New York Shopping Guide

Nolita/SoHo/Tribeca/Chinatown

Kisan Concept Store

Even though it's operated by three Parisians, the Kisan flagship is actually in Iceland, which partly explains its eclectic appeal. The front of the year-old space is devoted to art books, graphic stationery, and eggshell-thin glassware, while the back is given 
over to big, primarily French, fashion names like Vanessa Bruno, Sonia Rykiel, and Jerome Dreyfuss. 125 Greene St. SOHO 212-941-9656, kisanstore.com for more information

Ksubi

Started in Australia by a few surfer friends (and formerly known as Tsubi), this reliably hip streetwear label is best known for its super-skinny stretch jeans.
219C Mulberry St. (between Prince and Spring Sts.), 212-334-4690, ksubi.com for more information

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

Lyell

Designer Emma Fletcher picked her mother's maiden name when deciding what to call her label, which is just one of the ways this well-loved collection nods to the past. Sweet and ladylike silhouettes cut from delicate floral and lace fabrics are the linchpin of her line, and all are showcased in her cozy shop. 173 Elizabeth St. NOLITA 212-966-8484, lyellnyc.com

Marc Jacobs

The superstar American designer's SoHo store is devoted to his higher-end line (for his Marc by Marc Jacobs boutiques, see the West Village map).
163 Mercer St. (between Houston and Prince Sts.), 212-343-1490, marcjacobs.com for more information

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

Marni

Witty and inventive, this Italian luxury label's clothes and accessories are known for their voluminous shapes and playful details.
161 Mercer St. (between Houston and Prince Sts.), 212-343-3912, marni.com

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

Matter

Before opening Matter in 2003, Jamie Gray studied sculpture at the Pratt Institute, which explains the shop's focus on architecturally minded design. If you see a cool item in a forward-thinking, modern shelter magazine, chances are it's here, whether it's Areaware's wooden bear or slick Alvar Aalto chairs. 405 Broome St. SOHO 212-343-2600; 227 Fifth Ave. PARK SLOPE 718‑230-1150, mattermatters.com

Miu Miu

The younger, lower-priced offshoot of Prada mixes sporty and feminine influences (and right now is turning out some pretty incredible bags).
100 Prince St. (between Mercer and Greene Sts.), 212-334-5156, miumiu.com for more information

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

Nanette Lepore

Kittenish, retro-tinged feminine clothing is Lepore's forte. Things have an opulent post-Summer-of-Love feel: ruffle-sleeved wallpaper-print dresses, bell-sleeved swirl-pattern tops, and brocade coats fastened with oversize buttons.
423 Broome St. (between Crosby and Lafayette Sts.), 212-219-8265, nanettelepore.com

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

No. 6

Morgan Yakus used to sell vintage clothing at London's Portobello Road flea market before she and stylist Karin Bereson decided to open their own shop. Occupying a former firearms store, this living-room-like space offers a trove of hand-selected '70s and '80s pieces, along with a house collection of bohemian dresses (which often sells out at Barneys Co-op) and other small labels, like Stine Goya and Anntian. 6 Centre Market Pl. Little Italy 212-226-5759, no6store.com

Opening Ceremony

One of the first boutiques to populate the now über-trendy intersection of Howard and Crosby streets (Jil Sander and Derek Lam just debuted there), Opening Ceremony continues to abide by its original premise: Every season, designers from a different country or region go up against a permanent collection of American labels like Alexander Wang and Boy by Band of Outsiders. Right now, Mexico is on deck. 35 Howard St. SOHO 212-219-2688, openingceremony.us
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