New York Shopping Guide

Our list of the most undeniably unmissable spots.

The Top 100 Boutiques in New York

Dolce Vita

There's a countrywide mania for this well-priced accessories label, and no wonder: Its trendsetting pieces are also ultra-comfortable (even the wedge boots and stacked-heel peep-toes). As a bonus, the back holds party dresses by Dolan and Mara Hoffman, while DV by Dolce Vita—an even more affordable line—lives in a small space a few doors down. 149 Ludlow St. LES 212-529-2111, shopdolcevita.com; DV by Dolce Vita: 159 1/2 Ludlow St. LES 212-475-0565

Dossier

As an extension of its brand, this new biannual literary journal decided to open an independent bookstore in Fort Greene this May. And just as the magazine melds fiction with fashion and art, the shelf space not occupied by limited-edition volumes is devoted to prime vintage clothes, Pamela Love claw cuffs, sweaters by Cardigan, and signed Calder prints. 244 DeKalb Ave. FORT GREENE 718-783-0783, dossierjournal.com

Doyle & Doyle

In 2000, when the Doyle sisters took over a former leather store and transformed it into a tiny estate-jewelry boutique, it was one of the first destination shops in the Lower East Side. They recently doubled in size and added a small house line of eensy stud earrings and charms, cast in the shapes of spiders and letters. The collection takes its cue from the antique pieces on offer, like curlicue-carved lockets and mourning rings. 189 Orchard St. LES 212-677-9991, doyledoyle.com.com

Edit

There are only a handful of great boutiques on the Upper East Side (probably because of the top-notch department stores and hardcore high-end designer boutiques in the area), which makes it easy for Edit to stand out. But it could pull its weight anywhere in town, as it offers two floors of standout names like Derek Lam and Marchesa. 1368 Lexington Ave. UES 212-876-1368, editfashion.com;

Edon Manner

Styled like an opulent English library, with fashion books inserted into the wall as shelves, white-and-gray-striped wallpaper, and a giant tufted couch accented with fox fur throws, Edon Manor has one of the most aggressively forward-looking accessory selections in the city. Staggeringly high heels—laced with tiny bells—from Azzedine Alaïa are arranged next to Dries Van Noten flats. 1391 Greenwich St. TRIBECA 212-431-3890

Fred Flare

The owners of the previously online-only Fred Flare wanted to try a bricks-and-mortar outpost in a no-pressure, out-of-the-way locale, so they settled on an overlooked section of Greenpoint. Yet in Pied Piper-like fashion, legions of die-hard fans are tramping all the way out to shop the scope of the insanely popular, retro-themed site ($11 sunglasses, boyfriend blazers, kitschy earrings) in person. 131 Meserole Ave. GREENPOINT 718‑349-1257, fredflare.com

Honey in the Rough

New Mexico native Ashley Hanoush's unpretentious three-year-old shop is packed with pieces that are both pretty and subtle, like floral-print and lace dresses from Thread Social and Dagmar. Plus, it now offers beauty services (Hanoush used to be a makeup artist). 161 Rivington St. LES 212-228-6415, honeyintherough.com

Hotoveli

The newish, easy-to-miss brick-walled Hotoveli—from the owners of the Bleecker Street boutique Irma—has the feel of the VIP room from some cool '90s club. The pieces are fittingly sophisticated and progressive, including Belstaff jackets, tops from Ilaria Nistri 
and Rick Owens, and LD Tuttle boots. 271 W. Fourth St. WEST VILLAGE 212-206-7722

Il Bisonte

Though this Italian-born accessories house has a big global reputation, it has only two outposts in the States: One is in L.A. and the other is in Soho, where the entire space smells like gloriously tanned leather. Glamorous, buttery soft totes share the shelves with well-conceived wallets, key fobs, and 
chic little clutches. 120 Sullivan St. SOHO 
212-966-8773, ilbisonte.com

John Derian and John Derian Dry Goods

It's a rare accomplishment when a store manages to give birth to an entire design sensibility, but John Derian did exactly that. It's equal parts global bazaar, Cape Cod flea market, and literary salon, and it's reflected in everything from his decoupage platters to the silk quilts, feather dusters, and brass candelabra that line the shelves. 6 E. Second St. EAST VILLAGE 212-677-3917; 10 E. Second St. EAST VILLAGE 212-677-8408, johnderian.com
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