West Village Shops
WANT Les Essentiels
301 W. 4th St., West Village
It’s hard not to love the story behind WANT Les Essentiels, a leather goods brand that was started by a pair of design-obsessed twin brothers from Montreal. Their New York location is their first shop in the U.S., inside a townhouse in the West Village. Want’s line is a reflection of the brothers’ minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic: The “essentials for living” include gorgeously-crafted, minimalistic handbags, travel accessories, and line of beautifully turned-out sneakers, all made from meticulously-sourced leather and finished with a signature gold and silver zipper. In addition to their own designs, the store carries a tight edit from the brothers’ favorite clothing and home goods designers, including Comme des Garçons Forever, Filippa K, and Hasami Porcelain. As for the interior, it’s simply decorated with mid-century furniture and modern art, in a style that’s equal parts sophisticated and comfortable, plus their “tea room” in the back actually serves tea.
Larsson & Jennings (Closed)
335 Bleecker St., West Village
This contemporary watch brand only launched in 2012, but its Swiss-made timepieces—made with locally sourced leather wristbands from “Anglo-Swedish tanneries” and with hand-finished, premium metals—are already sort of legendary. Their Bleeker Street brick-and-mortar (there’s another on Prince Street in Nolita) constitutes an airy, whitewashed space with a gorgeously minimalist design, a.k.a. typical Scandinavia-chic, where you can try out their unisex collection of built-to-last timepieces.
605 Hudson St., West Village
This West Village staple—in business since 2002—offers an artful-meets-streamlined aesthetic, meaning that there’s enough exuberance in the clothing picks to appeal to most kids, while the shapes and silhouettes make parents happy. Whether it’s an Imps & Elfs onesie or a Tutu du Monde swan queen tutu, there’s plenty of cuteness to go around, as well as bedding, toys, and furniture. In fact, owner Cristina Villegas offers design services for kids rooms, opening up her rolodex of unique suppliers from around the world.
346 Bleecker St., West Village
In a city flooded with Duane Reades, this neighborhood pharmacy is a standout. The pharmacists are the friendliest around and know their stuff, so don't be afraid to ask for advice. You'll also find great alternative health products, cosmetics, and vitamins.
7 Greenwich Ave., West Village
This gorgeous, dark, and almost gothic spot in the West Village brings all the best small and unknown perfumers together in one room. From Diptyque and Frederic Malle to lesser known brands like Agonist, and Aedes' own brand (they've now developed several scents), there's a lot to take in, so ask the guys to help you narrow down the selection.
The End of History
548 1/2 Hudson St., West Village
Lit up like a rainbow, The End of History is one of the more unique stores in the city—if not the United States. Here, you'll find really, really beautiful cased glass that's highly collectible (with prices to match). It all looks so stunning as a grouping, you'll want to take at least three pieces home. They also deal in really beautiful and rare pottery making the store an inspiration point for many home designers.
17 Perry St., West Village
With top-notch surf beaches in Rockaway and nearby Jersey, New York is something of a surfer's destination, though you wouldn't think it in the middle of Manhattan. And this brand of casual men's clothing, from t-shirts and shorts to lived in sweatshirts for wearing post-surf, is a kind of destination in itself. Guys come to lust over the surfboards, the photographs by young artists displayed on the walls, and stay for an espresso at the in-house bar. The first location is on Crosby Street.
106 Greenwich Ave., West Village
This is the place to source an entire men's wardrobe: You'll find Simon Miller jeans, Alex Mill buttondowns, and Common Projects sneakers, along with dressier suiting from Comme des Garcons. The guys behind Odin are fashion arbiters of men's street style which is why whenever we need to pick up a guy's gift, we head here first. There's also a location in both Soho and the East Village.
378 Bleecker St., West Village
This is the sort of under-the-radar spot where you'll miss the actual storefront several times if you don't know exactly where to look: Inside, it's dark and moody, a sensibility reflected in the racks of Ilaria Nistri and Vivienne Westwood. The original location, just a few blocks away, stocks both men's and women's.
271 W. 4th St., West Village
This is the sort of under-the-radar spot where you'll miss the actual storefront several times if you don't know exactly where to look: Inside, it's dark and moody, a sensibility reflected in the racks of Ilaria Nistri and Vivienne Westwood. There's a second, womens-only outpost just a few blocks away.
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