New York Shopping Guide

Lower East Side and East Village

Cry Wolf

Down a small flight of stairs near Tompkins Square Park, the low-slung, mirror-lined Cry Wolf is packed with unisex picks: multi-colored Creative Recreation high-tops, Cutler and Gross sunglasses, and Carin Wester coats.
111 St. Marks Pl. EAST VILLAGE 212-995-9653, crywolfny.com

Screaming Mimi's

For nearly 30 years, this outstanding vintage resource has offered well-preserved garments from a range of decades; the space itself has a mod, futuristic look.
382 Lafayette St. (between Great Jones and E. Fourth Sts.), 212-677-6464, screamingmimis.com for more information

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

Suite Orchard

Designed to resemble a modern French boudoir, with gray-white-and-pink-striped walls and sleek furniture, this two-year-old spot from New York City natives Sonia and Cindy Huang is a melting pot of the siblings' favorite labels. Cindy, who designed for Diane von Furstenberg, and Sonia, a fashion-industry veteran on the wholesale side, produce their own line of sweet dresses: Soni & Cindy, which mingles here with supremely wearable picks by Karen Walker and Hanii Y. 145A Orchard St. LES 212-533-4115, suiteorchard.com

TG170

In 1992, when owner Terri Ann Gillis had just graduated from art school and had no money, she took over this storefront as a live/work space. Rent was cheap and it allowed her—and her artist friends—a pressure-free showcase to sell one-off pieces. While it's now the area's most venerable boutique—offering established labels like Sunshine & Shadow and Vivienne Westwood—it has preserved its studio-like vibe and continues to launch the careers of many young designers. 170 Ludlow St. LES 212-995-8660, tg170.com

American Apparel

Simple, stretchy tops, skirts, dresses, underwear, and more, in a rainbow of colors, are what American Apparel does best. Its Lower East Side location has the most night-owlish hours in the city: until 12 AM on Friday and Saturday.
183 E. Houston St. (at Orchard St.), 212-598-4600, americanapparel.net

Products: Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Anna

Kathy Kemp's tiny white shop showcases her much-coveted Anna line, which features voluminous silk dresses, draped tops, and beautifully simple wool pencil skirts.
150 E. Third St. (at Ave. A), 212-358-0195

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Circa Now

East Village locals head here for well-organized, pristine vintage pieces from the 1950s through '80s. 238 E. Sixth St. (between Second and Third Aves.), 212-254-2555, circanownyc.com

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

Daryl K

Downtown standout Daryl Kerrigan turns out stunningly chic, streamlined garments with a rock-and-roll edge. This season, she was inspired by the bands Black Sabbath and the Velvet Underground.
21 Bond St. (between Lafayette St. and Bowery), 212-529-8790,
darylk.com for more information

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Dear 55

Every surface and fixture in this surreal fluorescent spot is slicked in futuristic white paint. Look for high-end vintage garments procured in Asia and Europe, chunky beaded jewelry, and modern, angular clothing.
55 Clinton St. (between Stanton and Rivington Sts.), 212-673-3494

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

Dolce Vita

There's a countrywide mania for this well-priced accessories label, and no wonder: Its trendsetting pieces are also ultra-comfortable (even the wedge boots and stacked-heel peep-toes). As a bonus, the back holds party dresses by Dolan and Mara Hoffman, while DV by Dolce Vita—an even more affordable line—lives in a small space a few doors down. 149 Ludlow St. LES 212-529-2111, shopdolcevita.com; DV by Dolce Vita: 159 1/2 Ludlow St. LES 212-475-0565
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