The unique mix of designer flagships, contemporary designers, and galleries make SoHo an easy way to blow an entire day of holiday shopping...not to mention an entire paycheck. Watch out for models, designers, and fashion school prodigies browsing the streets with formidable shopping acumen. Follow our roundup and you'll be an expert at maneuvering all the right boutiques by the time you reach Broadway and Canal.
3.1 Phillip Lim , 115 Mercer Street between Spring and Prince; 212-334-1160. www.31philliplim.com
A staple on any shopping mission, 3.1 Phillip Lim's New York flagship is home to the best selection of the line offered in one place. You'll be seduced from one end of this Jeremy Barbour-designed store to the other by a sleek arrangement of garments all presented on a clean backdrop of hardwood and mirrored walls. Lim's staff attempts to stock every available color for the styles they carry to provide maximum variety, which means you'll get a better selection here than anywhere else. Twice a year you'll have a chance to claw for the limited-edition organic line, Go Green Go, which is highly coveted (and once it's gone, it's gone!).
Silver Lining Opticians , 100 Thompson Street (near Spring); 212-274-9191. www.silverliningopticians.com
SoHo is known for a certain degree of exclusivity, from posh candy shopping to rooftop fashion presentations—so, if you're in the market for a place to source some rare and beautiful eyewear, you'll find what you're looking for here. The co-owner Jordan Silver is an avid eyewear collector with more than a few things to say about it, having enough expertise to sell his accumulation of specs to major department stores and fellow-SoHo boutiques. Silver Lining boasts a spectrum of global styles with frames you really won't find anywhere else. We figure, if the styles here are good enough for Rhianna and Jay Z, they're good enough for us.
No.6 , 6 Centre Market Place (between Broome and Grand); 212-226-5759. www.no6store.com
Arguably one of the best vintage spots in town, No. 6 is run by vintage collector Morgan Yakus and stylist Karin Bereson who together have created a rich shopping experience with their well-curated selection of vintage and designer goods. The staff here is incredibly friendly and helpful, encouraging you to get the most out of their comfortable sofas as you peruse for the perfect Parisian cocktail dress, organic cotton harem pants, or Gabriela Artigas necklace of your dreams.
Acne Studio , 10 Greene Street (near Canal Street); 212-625-2828. www.acnestudios.com
Acne's been on everybody's It-list since the SoHo studio opened in 2008—a curious, artistic interior with checker-board floors and clean white shelving. The Swedish brand's popularity can be attributed to the functionality and wearability of their clothing, which never falls short of being of-the-minute minimalist. The unfinished look of the boutique is immediately reminiscent of SoHo artist lofts that once reigned among the real estate of the region, and appropriately so—Acne is the backbone of many an artistic effort, from the furniture design of the store space to film and music projects, in addition to well-known publication Acne Paper.
Kiki de Montparnasse, 79 Greene Street (between Spring and Broome); 212-965-8150. www.kikidm.com
If you find yourself in the mood for something romantic (or just really, really sexy), stop by this dimly lit alcove of stellar sensuality for a luxe lifestyle upgrade. They've got all the essentials you'll need to conjure up a high-class scandal. Here, Kiki specializes in lingerie and intimates, jewelry, bath and body elixirs, "gifts and indulgences," and other enhancements to a lady's powder room that aim to celebrate and promote a more passionate rendez-vous (even if it's just with yourself!). The mascot of the brand, Man Ray's most notable muse and fixture of the Paris social scene in the '20s, sums up the image and imaginative prowess of Kiki's target customer.
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