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Rebecca Atwood
175 A Mott St., Nolita
Rebecca Atwood is universally adored for her face-plant worthy textiles and somehow simultaniously elegant and playful patterns, which range from the prettiest pastel pinks to a rich spectrum of cobalt blues. An online operation for years, her new-ish Nolita store is the kind of place where time stops. As in, you walk in and get totally, blissfully lost in the beauty of the hand-dyed shibori bedding, the embroidered textiles, and the mountains of hand-sewn throwpillows—all handcrafted in family-owned factories in Portugal. It's impossible to leave empty handed, so don't say we didn't warn you.
Freda Salvador
259 Elizabeth St., Nolita
Friends and designers Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo-Nelson know a thing or two about the kind of shoes women want to wear everyday. Enter Freda Salvador, a designed in California, made in Spain label that relies on top-notch Italian and Spanish leathers for its slip-on loafers, oxfords, and stacked heel boots. They’re the kind of shoes that just get better, softer, and even more loved the more you wear them. (One of our editors basically lives in the Keen Mule.) So it was only a matter of time before the Sausalito, California-based brand made things permanent on the East Coast. On a walkable stretch of Nolita with Clare V as its neighbor, FREDA’s minimal vibe is apparent the moment you walk into the bright, smartly appointed space that was designed in conjunction with their friends at COMO ID. The modern shelving keeps the focus on the shoes, but there are vintage rugs, plus old cobbler’s tools and lasts, which add visual interest. They have two other storefronts in SF and Culver City, where they share a space with milliner Janesse Leoné.
Cuyana
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.
DEZ (Closed)
227 Mulberry St., Nolita
This joint venture between By Chloe founder Samantha Wasser and chef Eden Grinshpan (of the Cooking Channel’s Eden Eats) feels like a groovy version of Marrakech (or, at least, Palm Springs), with decorative neon palm trees and camels, cacti, and geometric motifs sprinkled throughout. The fast-casual Middle Eastern–style salads and mezze are the kind of flavorful, healthy food you can come back to often without getting bored, and the bowls (harissa curry shakshuka; Moroccan lamb meatballs with preserved lemon, date couscous, and cilantro) make convenient on-the-go lunches, not to mention satisfying Instagram fodder.
ModelFIT New York City
212 Bowery, 2nd Floor, Nolita
Up a nondescript flight of stairs on a well-trafficked stretch of the Bowery, the modelFIT Method relies on small movements using hand weights, a resistance band, gliders, and mini exercise balls to target small muscle grounds as opposed to more traditional jump squats, burpees, etc, in a bright light-filled space. Among the best offerings: modelFIT scuplt, which targets butt, thighs, and abs, and a dance cardio version featuring follow along-style dance moves. The classes generally fill up quickly, so best to get there a little early to get a good spot.
L’Appartement New York
254 Elizabeth St., Nolita
For in-the-know New Yorkers, Sézane has been a kind of Parisian style Holy Grail. The laid-back French label pretty consistently check off all the sartorial boxes, best known for their thoughtful edit of lace blouses, stacked-heel boots, great jeans, and unfussy dresses. For their first US outpost, they've settled down in Nolita, where design inspiration comes straight from founder Morgane Sezalory's Paris flat complete with plush velvet seating, light wood floors, wraparound bookshelves, and lots of houseplants. (Bonus: there's a small café fueled by goop favorite Maman so you can sip your latte while you peruse the racks, or settle into the nook near the front with one of the many books on offer.)
De Maria
19 Kenmare St., Nolita
You’ll hear a lot about how stylish Nolita's De Maria is (and Instagram-ready, too): The bright, sun-filled minimalist space enlists lots of soft earth tones and a beautiful bar to warm its sleek furniture and white-painted brick walls. From the pretty ceramic plates to the staff’s striped Everlane-designed uniforms, everything is as photogenic as the food itself—which is, of course, much more than just photogenic. Helmed by Camille Becerra (previously of Navy and Café Henrie), the menu is stacked with of-the-moment, elevated healthy favorites (think: chili-turmeric bone broth with milk-foam, herbs, and mustard seed oil; radish and jicama salad; sweet potato with beet borani, walnut, and mint). Their famed Fire Dragon Bowl—turmeric poached egg, heirloom beans, avocado, and tarragon tahini–is not to be missed. Photos: Nikki Brand
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