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West Village Shops

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Calliope (Closed)
349 W. 12th St., West Village
This light-filled furniture and interiors shop is the making of creative duo Michael and Caroline Ventura. Offering a mix of what the Venturas themselves would buy, from Mid-Century modern furniture, and collectible magazines to global antique rugs (for which they just launched an online store). The store is also a showroom for Caroline’s jewelry line, BRVTVS and furniture that they make after-hours. (And an interesting note: The store is located in the same West Village building that houses their apartment, Caroline’s jewelry studio, Michael’s creative agency, Sub Rosa, and a connected rental space called And & And.)
WANT Les Essentiels (Closed)
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.
Yoya
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.
Saturday’s Surf
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.
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