West Village Shops
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.
13 Christopher St., West Village
We never leave Kyung Lee's tiny, slightly-above-street-level store empty-handed. There's not an overwhelming selection—in fact it's appealingly limited—but if she's on-hand, she'll be able to show you how to wear the simplest dress in 18 different ways. The under-the-radar designers carried here—Seymour, A/Line, A Detacher, Gary Graham—make well-tailored, easy pieces that become instant favorites. The same goes for the small selection of jewelry. Also, Albertine has its own line of long, flowing silk dresses and wrap skirts which you can order in any color—they're great for weddings and special occasions.
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.
170 7th Ave. S., West Village
Novels, travel guides, and history books are all jumbled together and categorized by country and region, rather than by author or subject matter at this travel-centric bookstore: The idea is that a book based in a particular place can be the perfect supplement to your trip. As an example, before heading to Istanbul, they suggest you read Orhan Pamuk's memoir by the same name, to get a real feel for the city. For those prepping for a longer trip or a move, their language classes are a major plus, as they're taught by native speakers. There's also a location in Brooklyn.
Larsson & Jennings
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Lives & Company
154 W. 10th St., West Village
A longtime mainstay in the village, the hand-picked selection at this crammed and cozy little shop is amplified by the store's incredible staff and their spot-on recommendations. Unsurprisingly, readings here are a warm and intimate experience.
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