New York Shopping Guide

Big Chains and Single Labels

Comme des Garçons

Not surprisingly, the NYC flagship for this inventive Japanese company is as brilliantly peculiar as it gets: All you see when you arrive is an aluminum-lined, egg-shaped tunnel; enter and it opens into a minimalist paradise purveying the full Comme collection.
520 W. 22nd St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.), 212-604-9200

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Diane von Furstenberg

When you walk into Diane Von Furstenberg, you know you're going to find beautiful silhouettes: smocked, cropped jackets over full skirts, and filmy dresses under swingy trapeze coats.
874 Washington St. (at W. 14th St.), 646-486-4800, dvf.com

Products: Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

The Earnest Sewn Co.

Designed to recall an old-fashioned general store, denim line Earnest Sewn's roomy flagship features antique factory fixtures and findings. Best-selling jeans, like the super-slim cigarette-leg "Harlan" and the low-rise "Decca," are stacked in weathered wood cubbies.
821 Washington St. (between Little West 12th and Gansevoort Sts.), 212-242-3414, earnestsewn.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Maison Martin Margiela

This outpost for minimalist, irreverent Belgian designer Martin Margiela has a witty, deconstructed look, with lamps on tripods, shoes displayed in a repurposed meat freezer, and a diner-style placard out on the sidewalk (there's no other sign to alert passersby).
801-803 Greenwich St. (between W. 12th and Jane Sts.), 212-989-7612, maisonmartinmargiela.com for more information

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Otte

When neighborhood girls need a last-minute party dress or a vacation-worthy tunic, this is where they go. Otte traffics in the sort of effortlessly pretty pieces that seamlessly integrate into any wardrobe, whether it's a 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt or Current/Elliott jeans. 121 Greenwich Ave. WEST VILLAGE 212-229-9424; 1281 Madison Ave. UES 212-289-2644; 132 N. Fifth St. WILLIAMSBURG 718-302-3007, otteny.com

Stella McCartney

McCartney excels at creating cleverly tailored garments with a modern look and feel. The devoted vegetarian never uses any animal fibers or leather in her clothing or bags.
429 W. 14th St. (between Ninth Ave. and Washington St.), 212-255-1556, stellamccartney.com for more information

Products: Women's Clothing, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Theory

Clothing by Theory is always reliably subtle, streamlined, and easy to wear. No matter what the season, it turns out the best-fitting basics—you can't go wrong with its tailored trousers, blouses, and luxe, roomy bags.
40 Gansevoort St. (at Greenwich St.), 212-300-0800, theory.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

A.P.C.

Streamlined, classic, and utterly French, this beloved Parisian line has a serious following on both sides of the Atlantic. You can always count on it for a slim-cut trench, a cotton smock, or detail-free jeans.
131 Mercer St. (between Prince and Spring Sts.), 212-966-9685, apc.fr

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Barbara Bui

Clothes and accessories by this half-Vietnamese, half-French designer are defined by sharp tailoring, lots of layers, and an overall Blade Runner feel.
115-117 Wooster St. (between Prince and Spring Sts.), 212-625-1938, barbarabui.com for more information

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Beauty
Type of Store: Chainlet

Built by Wendy

Chicago native Wendy Mullin turns out pieces influenced by iconic American imagery and themes—Mount Rushmore, prep school, or summer camp—and her garments feature simple, flattering cuts and offbeat details.
7 Centre Market Pl. (between Broome and Grand Sts.), 212-925-6538, builtbywendy.com for more information

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique
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