Leta Austin Foster Boutique
Leta Austin Foster Boutique carries a curated collection of handmade and custom items – whether you are looking for the perfect present, or would like something specific for yourself, or just want your own ideas to come to reality. Carrying especially stylish wares for chic entertaining, loads of sumptuous linens for bed and table, hard to find home fragrance, and elegant old-world children’s clothing, we are happy to find just what you need.
Leta Austin Foster opened her eponymous boutique in 1990 as a way to truly finish her interior design projects. The boutique carries current brands of the utmost quality, as well as items that are designed by Leta, and custom made with traditional techniques.
“I realized that as the world had changed, I could no longer get the things I loved—like beautiful bed linens, wastepaper baskets, trays, cocktail napkins and writing paper. To this day, I try to keep the store knee-deep in those things. Most items are custom-made, so everything is of the best quality.”
The boutique carries a curated selection of items for your house and bath, social correspondence, entertaining, beautiful clothes and gifts for children, and for hard-to-find presents. Every classic design carried has a design story, rich history, and craftsmanship, the hallmarks that Leta is known for. With so many remarkable craftsmen, the boutique is able to custom-make anything you may desire. Leta Austin Foster Boutique is the regional store for D. Porthault linens.
“We’re the store where people go when they can’t find something. If we don’t have it, we’ll make it if we can. We once made dinnerware for a woman who lived on the ocean and wanted the sea life she saw—turtles, crabs, shells, fish and seaweed—on it. We had a set of Limoges china, painted and fired to her specifications, for 36. That’s the kind of order we love.”
The building is nestled in one of the original Vias on the north side of Worth Avenue. The Via and the building were designed by Addison Mizner. When Leta purchased the building, originally a hotel for bachelors, she had it restored. The building now houses, instead of bachelors, the boutique on the ground floor and the design studio, Leta Austin Foster and Associates above.
“I love using the things we carry in the rooms I decorate. I prefer beds to have blanket covers rather than bedspreads. I like hand-painted toile and wooden accessories for the rooms; I love to have thermoses by the beds or in the library. That’s the way I think things should look. A house needs fabulous bed linens, great glasses, soft, thick towels—the nicest things, down to the tissue boxes.”