Its primary agenda may be haircuts, but this Japanese salon/store has transformed its front half into an otherworldly jewelry shop that's rife with small, hard-to-find collections. All the gold crest-shaped rings, keyhole pendants, and beaded hoop earrings are displayed on first-edition books and patinated antique mirrored trays.
A recent expansion nearly doubled the size of this unassuming Nolita stalwart, which is the home of the popular shoe line of the same name. The shop also carries heels from other labels like Chie Mihara, along with two racks of bohemian-inflected clothing, including embroidered Aoyama Itchome tunics, Mociun rompers, and floral-patterned Paul & Joe blouses.
This enduringly cool boutique is the unofficial outfitter of hipsters who prefer the understated over the ironic. And the converted warehouse space, with exposed pipes and garage-door entryway, has a stripped-down look that reflects the spareness of the clothes.
David Alhadeff unleashed his home-goods-store-cum-gallery on a lonely corner in Williamsburg in 2003, and not only has the neighborhood changed significantly in the interim, but The Future Perfect has become the spot in the U.S. for up-and-coming industrial designers to launch their products. This ability to suss out new talent is all on display in the maze-like, slightly cluttered shop, from sculptural tomato red chairs to gazelle skulls that have been dusted with tiny crystals.
Late last year, the owners of what was formerly just an online venture stocking hard-to-find labels figured they might as well transform their street-level showroom into a shoppable boutique. What it lacks in decor it makes up for in its exceptionally cool items, including Wood Wood cardigans, Karen Walker shifts, and United Bamboo boots.
Candice Waldron has impeccable taste, and since everything at Jumelle is something she would happily wear, it's impossible to choose poorly here. Highlights include Heimstone necklaces made from brass screw nuts, printed Rachel Comey tops, and perfectly cut blazers from upstart designer Therese Rawsthorne.