6 'Hoods, 33 NYC Buys

So many stores, so little time. Even for the most seasoned New Yorkers, this city can be overwhelming when it comes to shopping. When the options are so vast, we all need a little help narrowing it down to the best areas and the top stores to find exactly what you are looking for (without all the hassle). Whether you are ready to start your holiday shopping, or in the mood to reboot your wardrobe, we’ve got shoppable solutions for you. Here, a list of our trusted favorites, cool new boutiques, and everything in between.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Aedes De Venustas , 9 Christopher Street (between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place); (212) 206-8674.

This ‘temple of beauty’ (that’s ‘Aedes De Venustas,’ translated) is the ultimate spot for the perfect, luxurious gift. Or, if you are fragrance and candle-obsessed like us, it’s a good spot for a gift for yourself. (We are big fans of the gorgeous gift wrapping they do, complete with fresh flowers on top of the box). Aedes houses bath and body products, as well as rare perfumes from around the world, scents, and candles, and it’s all well-worth the price.
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Sandro, 415 Bleecker Street (between W. 11th and Bank streets); (646) 438-9335.

One of several stores in Evelyne Chetrite’s quickly expanding empire — she just opened her first Brooklyn outpost this week — this location is must when shopping in the West Village. If you are in need of a great winter coat or a new leather jacket, this is your spot. (Also, Chetrite’s sister’s chain, Maje, is conveniently situated next door.)
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Owen , 809 Washington Street (between Horatio and Gansevoort streets); (212) 524-9770.

Owner Phillip Salem has curated a rich collection of designer offerings from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne, and Carven, as well as goods from emerging labels like Ostwald Helgason. Salem counts Beyonce as a customer, so if it’s good enough for her, we’re in.
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A.P.C., 267 W. 4th Street (at Perry Street); (212) 755-3523.

Jean Touitou has outposts around the globe — in Korea, Belgium, Germany, and of course, New York. The brand has a cult following, thanks to the Parisian-chic, understated appeal of the trenches, chambray shirts, raw denim jeans, and sleek accessories.
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Henry Beguelin, 30 Charles Street (between 7th Avenue S. and Waverly Place); (212) 647-8415.

The scent of the store explains it all: leather, leather, and more leather. Cristina Nicoletti’s West Village outpost is a go-to for bags and luggage (they’ve developed a cult following), as well as hippie-chic shoes, home furnishings, and jewelry.
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Henry Beguelin Tall Moto Boot, price available upon request.
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Castor & Pollux , 238 W. 10th Street (between Bleecker and Hudson streets); (212) 645-6572.

Karrilynn Pamer’s West Village boutique offers a well-edited selection of women’s clothes and accessories. She has under-the-radar gems, as well as stylish options from some of our favorite downtown labels, including her own Castor & Pollux line.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Freemans Sporting Club , 8 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street); (212) 673-3209.

Another Lower East Side treasure, Freemans Sporting Club (just in front of Freemans Restaurant) has an impressive bespoke studio, as well as everything that the slightly rugged, handsome guy could want. Camp shirts, cozy crewneck sweaters, and quilted jackets are all in the mix.
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Pixie Market , 100 Stanton Street (between Ludlow and Orchard streets); (212) 253-0953.

This tiny boutique is a Lower East Side stand out, for sure. They’ve got a great selection of unique finds from a slew of lesser-known designers from around the world. Bonus points for the affordable prices.
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The Hoodie Shop, 181 Orchard Street (between E. Houston and Stanton streets); (649) 559-2716.

As the name explains, this is a fully hooded operation. Open since 2012, this '60s-inspired joint has a host of high-quality items for both men and women, as well as scarves, swimsuits, and blazers.
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Hoodie Shop Cross-Zip Hoodie, $195, available at Hoodie Shop.
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Assembly, 170 Ludlow Street (between E. Houston and Stanton streets); (212) 253-5393.

Dries van Noten, Illesteva, Christopher Raeburn, Christophe Lemaire — it’s all here. Owner Greg Armas has included all of these hard-to-find luxury labels in his store, along with vintage pieces, his own Assembly line, and custom collaborations.
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The Rising States, 168 Ludlow Street (between E. Houston and Stanton streets); (646) 649-2410.

