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