New York Shopping Guide

West Village/Meatpacking District/ Chelsea/Union Square

Barneys Co-op

This boutique-like offshoot of department store chainlet Barneys New York (see Upper East Side) focuses on hip emerging labels.
236 W. 18th St. (between Seventh and Eighth Aves.), 212-593-7800, barneyscoop.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

Brooklyn Industries

Reasonably priced casual pieces with an urban slant, like slim-cut canvas utility pants and formfitting hoodies, are this Brooklyn-based chainlet's claim to fame. They also make great down coats.
161 Eighth Ave. (at W. 18th St.), 212-206-0477, brooklynindustries.com

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

La Cafetière

This Chelsea decor store focuses on the little luxuries in life, like Basque linen towels and Limoges flowerpots. The main act is upscale tableware—Forge de Laguiole knives, jacquard placemats, Italian pewter pitchers, and more.
160 Ninth Ave. (at 20th St.), 646-486-0667, la-cafetiere.com for more information

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Linens, Tabletop
Type of Store: Boutique

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

Catherine Malandrino

France's Malandrino designs lighthearted, exuberant clothes that often mix hard and soft elements: A blousy, lacy top might be accented with studs, or a sleek, satin dress will have a bold pleated panel cascading from the waist.
652 Hudson St. (at Gansevoort St.), 212-929-8710, catherinemalandrino.com

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

Comme des Garçons

Not surprisingly, the NYC flagship for this inventive Japanese company is as brilliantly peculiar as it gets: All you see when you arrive is an aluminum-lined, egg-shaped tunnel; enter and it opens into a minimalist paradise purveying the full Comme collection.
520 W. 22nd St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.), 212-604-9200

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

Diane von Furstenberg

When you walk into Diane Von Furstenberg, you know you're going to find beautiful silhouettes: smocked, cropped jackets over full skirts, and filmy dresses under swingy trapeze coats.
874 Washington St. (at W. 14th St.), 646-486-4800, dvf.com

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

The Earnest Sewn Co.

Designed to recall an old-fashioned general store, denim line Earnest Sewn's roomy flagship features antique factory fixtures and findings. Best-selling jeans, like the super-slim cigarette-leg "Harlan" and the low-rise "Decca," are stacked in weathered wood cubbies.
821 Washington St. (between Little West 12th and Gansevoort Sts.), 212-242-3414, earnestsewn.com

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

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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