Hot Block: Ladue

By Sheniqua Faulkner
In Culture, Guide

This month, Associate Editor Sheniqua Faulkner heads to Ladue with her holiday shopping list in hand and visions of one-of-a-kind gifts dancing in her head.

 

Need proof that the holidays are truly here? Check out the shops in Ladue along Clayton Road. The cozy boutiques, cafés and specialty stores of this hot block are dressed in their December best, both outside—wreaths, twinkling lights, garlands—and inside in the form of too-good-to-pass up sales and rows, tables and racks of unique gifts.

First stop: Savile Row, known for made-to-measure suits, dress shirts, pants and sportswear, to shop for the stylish guys in my life. My knowledge of men’s clothing extends about as far as the menswear-inspired pinstripe blazer or boyshort-boxer PJs in my own wardrobe; luckily Operations Manager Mandy Boncek is on hand to help. She tells me the store offers gift certificates, which are perfect for the guy who seems to have everything—or, in my case, for the clueless girlfriend/daughter who wants to appear to have custom-clothier clout.

Across Clayton Road, I spot Giddy Up Jane, a boutique I’ve been meaning to check out since it opened earlier this year. Owner Jane Lavey, who calls herself “the last of the Ladue cowgirls,” has created a fun place to shop for hip Western clothing and accessories like boots, hats and buckles—many that are handmade by Jane herself from vintage jewelry she finds at antique malls, estate sales and flea markets.

For comfy loungewear and pretty designer lingerie, I always go to JULE. Among the lacy camisoles and silk chemises, I spot a shelf of coffee table books devoted to under things—among them, the pop-up book by local artist Cheree Berry, Hoorah for the Bra—a great present for the most supportive of gal pals. Next door, at Wish, I score great stocking stuffers from the exclusive By Terry cosmetics and discover this is the only place in STL one can find the coveted French beauty line.

I definitely have a fashionista or two on my list, so I make a beeline for Vie, where I find a display of colorful scarves, the perfect one-size-fits-all gift. Vie also carries display cases full of fashion-forward costume jewelry—think baubalicous cocktail rings and stunning statement necklaces and even some elegant home accessories like ornate frames and scented candles. At Alixandra Collections I momentarily forget I’m not shopping for myself (focus!) as I browse in-demand Tano handbags, Rachel Pally clothing and Nashelle 14K gold initial charms.

The Service Bureau is a must when I need a great holiday hostess gift. And when I happen to be throwing a party of my own, this festive stationery store has great seasonal home accents, too. In a season where giving is at top of mind, it’s good to know that 100 percent of the store’s profits go back to the community. For even more help prepping for seasonal entertaining, Gourmet To Go has great holiday party menus for any budget or occasion. And anything that saves you time, money and stress is definitely a gift worth giving yourself this hectic time of year.

 

483_228.jpgSavile Row is kown for made-to-measure suits, dress shirts, pants, and sportswear.

484_228.jpgHome accents at The Service Bureau

485_228.jpgHoorah for the Bra by local artist Cheree Berry found at Jule.

486_228.jpgHome accents at The Service Bureau

 

Photo credit: Photos by Danny Reise

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