New York Shopping Guide

Our list of the most undeniably unmissable spots.

The Top 100 Boutiques in New York

Kirna Zabête

One of the first boutiques that could legitimately go toe-to-toe with trendsetters like Barneys, Kirna Zabête established itself in Soho back in 1999 and has since become a huge force. But despite their success, Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley are far from complacent when it comes to finding left-of-center pieces. Right now, they're betting on Giambattista Valli balloon-sleeved blouses and Rick Owens' leather biker jackets. 96 Greene St. SOHO 212-941-9656, kirnazabete.com for more information

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

Layla

Owner Alayne Patrick travels to India constantly to source everything from rough-cut diamond drop earrings to satin quilts, which she then deftly mixes with Megan Park gowns and a house line of tunics. A recently opened towel annex across the street is replete with neatly folded stacks of Missoni beach blankets and exuberantly patterned Fabindia bath sheets. 86 Hoyt St. BOERUM HILL 718-222-1933; 83 Hoyt St. BOERUM HILL 718-222-1933

Ludivine

Specializing in super-refined French brands like Vanessa Bruno, Ludivine Gregoire's West Village boutique has been a massive success with all the like-minded, gamine girls in the neighborhood. Earlier this year, she opened a second, much larger shop on the Upper East Side. 172 W. Fourth St. WEST VILLAGE 646-336-6576; 1216 Lexington Ave. UES 212-249-4053, boutiqueludivine.com

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

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

Mick Margo

Nadine Ferber Abramcyk, the owner of this out-of-the-way destination, claims that she never keeps more than about 10 key pieces in her own closet. And this sensibility is definitely reflected in her store: She embraces an effortlessly chic style season after season. Slouchy Clu tanks hang next to khaki green Isabel Marant dresses and Catherine Holstein jumpers. 19 Commerce St. WEST VILLAGE 212-463-0515, mickmargo.com

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

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

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