Shopping report: Sigerson Morrison, uptown
Tucked away on East 71st St. just off Madison Avenue, the Sigerson Morrison Laboratory Boutique has been flying below the radar since its opening last fall. But that’s given owners Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison time to get their sea legs with the new venture, which combines their signature shoes and bags with a tightly edited mix of vintage sunglasses, jewelry, perfumes and stationery. “Finding cool, esoteric things to sell alongside the shoes has been a pleasure,” says Morrison. “We love to find, choose and share the things we like.”
This includes the work of up-and-coming artists, as the boutique also serves as a gallery space. Most recently, the boutique exhibited the scrolly, trippy works of wallpaper guru Dan Funderburgh. Next up is fashion illustrator Rikke Jorgensen, whom the duo will fête with an opening on May 5.
The uptown clientele “is anthropologically just as distinctive as on Prince Street,” says Sigerson. As she puts it, it’s a mélange of “fashionista high-schooler, chic working mother, grande dame” and stylish pedestrian wandering “between the Whitney and the Frick.”
Not surprisingly, the shoes have proven the main draw. “But we’re also really intrigued by which of the other offerings people respond to.,” says Morrison. “Uptown shoppers definitely love handbags, python, rare gemstones, hand-made gold chains. And they wear more gloves, which one might have guessed.”