Rooted in an elegant South of France sensibility, this line turns out tunics, crisp pants, and trenches. It has an earthy vibe and is cut in a primarily neutral palette, with loads of citified touches.
Men's boutique Odin burst onto the shopping scene in 2004, transforming the closets of legions of NYC guys overnight. Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi have a real vision for what's cool, and it's equal parts laid-back and tailored. When they turned their attention to women last September, they created a boudoir-like Alice in Wonderland space, where cubbies hold Loeffler Randall heels and stunning silk shifts from Wayne. Bonus: Den, two doors down, is an outlet for both stores.
The premise of this brand-new spot from designer Yael Aflalo is to turn dead-stock fabric into turn-of-the-century-esque pieces, such as silk camisoles with lace-inset backs and simple chiffon jackets. The new line fits right in with the actual vintage items on the wrought-iron racks, like black slips that have been artfully reworked into dropwaist dresses.
There's no shortage of excellent museum stores in New York, but we're inclined to put Cooper-Hewitt's at the top of our list. Run by a former product manager for New York's most inspiring home goods shop, Moss, it carries an expertly curated selection of modern design hits, all arranged in bright green cubes within a darkly glamorous vestibule of Andrew Carnegie's former mansion. Spindly candlesticks from Ted Muehling rest next to an array of coffee-table books and Rodarte necklaces.
Designer Nadia Tarr (of the famed, wear-it-a-million-ways Butter by Nadia dress) decided to open a shop in Carroll Gardens when her insatiable flea marketing got out of hand and she needed a repository for all the treasures she had mined over the years. It's easy to tell that she loves everything in the store, from pristine '50s Mexican dresses to blue enamel Victorian lockets. Her clothing line is also here, plus every conceivable kind of retro-packaged candy.
This long-standing shop feels like a relic from the early 1900s, since Moon River Chattel so successfully channels the vibe of an old-world general store. Its elegantly pared-down, low-tech versions of everyday items will have you clamoring to buy them all, whether it's a boar-bristled hairbrush, milk glass schoolhouse light, or a perfectly cast pharmacist's jar.