HIDE AND SIKH
A hidden SoHo gallery takes on India
If you've got an exotic vacation on your summer calendar, well done (and please bring us back something fabulous). If you don't, you can still feel like you got away with a trip to SoHo's international store-cum-gallery, Kiosk, which debuted its India exhibit last week.
Part foreign street stall, part museum of worldly trinkets, Kiosk (which is tucked away inside an easily missed, graffiti-marked entranceway) profiles a new far-off locale every few months, showcasing and selling everyday items we otherwise couldn't buy without a plane ticket and passport. Past treasures include Japanese pepper powder, reindeer hide from Sweden and a breathtaking Mexican glass slipper.
The India goods (many of which make for great gifts) are equally eclectic and range from quirky home items to gorgeous fashion pieces. On a recent visit, we fell in love with a one-of-a-kind hibiscus hairpin made from tin ($80), a stack of vibrantly patterned silk scarves ($150) and the ethically harvested sandalwood and jasmine essential oils ($20 to $30) from India-based company A.V. Kale and Sons.
Some of our favorite items were not for sale but still very much worth perusing: A metal tiffin dish and glass chai cup had us longing for tea and dosas in a bustling Mumbai café.
The India Exhibit runs through Fall. Kiosk, 95 Spring St. (between Mercer St. and Broadway); 212-226-8601 or kioskkiosk.com