At the heart of Rivington Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a small boutique devoted not just to the dress, but to all the ready-to-wear refinery needed for an inspiring evening. Honey in the Rough is the boudoir of any woman’s dream, carrying everything from baroque earrings by Iosselliani to Miller Harris perfume and playful caftans by Tsumori Chisato.
Inside the tall, inviting windows of the cozy shop are racks of vibrant frocks placed in intimate proximity to a discerning variety of perfumes and jewelry. The luxurious and elegant apparel and accessories are all ready to be tailored to your personal style.
Proprietor Ashley Hanosh—who opened the shop in 2006 in a neighborhood that has taken well to fostering off-the-beaten-path boutiques like hers—carefully selects an international mix of emerging and established designers for the exquisite goods inside. Dresses in elaborate prints and slimming solids abound by the likes of Chisato, Samantha Pleet, Carin Rodebjer and Nomia. Prices for these high-end designers generally range from $300-$600, but steals can be had in sample sales for around $200.
United Bamboo’s funky leather belts and Black Catherine boots are a perfect winter complement to Chisato’s new line of colorful and charming printed caftans. You can top off your outfit with jewelry ranging from the intricate, surreal and thoroughly beguiling creations of Iosselliani—who employ precious metals and gemstones in their biomorphic patterns—to the subtle, ‘40s-era beaded necklaces of German Florian Ladstaetter.
With luxury treatments by beauty guru and award-winning makeup artist Rosie Rodriguez offered downstairs, you can hit the streets of Manhattan running, making Honey in the Rough a one-stop shop for any urbanite. honeyintherough.com
Text by William Blake