Though AllSaints first started off as a menswear line in 1994, the brand has quickly developed into a worldwide phenomenon (there's over 50 boutiques in the UK alone), and now we've finally got one of their vintage-inspired, super-cool stores in SoHo. Located on Broadway, just around the corner from fellow High-Street competitor, Topshop, AllSaints is more than just another entry on the British invasion list. The 13,600-square-foot space is filled with antique fixtures, real ram skulls, and a total of 493 sewing machines that cover the windows and interior of the entire store. While it may be in the heart of New York's fast-fashion frenzy, don't expect to see Uniqlo or H&M price tags; That said, the high quality means you can be sure that your pretty little pennies won't go to waste when you splurge on a dress or shoes (we may have already blown a paycheck on a pair of their kick-ass boots). Bonus points for the itty-bitty baby section full of rockin' outfits for some tough toddlers. With so much to choose from, we thought we'd make your AllSaints shopping a little less stressful with our five hand-picked essentials. It wasn't easy to do, trust us!
Here are the five perfect pieces that will cover you from now until fall (above, from left): 1. Sand Heel ($250): With these bad boys, there's no need to worry about scuffing up your white boots cuz they come perfectly worn-in, distressed, and ready to wear. Bonus points for the buttery suede that looks good through every season.
2. Feathers Jacket ($510): Everyone needs a good leather jacket, and this one is timeless. It's sleek, sophisticated, and guaranteed to look good no matter what you wear it with.
3. Jolanta Long Waistcoat ($200): A little bit military and a little bit rocker, this vest is wearable during the summer and will last you through fall. Plus, the deep maroon hue is a cool twist on the ordinary neutral palette.
4. Zeeda Dress ($280): Slouchy, deconstructed, and perfect for any occasion, this dress will make you re-think your LBD.
5. Arnica Jumpsuit ($195): Jumpsuits are the perfect solution for those lazy days when you can't find a top to go with your bottoms. This one is 100% silk and complete with a slouchy neckline, handy pockets, and expert tailoring. Think of it as a grown up romper that will be your new favorite staple--we know its ours!
Want to get in on the Brit-buzz? Now's your chance to snap up AllSaints signature style--The brand's giving away two insanely cool leather jackets. For chicks, they've got the Karst Military Leather Jacket ($620; above, left), in a tailcoat style with army frogging, signature external topstitch seams, and button detailing at the front, back, collar, and sleeves. For dudes: The Mace Hooded Biker Jacket ($620; above, right) that's slim-fitting with a drapey, asymmetric front. To win, follow AllSaints on twitter--they'll randomly choose two winners from the first 500 to do so.
AllSaints, 512 Broadway (between Broome and Spring streets); 646-862-1832.