New York Shops
29 Prince St., Nolita
Cuyana has long been our go-to for small leather goods (shout-out to one particularly great Marie Kondo jewelry box collaboration). For their East Coast flagship, cofounders Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah took everything they knew from years of hosting pop-ups and created a pale-pink minimalist space. Visitors have the option of using small blocks shaped like laptops, water bottles, and cell phones to get a sense of a bag’s weight and look when it’s full of their personal items. There is also an in-store monogramming station—which is great if you’re in need of a quick, functional gift—and a well-edited clothing selection: silk camisoles, classic V-necks, and long, loose cardigans, all arranged by color.
632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Two locations strong—the original is in Fort Greene and the second outpost is in Prospect Lefferts Gardens—Greenlight is one of NYC’s few remaining quality indie bookstores. You can order books online and have them shipped to you (anywhere in the US) or do a pickup in store. The First Editions Club makes a nice gift; it’s a subscription service that gets a friend (or yourself) a new, autographed book each month. It costs a penny, plus the price of the book for each month you stay in the program. If you’re local and a big reader, check out the stellar lineup of readings or Greenlight’s monthly book group nights, broken down by genre: nonfiction, fiction, young readers, and romance.
81 Greene St., Soho
Danish-born designer Anine Bing knows a thing or two about nailing that whole classic-meets-modern mix. Since 2005, the LA-based designer and mother of two has been designing edgy-feminine pieces with a timeless bent (motorcycle jackets, Chelsea boots, high-waist denim, and silk camisoles). The entire line is meant to be mixed and matched in a way that’s totally relatable, no matter your style. So it was only a matter of time before the former model set up her second shop in New York, smack in the middle of the action in the Soho. The space is well-aligned with Bing’s aesthetic: a little raw (concrete floors, metal fixtures) and eclectic (potted plants and antique furnishings). And because she doesn’t churn out seasonal collections, every week there are at least five to ten new pieces, which means you have good reason to come back.
Hill House Home
395 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
Occupying the ground floor of a West Village townhouse, Hill House Home packs a real punch: Prepare yourself for a lot of blue and white palm trees. Nell Diamond, the bedding line’s founder, collaborated with Martin Brûlé of Martin Brûlé Studio to do the entire room in an eccentric, nineteenth-century fabric that Brûlé found at a flea market in Paris. The 500-square-foot-space feels a little like stumbling upon a grand European hotel (or the set of a Wes Anderson movie), with white lacquered furnishings and Hill House Home’s crisp, white bedding as the focal point. Don’t miss the wall of mini pillows—which make great gifts—each one embroidered with a playful phrase, like “5 More Minutes.”
17 Bleecker St., Soho
Ariane Goldman had her lightbulb moment five years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter and couldn’t find many fashionable options for her growing size. Her months of searching resulted in Hatch, an easy-to-wear line geared toward mothers before, during, and postpregnancy. There are staples, like a striped bateau and chambray tops, as well as special pieces, like the Noa Jumper, a versatile linen jumpsuit with adjustable knotted straps, and the Ziggy Pant, which features a stitched smocked waistband to accommodate an expanding waist. Dressing rooms have a size chart to help you figure out how a piece might fit, depending on where you are in your pregnancy and—best yet—there’s a cravings bar stocked with candy, pickles, you name it.
129 Grand St., Soho
Inspired by the Italian linens she encountered on a trip to Amalfi several years ago, Parachute founder Ariel Kaye wanted to bring the same luxurious bedding to America. While the line started with bedding (the linen sheets are the only thing you’ll want to sleep in once you’ve tried them), the line has expanded to waffle bathrobes, Turkish towels, table linens, and throws. The New York flagship, which is set up like an apartment, with a living room, a functioning kitchen, a bedroom, and a vanity, pays homage to local artists, like Rodger Stevens, who designed the brass art installation in the entryway, and Brooklyn-based Rooted Design & Build, which created the natural wood table.
The Webster NYC
29 Greene St., Soho
While everyone else in fashion was developing e-commerce platforms, retail pioneer and French native Laure Hériard Dubreuil decided to open a 20,000-square-foot boutique, the Webster, in South Beach in a 1939 Henry Hohauser–designed Art Deco building. This initial flagship has since expanded to include locations in Bal Harbor, Houston, Costa Mesa, and most recently, New York's SoHo. Dubreuil is in good company, with Opening Ceremony and Apartment by The Line a hop, skip, and jump from her beautifully feminine, blush-hued store. You'll want everything, which is fine, as everything right down to the furniture is for sale. Designers are mixed together in the merchandising, meaning you need to search through the racks to hunt down a particular piece—this is all part of the fun. It also means you get to see everything and might pick up something you never knew you wanted until now.
Urban Jungle Vintage and Thrift
118 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick
A vintage-clothing mecca if there ever was one, Urban Jungle is huge and brimming with all manner of treasures: Perfectly tattered Levis, t-shirts and sweatshirts from the ‘80s and ‘90s so soft from wear and awesome that most NYC vintage stores would get away with charging a cool hundred for them (Here, most of the t-shirts go for under $12.) You’ll also find vibrant Mexican blankets, army fatigues, cowboy boots, ponchos, fur coats, everything and anything, really—and all inexplicably reasonably priced. The one criticism, if you can even call it that, is that the place is truly sprawling (it spans almost a whole block), so just make sure you’re in the mood to do some serious rack sifting.
Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers
218 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Open for almost two decades, this independent Williamsburg bookstore is one of those places we can lose an afternoon in.
Books Are Magic
225 Smith St., Cobble Hill
Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Boerum Hill residents were rightly bummed when one of the best independent bookstores in all the boroughs (and arguably the country) announced it was closing at the end of 2016. After thirty-five years in business, whatever was to come after BookCourt had big shoes to fill. And it did. Novelist Emma Straub (The Vacationers, Modern Lovers) swooped in with her husband, designer Michael Fusco-Straub, to open the immediately adored Books Are Magic. The monthly lineup of book talks and signings brings out the brightest of the literary world (of which Straub is a clear darling). If it’s your first time, take a picture by the awesome mural before you head inside.
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