New York Shopping Guide

Our list of the most undeniably unmissable spots.

The Top 100 Boutiques in New York

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One of the first retailers to move to the now bustling Meatpacking District, this two-storefront home accessories, jewelry, and gift shop is beloved for its ability to root out strong, small labels. You'll see John Robshaw batiked bedding and '60s-ish, rainbow-hued I. Ronni Kappos necklaces. 805 Washington St. MEATPACKING DISTRICT 212-229-2292, thisisauto.com

Beyond 7

In a smart move, Showroom Seven (one of NYC's most established fashion agencies) decided to use the vacant space below its offices as a store. It’s decorated with relics from runway shows (like a yarn deer head that a model wore on the Benjamin Cho runway in 2008), and its suspended racks hold a deep selection from the designers the agency represents, including Elise Øverland, Erickson Beamon, and Issa London. 601 W. 27th St. CHELSEA 646-619-6857

Castor & Pollux

Named for the Gemini twins, this shop has been serving up effortlessly elegant pieces for nearly a decade. It occupies a sleepy, slightly off-the-beaten-path corner of the West Village, which means that perusing the racks for picks from Acne and United Bamboo is a gloriously stress-free affair. 238 W. 10th St. (between Bleecker and Hudson Sts.), 212-645-6572

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

Council

Launched Valentine's Day 2009, this airy collective stocks impeccable vintage furniture sourced in the Deep South by Genie Lee, plus Miranda Bennett's hand-dyed silk dresses and tops, and necklaces strung with flecks of laser-cut balsa wood from Pamela Johnston's label, Plume.
360 Atlantic Ave. Boerum Hill 718-522-6906

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

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

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

Darr

Gloriously over-the-top, Darr is an updated version of an old-world antiques store: Turn-of-the-century toy horses, wildebeest taxidermy, and busts carved from wood are a stunning backdrop to the smaller home goods, like horn serving spoons and gold-hued scissors imported from India. 369 Atlantic Ave. BOERUM HILL 718-797-9733

Elizabeth Charles

When Elizabeth Charles launched her eponymous shop in 2002, she introduced then-unknown Australian and New Zealand lines like Willow and Lover to New York. In the intervening years, she's been just as relentless in her quest to import the next big thing from Down Under. 639½ Hudson St. MEATPACKING DISTRICT 212-243-3201, elizabeth-charles.com for more information
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