Thursday, January 21

best NYC shops

i know christmas just passed a month ago, but i couldnt help but post this in case anybody was heading in to the city and wanted to catch the last of the beginning of the year sales to pick up something amazingggg!

and check out this video:

West Village:

Pippin Vintage Jewelry, 112 West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue; 212-206-0008

In New York, "vintage" is rarely synonymous with "affordable," and if you're shopping for quality, you'd better be ready to shell out the big bucks. Pippin Vintage Jewelry bucks with this wallet-deflating trend by offering up a vast array of accessories from brooches to cufflinks, most of which run between $5-30. For anyone who has ever been turned off by the chaos of some vintage stores, Pippin is a godsend: The store is incredibly organized, with pieces arranged by color and type in small chests of drawers, or, neatly laid out on wooden bureaus and tables to aid even the weariest of treasure hunter. Stock also gets replenished on a regular basis, meaning weekly visits are always likely to promise new treasures.

Albertine, 13 Christopher Street between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue; 212-924-8515

There are plenty of good reasons why Kyung Lee has a loyal following: A focus on smaller, unique labels, impeccable service, and comfortable furnishings that provide a stylish respite to tired shoppers. Her charming Christopher Street store Albertine offers an eclectic mix of designers and a beautiful collection of vintage jewelry, all nestled next to Victorian couches and distinctive knick-knacks that provide an air of quiet romance. Bespoke dress-making adds to the special experience every shopper is likely to have in this petite store, and is rounded off by unobtrusive and friendly service from the boutique's elegant shop assistants.

Otte NY, 121 Greenwich Avenue at 13th Street; 21- 213-4030

The West Village location of Otte brings all the charm of Kay Lee's original Brooklyn boutique, appealing to a downtown crowd with "everything from basics to black tie." The minimalist, well-lit space lets the carefully edited selection of clothing and accessories take center stage, which include pieces by 3.1. Phillip Lim, Nicole Farhi, Vanessa Bruno, and Rag and Bone. Basic tees and jeans by Current/Elliot and J Brand are also in the mix, ensuring that shoppers will be spoilt for choice in this friendly neighborhood favorite.

Greenpoint and Williamsburg:

Oak, 208 N. 8th Street between Driggs and Roebling; 718-782-0521

Many a Williamsburg shopping excursion starts at Oak's glass-front garage on North 8th Street, just a block from the Bedford L stop. It-kids flock to Jeff Madalena and Louis Terline's recently expanded store for its carefully curated stock of men's and women's clothes, shoes, and accessories from hip and edgy labels like Acne, Surface to Air, Rick Owens drkshdw, Alexander Wang, Kaylee Tankus, and Oak's own line of on-trend pieces. The killer denim selection and range of shoes, not to mention A.OK, a shop-in-shop of clothes at lower price points, make a visit to the Brooklyn Oak essential.

Malin Landaeus, North 6th between Bedford and Driggs; 646-361-0261

The 'burg is overrun with vintage shops, but Malin Landaeus stands out in the crowd. Owner Malin set up her store to feel as homey as a living room, and its racks of fun vintage invite you to play dress-up as soon as you step inside. The shop's long been an R29 fave, and is the only in-person place to find Erica Weiner's entire jewelry line. With Malin's recently-opened, appointment-only archive just down the street, the store is one of the only vintage shops you'll want (or need) to hit up.

Old Hollywood, 110 Meserole Avenue; 718-389-0837

You'll feel like you're shopping in a pinup's 1950s boudoir at Old Hollywood, the Greenpoint shop started by former Catbird buyer Tiffany Porter. Clothing swings mid-century, with vintage pieces being sold alongside new, but one look inside and this will become your go-to spot for unique and well-priced accessories. Vintage baubles mingle with jewels by indie labels like Digby & Iona and This Charming Man, and Sybil Domond's embellished collar necklaces are sure to earn a spot on your gift-list this year.

p.s. noisette and built by wendy are also amazing recommendations i hear? but i dont have any information to give on them except their locations. let me know if you guys know anything about them! :
54 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718 388 5188

Built by Wendy (located next door to Noisette)
46 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718 384 2882


No.6, 6 Centre Market Place (between Broome and Grand); 212-226-5759

Arguably one of the best vintage spots in town, No. 6 is run by vintage collector Morgan Yakus and stylist Karin Bereson who together have created a rich shopping experience with their well-curated selection of vintage and designer goods. The staff here is incredibly friendly and helpful, encouraging you to get the most out of their comfortable sofas as you peruse for the perfect Parisian cocktail dress, organic cotton harem pants, or Gabriela Artigas necklace of your dreams.

Acne Studio, 10 Greene Street (near Canal Street); 212-625-2828

Acne's been on everybody's It-list since the SoHo studio opened in 2008—a curious, artistic interior with checker-board floors and clean white shelving. The Swedish brand's popularity can be attributed to the functionality and wearability of their clothing, which never falls short of being of-the-minute minimalist. The unfinished look of the boutique is immediately reminiscent of SoHo artist lofts that once reigned among the real estate of the region, and appropriately so—Acne is the backbone of many an artistic effort, from the furniture design of the store space to film and music projects, in addition to well-known publication Acne Paper.

Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Broadway and Lafayette); 212-219-2688

For shopping that's fun, interactive, and jam-packed with off-the-wall pieces you won't find anywhere else, there's only one real place to go in SoHo. Opening Ceremony's flagship shop is always stocked from the best indie and established designers including Charles Anastase, Proenza Schouler, Rachel Comey, Rodarte, and Tsumori Chisato. Beyond their extensive collection of quirky clothing (find both Where the Wild Things Are fur suits and flounced Anotinette dresses), Opening Ceremony stocks a great shoe selection, fun tchotchkies, and a wall full of hard-to-find zines.

Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Grand and Broome); 212-966-9555

Topshop needs no introduction. The hyped up Biba-of-the-now has been the talk of the town since way before it actually landed on Broadway, but somehow the buzz is still buzzing. Perhaps because Topshop has an edge that its often-compared-to, previously-worshiped Swedish sibling H&M lacks. The sequins, the tie-die, the giant animal motif necklaces... Three stories of over-embellished, saturated rock star attire for girls and guys, laid out in a haphazard labyrinth of the latest styles off the streets of London. You'll find specialty collections by Kate Moss (duh) and Christopher Kane among the regular rotation, and with their immense variety of styles available at any given time, we're pretty sure you'll have no problem finding something to wear out this weekend.

Legacy, 109 Thompson Street (between Prince and Spring); 212- 966-4827

Another advocate in the SoHo trend of semi-sentimental, quality oriented shopping, Legacy's mastermind Rita Brookoff brings her own refined taste to the mix with a walk-in closet of sophisticated womenswear. The storefront is modest and narrow—you might even miss it if the impeccably outfitted dress forms in the window don't catch your eye. Inside you'll find the Legacy label alongside emerging designers and vintage relics with similarly timeless appeal. Whether you're in search of an overkill '30s corsage, vintage Chanel heels, or the perfect silk floral dress, you'll find all of that and more right here.

East Village & Lower East Side:

Pixie Market, 100 Stanton Street (near Ludlow Street), 212-253-0953;

The fashion-obsessed often speak about Pixie Market in reverential tones, in part because of its amazing website, which regularly sells out of the many indie designer pieces it stocks. The brick-and-mortar store deserves just as much adulation, with its steady rotation of affordable and unique pieces, which Gaelle and Magda, the store owners, source from all over the world. On any given day, one may stumble upon dresses from Stolen Girlfriends Club, shoes by Maud or printed T-shirts from Mary Meyer. And with most pieces hovering below $200, it's easy to see why this is one of the jewels in the LES crown.

Suite Orchard, 145A Orchard Street (at Rivington Street), 212-533-4115;

Since its opening in 2007, this elegant Parisian-style store has been wooing the style set with great success, and with good reason--not only are the owners, Soni and Cindy Huang, incredibly gracious and friendly, their small boutique boasts a covetable selection of Hanii Y, Alice Ritter, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel and the sisters' own line, Soni & Cindy. And if their wares aren't enough to put a smile on your face, their adorable French bulldog, Louis Bastian, will warm the heart of even the stoniest hipster.

Gargyle, 16A Orchard Street (near Canal Street), 917-470-9367

This prep-with-an-edge store, which is inspired by early country clubs, showcases eclectic classics for men and women, from designers like Common Projects, Rachel Comey, Fred Perry, and the shop's own line. And if you can't make it down to the store, you can enjoy Gargyle just as easily with their excellent online venue. Ready to tee off, anyone?

Narnia, 161 Rivington Street (near Clinton Street); 212-979-0661

True to its name, this vintage store is something of a magical wonderland, filled with interesting pieces at every turn. Though small, the store boasts a wealth of high quality, well-priced vintage, and shoppers can expect to find goodies from the likes of Ungaro, Missoni, and Gucci during any visit. For those who are less adept at navigating vintage shops, a warm and friendly staff is always on hand here to assist in the hunt for that perfect one-of-a-kind dress or jacket.


jasmine said...

Oh my god, this is perfect, thank you so much- I'm going to New York in three weeks, and having only been there once or twice before, this is the guidance I need!

Lála said...

great post, although is quite sad for me because I don't live in NYC and were I live there aren't many good shops of accessories and clothes :( so sad! but one day I want go to NYC and to united states

Lea's Suitcase said...

OOO and the BK Flea when it's held in Dumbo under the bridge... so many flawless finds :)

sarahbakker said...

these all look fantastic, nice post!

Ashley said...

OMG you're killing me with these!! NYC is my favorite city period but when it comes to shopping...its just beyond. The next time I'm there (which I hope is soon), I'm using your recommendations. Awesome.

xo, Alexi said...

*sigh* why can't nyc be right next door??

Tammara said...

For vintage jewelry Pippin sounds like a neat place! I'm over on the West coast so it's too far for me to go. :( Looks like a fun place to go!

Le 21ème said...

Great post, Alanna! Very informative!


Sabine said...

Great summary. I only now the acne shop in Berlin and love it (and their clothes, naturally). Sabine x

Melissa Blake said...

This post makes me want to get on a plane now and shop 'til I drop - and even after that! xoxo

Ebony said...

Wow! Thanks for the detailed post. Will be sure to save it for when I head to America in 2013 :)

I have to stop by NYC and do some shopping.

StuddedLilly said...

this is such a great list of stores! i think i will be using this one day :)


My Passport to Style said...

Hi there Alanna!!Thanks so much for popping into My Passport to Style, because your just the kind of site I looove! Textiles are a huge part of my life being a stylist!Whata brilliant post,choc full of great inspiration, I must start following you so I don't miss a thing!Let me know if you want to exchange links, you would make a really stylish addition to my blog roll!!Sharon xx (UK)

Maria@chicisimo said...

I'm not going to go to NY for the moment, but I really appreciate this information!! Thanks for sharing!! It´s great!!

le pearl said...

great idea! Too bad I am not heading off to NYC anytime soon :(

worldinapapercup said...

I really wish I had this post before our trip to NYC in December. I managed a whole week in New York without stumbling into any great boutiques.

XX Niki