtime home and now a National Trust Historic Site. As you’d expect, its Design Store is a treasure trove of stylish home furnishings, accessories, books and more. Need ideas for the kitchen? Options range from the Fruit Bowl and Colander (designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1995 for Alessi, $255) to the Cake Knife (Matali Crasset for Pierre Hermé, manufactured by Forge de Laguiole in France, $352) and from the Geo Thermos (designed by Nicholai Wiig Hansen for Normann Copenhagen, $90) to the Cast Iron Casserole (designed by Timo Sarpaneva for iittala 1960, $295).

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It’s all about that little something extra, those touches that make you stand out from the crowd. And Love, Leeann provides the perfect hunting ground for exactly those kinds of fashions, accessories and gifts for the young – and the young at heart. Leeann Cerrito brought more than 25 years of experience as a stylist and merchandiser with her when she opened the Irvington boutique earlier this year. Shoppers can take advantage of her well-tested advice, while also feeling great about their purchases (Cerrito donates 5 percent of all proceeds of sales to The Abbott House, a human services agency). Slip into something glam for the holiday season with, from top left, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs’ faux-fur jacket ($148), the 525 America rabbit-fur vest ($198) or for the fashionable young lady, Kiddos’ studded-pleather jacket ($44).

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Fine pieces inspired by nature are the specialty of Golden Sands Jewelry, which has just launched a website having also recently expanded into retail stores across America and Asia. Popular picks in sterling silver and micron-gold plating include the Spring Collection earrings ($160) and ring ($100) and the Weave collection earrings ($90) and statement cuff ($560). Shine on.

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Samantha Levine of Auburn Jewelry puts gentlemen in the spotlight this holiday season. The Mount Kisco-based designer’s handcrafted cufflinks make an ideal gift for the well-dressed man. Every piece is created on a made-to-order basis, with options ranging from the old-standby monogram to a company logo to images reflecting personal interests. Available in sterling silver or 14k gold, the cufflinks ($125 to $195) can be crafted in one of 18 standard colors, with custom hues on request.

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Everyone knows how flattering candlelight can be. Add heady scents, savvy design and a great backstory, and you’ve got all the makings of a winning home accent. Architect At Home, David Tsui’s London-based company that specializes in bespoke furniture and interior accessories, has introduced the Deco Collection Scented Candles. The signature line of soy wax-and-botanical oil candles is simply intoxicating. We are charmed by the design and packaging inspired by the Art Deco era. The scents are also unique, ranging from Fruity & Gourmand to Woody & Spicy to Floral & Tea, a lovely blend with notes of roses, tuberose, rosewater, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, chamomile and rosewood. Reach out across the pond ($100, including shipping) for a one-of-a-kind gift.

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