This women’s clothing and accessories boutique is a relatively new (and welcome) addition to the neighborhood. They’ve got indie favorites like Wren and Loeffler Randall, and Samantha Pleet, and lesser-known brands we are excited to explore.
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Sunday / Somewhere Psychedelic Matahari Glasses, $265, available at Rising States.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Surface To Air, 27 Mercer Street (between Howard and Grand Streets); no phone.

If you've got something of a shoe obsession, or even if you consider yourself a Francophile, Surface to Air is a must. The born-in-Paris boutique is a favorite among R29 staffers, but this time of year, you'll likely find us browsing the brand's equally impressive coats and jackets.
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Acne , 33 Greene Street (between Grand and Broome streets); (212) 334-8345.

This is one of our favorite stores to pick up wardrobe classics, like jeans, turtlenecks, and leather jackets. They might be basics, but the way Acne does them is anything but.
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Saturdays Surf , 31 Crosby Street (between Grand and Broome streets); (212) 966-7875.

Admittedly, it’s the cute boys who frequent the Saturdays outposts that draw us in here (and the excellent La Colombe coffee on offer). However, we stay for the surf gear and photo books, and their own denim label is pretty sharp, too.
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Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Crosby Street and Broadway); (212) 219-2688.

A downtown New York shopping trip isn’t complete without a stop by OC. Outside, you’ll spot a preview of what’s inside — a slew of too-cool-for-school girls and guys dressed in the shop’s off-beat designer gear. If Kenzo (of course), Suno, Delfina Deletrezz and quirky, one-off collections are what you’re looking for, this is your spot.
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American Two Shot , 135 Grand Street (between Crosby and Lafayette streets); (212) 925-3403.

As you pass by on the street, this quiet little boutique looks like it’s a members-only sort of joint. Go inside, however, and you will find great coffee, cool art, and quirky clothing for men and women. Bonus points for being dog friendly!
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Reformation , 23 Howard Street (between Crosby and Lafayette streets); (212) 510-8455.

While they may lack the customer service skills one would expect to find at Soho boutique like this one, the clothes are worth a stop alone. Through the years, they’ve acquired an impressive following of in-the-know, downtown gals. Think: Flirty maxi dresses with sexpot slits, laid back leather numbers, and funky jewelry to match.
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V-Files , 12 Mercer Street (between Lispenard and Walker streets); (212) 804-6400.

What exactly is V-Files, you ask? For streetwear connoisseurs of cult labels like Hood by Air and Conflict of Interest, this is a mecca of sorts. The shop has everything from special edition T-shirts from a range of artists to Margiela sneakers to Meadham Kirchoff tiaras.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Figue , 268 Elizabeth Street (between E. Houston and Prince streets); (212) 380-7970.

This is Stephanie Von Watzdorf’s first outpost for her rising New York-based, gypset label. It’s a blend of her coveted, embroidered army jackets and caftans, as well as her finds from her far-flung travels, from Morocco to St. Barth. This shop won’t remain a well-kept secret for long.
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Dagny and Barstow , 264 Bowery (between E. Houston and Prince streets); (212) 675-2346.

One of our top haunts to find goods from our favorite young designers, from French jeweler Annelise Michelson to Gabby Sabharwal’s swim line Giejo to Timo Weiland.
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Love, Adorned , 269 Elizabeth Street (between E. Houston and Prince streets); (212) 431-5683.

A treasure trove of some of the city’s most unique and interesting jewelry, from Anna Sheffield, Nick Potash, Bisa Orest, Lauren Wolf, and more. The shop also hawks one-of-a-kind rings, earrings, and necklaces. Each time we go in, we find SO many pieces to covet.
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Warm , 181 Mott Street (between Kenmare and Broome streets); (212) 925-1200.

You’ll feel like you are on vacation the minute you walk into Winnie Beattie and Rob Magnotta’s Nolita boutique. It smells like blend of ocean-breeze and Hawaiian tropical scents, and they’ve got clothes to match the beachy vibes. No wonder all the models love to hang out here.
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New And Almost New , 171A Mott Street (between Broome and Grand streets); (212) 226-6677.

