…Statement Jewelry–including some of the best, most originally designed clip earrings in New York!
The first thing you’re likely to see when you walk into Off Broadway (Boutique) is its founder, owner, buyer, designer, merchandiser, style maven, and resident bon vivant (for forty-one years, ) Lynn Dell. She may be wearing a sequined fedora or a red scalloped cloche. Her jewelry will be large, unexpected, striking. Her make-up will be perfect. She’ll welcome you with a radiant, red smile. This is a woman who loves what she’s created, loves what she does. Every detail of the attractive shop reflects Lynn’s taste, acumen, and enthusiasm. The staff, some of whom have been with her almost as long as she’s been in retailing, are knowledgeable, honest, and low key (there’s no sign of a hard sell). Off Broadway (Boutique) has a devoted clientele. The environment is accommodating and good spirited. And it has, like Lynn Dell, pizzazz!
The second thing you’ll see is the jewelry department.
While other buyers are only attending organized trade shows at which everyone has access to the same pieces, Lynn travels at least three times a year to such places as Greece, Spain, Vietnam, China, India, Morocco and Mexico where she looks for inspiration and interesting materials. She consigns for the creation of jewelry while abroad in accordance with her unique artistic instincts. Off Broadway (Boutique) carries jewelry ranging from $90 to $400 that appears to be much more expensive (every now and then something irresistible is presented at higher retail) and it’s often exclusive!
In Mexico, for example, the resourceful Lynn produced a line of light-as-a-feather metal earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches in silver, silver with gold wash and copper (above). These display a stylish ethnicity one cannot quite place. The almost weightless earrings are a fabulous find. Were it not for the gentle brushing of the drops against the face, you wouldn’t know you had them on.
While other buyers choose only from existing showroom samples, Lynn confers with designers like Karavas, special ordering originals in sizes or materials she feels appropriate to her particular clientele—women in search of elegant, but often braver designs. Bold, clean and important are three adjectives she often utilizes.
Other well known jewelers represented include Fahrenheit, Avant Garde, Patrice, and Bat-Ami. Ever in search of the wonderful and intriguing, she also sees new designers at the store with a view towards informing them of her aesthetic.
Functional as well as visual innovation is recognized here, without sacrificing one for the other. Angela Caputi’s necklaces close with a magnet clasp for those of us who are all (manicured) thumbs. Magnetic brooches that attach to a garment without damaging pin holes or pulling at fine fabric are sufficiently conductive to affix to a coat.
Off Broadway carries jewelry in sterling silver, electroform silver (which is sterling veneer; much lighter than solid metal), bone, resin, rhinestone, Swarovski Crystal, coral, turquoise, jade, jasper, onyx …from sleek to sparkling, from organic to baroque, from refined (not flimsy or diminutive) to authoritative (Lynn is particularly attracted to, talented at developing, and her best model for authoritative pieces) including rings, bracelets, necklaces, hair ornaments and oh the clip earrings! (You won’t find as remarkable a collection of clip earrings anywhere in Manhattan). Each piece is soooo carefully selected, Lynn may choose only one from a large grouping she is offered. There are usually fifty artisans represented at any one time. The jewelry is beautifully made, uncommonly styled and of such variety the metaphor of a kid in a candy store seems apt. Give yourself time to try on.
Liza Minelli and Heidi Klum have done so and exited with the shop’s distinctive black shopping bags.
Lynn Dell has put together a gallery of art to wear.
Off Broadway (Boutique) also carries extremely unique accessories and clothing. Its eveningwear has singular flair. The clothes are made for women of all shapes and sizes, not twenty year old models. Alterations are available.
At the back of the shop is a vintage consignment area of well selected, gently worn clothing and accessories.
Off Broadway (Boutique)
139 West 72nd Street
Mail; Delivery; Gift Wrap
Mon-Fri. 10:30-8:00; Sat. 10:30-7:00, Sun. 1:00-7:00
Clip earrings can be changed to pierced on special order