Want something productive to do while waiting in line for your bacon ‘n eggs brunch at Friend of a Farmer next Sunday? Look no further than the brown and white sign directly across the street that says “Lucia Nenickova” – a teeny-weeny luxe leather goods shop, wedged between two walk-ups on a tony residential block.
The only boutique on Irving Place, Lucia Nenickova is situated in a former tea salon no bigger than a walk-in-closet. A petite blonde from the Czech Republic, Lucia, chose the quaint space to debut her high-end leather accessory and home décor line, providing further proof that size doesn’t matter. You’ll coo over her handcrafted concoctions, which are all made from top quality European leather sourced from one of London’s finest tanneries. Expect a small, yet impressive assortment of circular-shaped mirrors (the Casa collection), over-sized suede-lined shoppers with multiple compartments (ideal for toting around your laptop), sleek cowhide clutches with ostrich accents (perfect for a night on the town) and timeless tan briefcases with boundless pockets. Also on our radar screen are the hipster belts with brass butterfly buckles and sexy red lizard sandals, meticulously constructed with bespoke hand-molded arches for superior comfort and support (buh-bye aching soles and blisters!).
Can’t find something to suit your fancy? Simply ask Lucia and she’ll whip up whatever you want since everything is made-to-measure. Just make sure to have someone hold your place in line across the street!
- Lucia Nenickova
- 72 Irving Place (between 18th and 19th Streets)
- Mon + Tues, by appointment only, Wed-Friday, 1pm-7pm, Sat & Sun, 12pm-7pm
- $65 (business card holder) – $1850 (leather briefcase)
- Final sale on all items
Filed: Shop Talk