New York Shopping Guide

Our list of the most undeniably unmissable spots.

The Top 100 Boutiques in New York

Steven Alan

One of the formidable forces in shaping NYC's boutique culture, Steven Alan's Tribeca emporium has fast-tracked many a major trend. Though shops that exclusively carry his collection of intentionally rumpled button-downs and shirtdresses now populate the city, the Franklin Street flagship, with its deep apothecary-like shelving and rolling-ladder-adorned, library-ish walls, is the best. Here, vintage Rolexes, Mara Hoffman dresses, and A.P.C. trenches happily coexist. 103 Franklin St. TRIBECA 212-343-0692, stevenalan.com

Zachary's Smile

They're an excellent resource for reworked vintage clothing—the house line of dresses crafted from printed antique silk is wildly popular.
9 Greenwich Ave. (at Christopher St.), 212-924-0604, zacharyssmile.com

Zero Maria Cornejo

Now two locations strong—including a gigantic store on Bleecker—Zero + Maria Cornejo continues to turn out strongly cut, highly conceptual tulip-shaped dresses and cropped jackets. It's rare that the Chilean-born designer ever uses a print or pattern, focusing instead on intensive draping, which means that while many items look confusing on the hanger, they're extraordinarily cool to wear. 33 Bleecker St. NOHO 212-925-3849; 807 Greenwich St. WEST VILLAGE 212-620-0460, zeromariacornejo.com for more information

A Detacher

The pieces from Mona Kowalska's 10-year-old collection—multi-layer dresses, austere jackets—are intimidating on the hanger. But on the body, they're perfectly constructed, deeply flattering, and telegraph a sophisticated, slightly unfinished sensibility. Her flagship shop is one of the most serene spaces in Nolita, outfitted with a shimmering wall of tiles, a lime green map of the world, and a gorgeously dressed-down assortment of accessories. 262 Mott St. NOLITA 212-625-3380

Amarcord

Owned by a pair of Italian natives, the newest outpost of this popular NYC vintage chainlet is a slick edge-of-SoHo space full of pieces from big-in-the-'80s names: Martine Sitbon, Katharine Hamnett, Guy Laroche.
252 Lafayette St. (between Prince and Spring Sts.), 212-431-4161, amarcordvintagefashion.com

Eryn Brinié

Though it sounds like it must be Irish, this late 2008 arrival is actually from Korea. And while one might occasionally stumble upon the lone Eryn Brinié piece at a boutique, a whole concept store is extremely exciting, if only because almost all of the on-point, generally ethereal looks—from sequined slouchy tanks to long, folowing dresses—sell for under $150.501 Broadway SOHO 212-308-6134, erynbrinie.com

King of Greene Street

With enough square footage to rival a department store, this early 2009 addition to Soho—owned by three brothers—offers a wonderfully random and peripatetic assemblage of goods. Italian bikes with lush leather seats and handlebars are scattered about, and everything from Eley Kishimoto's playfully sporty sweaters to Gaspard Yurkievich's overtly sexy dresses Maloles flats and Viktor & Rolf stilettos with sutured-together seams.72 Greene St. SOHO 212-302-5470

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Though this 2008 arrival, which sits in a raw, industrial-flavored spot, is arguably best known for its outstanding edit of clothing (names like Isabel Marant, Acne, and Vena Cava are all here), its displays are pretty breathtaking, too. Opalescent peacock feathers are arranged next to chunks of white coral in mini-vignettes on the floor, and undulating tables cast out of concrete hold geometric necklaces and tiny antique figurines. 123 Norfolk St. LES 212-673-6405, maryamnassirzadeh.com

Portia & Manny

After boutiques Valley and Sweet Tater shuttered in early 2009, the respective owners teamed up to open this new endeavor: There are a host of spa offerings, along with several racks of expertly selected vintage clothing, including floral-printed '70s tops and Dior gowns. 198 Elizabeth St. NOLITA 212-219-6400

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
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