Tucked away on Mott Street, New and Almost New is easy to miss when passing by, but trust us, you’ll want to know about it. This consignment shop carries offerings from Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Chloe. The best part? The prices are a real steal.
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Chanel Jacket, $400, similar styles available.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Fivestory , 18 E. 69th Street (between 5th and Madison avenues); (212) 288-1338.

Fashion hounds, both men and women, flock to the UES to fill up on the haute offerings at Fivestory. Think: Olympia Le-Tan bags, vintage Hermes jewelry, limited-edition Nike sneaks, and more. At last, New York has a Colette of its own, thanks to the visionary Claire Distenfeld.
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Hervé Van Der Straeten Ruben Cuff, $515.
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Barneys New York , 660 Madison Avenue (between E. 60th and E. 61st streets), (212) 826-8900.

It wouldn’t be a good New York shopping guide without having Barneys on the list. They carry just about every label worth knowing about, which makes for a perfect one-stop shopping experience. After splurging on a new bag or pair of heels, we like to treat ourselves to brunch at Fred’s.
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Otte NY , 1281 Madison Avenue (between E. 91st and E. 92nd streets); (212) 289-2644.

A welcome addition to the Upper East Side, Otte stocks duds from Rag & Bone, Balmain, Suno, and plenty of our other favorite brands. Should you not want to venture up there, however, the boutique has several other locations around the city.
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Bergdorf Goodman , 754 Fifth Avenue (between W. 57th and W. 58th streets), (800) 588-1855.

How could we not include this Fifth Avenue landmark? The department store just celebrated its 111th birthday and in honor of the big anniversary, it’s undergoing a massive makeover. (Also, did we mention the lovely BG Restaurant? Tea, Champagne, chicken salad — they’ve got it all for the ladies who lunch.)
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Housing Works , 1730 2nd Avenue (between E. 89th and E. 90th streets); (212) 722-8306.

Designer finds at a fraction of the price? Yes, please. Though the shopping experience at Housing Works might not be as glamorous, it’s 100 percent worth a trip. Whether you are looking to fill your new apartment with great homeware (without breaking the bank), or designer duds (we’ve found Balenciaga, Ferragamo, and Alaia items here in near-perfect condition), Housing Works is a good answer. FYI, they also have several locations throughout the city.
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Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
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Graymarket , 242 Wythe Avenue, Ste.7 (between N. 3rd and N. 4th streets); (718) 384-4984.

What started as a passion and a hobby for Alex Kasavin and Wei Du has turned into a full-on business. The two parlayed their love of collection, buying, and selling clothes into Graymarket, their Brooklyn outpost for men’s and women’s archival clothing from Givenchy, Margiela, Gareth Pugh, and cult labels like Lost & Found, Guidi, and Undercover. Understandably, the fashion set flocks here.

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Boris Bidjan Saberi One Button Blazer, $1,250.
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Bird , 203 Grand Street (between Bedford and Driggs avenues); (718) 388-1655.

Another Brooklyn classic, Bird carries an impressive roster of designers, from Proenza Schouler to Isabel Marant to Miansai. Though they have outposts in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, we prefer the Williamsburg location, because it also regularly features photography and art exhibits.

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In God We Trust , 129 Bedford Avenue (between N. 9th and N. 10th streets); (718) 384-0700.

They’ve got a small, but well-compiled, inventory of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and jewelry. That would explain their growing contingent of loyal customers.
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Pilgrim Surf + Supply , 68 N. 3rd Street (at Wythe Avenue); (718) 218-7456.

They carry some of our favorite swimwear labels, like Bantu, as well as more traditional streetwear labels for all your surfing and post-surfing needs. Kind of like Saturdays, the crew working here is tan and good-looking and they know what they are talking about when it comes to anything related to wave-riding.
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Catbird, 109 So. 5th Street, #300 (at First Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-599-3457.

If you're like us, you can't resist a shop that's chock-full of pretty little things. From delicate jewelry, beauty items, and knickknacks, this little boutique has it all. Plus, a stroll along South 5th Street is one of our favorite weekend activities.

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