New York Shopping Guide

Nolita/SoHo/Tribeca/Chinatown

Oak

Oak is still the city's main arbiter when it comes to deconstructed, street-inspired style. Though it has a newer outpost in Manhattan, we'll always like the larger Williamsburg location best. Marked by exceptionally high ceilings and a huge garage-style door, the lofty, all-white front holds a display table made from cardboard boxes, stacked with printed tanks from Scout and gray Acne jeans. Meanwhile, the recently expanded back is painted black, and lined with church pews and studded heels from Pour La Victoire. 28 Bond St. NOHO 212-677-1293; 208 N. Eighth St. WILLIAMSBURG 718-782-0521, oaknyc.com

Charlotte Ronson

A playful aesthetic is a constant thread in Charlotte Ronson's cheery, '70s-inspired clothing and accessories. Perennial favorites are keyhole-neck dresses, striped zip-up hoodies, and colored cords.
239 Mulberry St. (between Prince and Spring Sts.), 212-625-9074, charlotteronson.com for more information

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Chelsea Girl Couture

Loved by celebs, Chelsea Girl is a great resource for offbeat vintage clothing; expect garments from heavy hitters like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci sprinkled into the mix.
186 Spring St. (between Sullivan and Thompson Sts.), 212-343-7090, chelsea-girl.com

Costume National

Italian by design but imbued with a Japanese sensibility, this line favors a neutral palette and loose yet tailored shapes. Especially great are its shoes and bags.
160 Mercer St. (between Prince and Houston Sts.), 212-431-1530, costumenational.com

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

Court

Situated in a former mob museum in Little Italy, this year-old endeavor from the women behind the East Village vintage shop Circa Now is as low-lit and moody as a 19th-century jail cell. The racks hold a smattering of handpicked antique treasures, but most of the space is devoted to small, edgy, and affordable lines, like Grey Ant, Mink Pink, and Sophomore
178 Mulberry St. (between Kenmare and Broome Sts.), 212-925-1022

Curve

Stylist Nevena Borissova's trio of boutiques (L.A. hosts the original, while the newest is in Miami's Gansevoort Hotel) all provide subtle variations on the same theme: She culls pieces that are a few steps ahead of the current trends but well short of alienating. In New York, this means nearly transparent Balmain T-shirts, Made Her Think two-finger rings, and beaded Givenchy tops. 83 Mercer St. SOHO 212‑966-3626, shopcurve.com

Forever 21

It's unbelievable how inexpensive—and on-trend—the clothing is here (the majority of the merchandise is under $30). The huge SoHo location is its newest in the city.
568 Broadway (at Prince St.), 212-941-5949, forever21.comfor store information

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Designer Discount, Chain

Jill Stuart

New York-based Stuart always brilliantly interprets the season's trends.
100 Greene St. (between Prince and Spring Sts.), 212-343-2300, jillstuart.com

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

Kate Spade

Famous for her simple, structured handbags—but don't overlook her equally outstanding shoe line.
454 Broome St. (at Mercer St.), 212-274-1991, katespade.com

Products: Shoes, Bags, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Kiosk

Owners Alisa Grifo and Marco ter Haar Romeny travel all over the world, ferreting out the everyday—yet beautiful—artifacts of a culture or a region, whether it's an orange peeler from Florida or a mending kit from Germany. The spoils of their trips are displayed at their eccentric you-have-to-know-about-it-to-know-it's-there second-floor store. 95 Spring St., Second Fl. SOHO 212‑226-8601, kioskkiosk.com
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