I first heard of Creel & Gow from my friend Fiona Kotur. Soon after telling me about the store I began seeing photos of it in magazines like Elle Decor and Architectural Digest. I had forgotten about it until I chanced upon the store while on a stroll on the Upper East Side. If you didn’t know the address of Creel & Gow, you would most likely miss it. Lucky for me, I always make it a point to walk 70th street from Park Avenue to Lexington because it is one of the best streets on the UES lined with glorious townhouses. Tucked into one of these houses towards Lexington is Creel & Gow (131 East 70th Street). It is owned by Christoper Gow and Jamie Creel. Coincidentally, Gow’s apartment near Grand Central Station (and near me) is featured in the March 2013 issue of Elle Decor.
Walking into Creel & Gow is like stepping into one giant cabinet of curiosities. There are various taxidermy creatures from as little as bugs and butterflies to pelicans, from stunning peacocks to wild zebras and even a lion. There are many corals of all shapes and varieties. There are deconstructed crustacea like lobsters and crabs in glass domes. Precious boxes and bowls made of malachite and lapis lazuli. Obelisks and sphere made of crystals and stones. Shells mixed with silver. And various other special objets. The taxidermy animals I have read are sourced from zoos after the animals have died.
Creel & Gow is a mix of chic pieces and a few that might not be to the liking of the weak of heart. I see myself purchasing a few items if my budget allowed including that zebra head.
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