I often get asked what my favorite NYC fashion boutiques are. My answer is, “What store don’t I like?” Seriously speaking I have 10 boutiques, not counting department stores, that I visit almost every season, each for its own reason…
Some because they’re visually beautiful, some because of their unique selection, and others, because I constantly score! What all these boutiques have in common is that they have a certain ambiance that elevates the shopping experience.
Here are my faves:
Opening Ceremony, located on Howard Street, is a multi-level shop that offers avant-garde pieces and a highly curated selection from established designers.
Warm on Mott Street is one of my favorite boutiques to visit. I don’t always walk away with something tangible but the experience is always worth the trip.
Their scent THAT wafts through the space never fails to draw me in and the bohemian vibe with a dash of hipster clothing selection are always en point.
I will say this loud and clear, I never leave empty-handed when I visit the Rachel Comey boutique on Crosby Street. I love her denim as well as her unique tops that are cool but not in an in your face sorta way. Generally speaking, more cool than sexy. I’m also a fan of her shoes. I bought a pair of brick-colored clogs this past summer that I absolutely adore. I appreciate the open, airy and industrial space.
The most feminine boutique of all is Ulla Johnson, located on Bleeker Street. This bright space is literally a breath of fresh air, only further enhanced with fresh flowers – think peaches and cream. I’m a big fan of this romantic, bohemian line and love their colorful knits and flowy midi dresses.
Aussie brand, Zimmerman, is a no brainer, I’m certain to make the trek downtown and am even more excited now to visit their new uptown boutique on Madison Avenue. Consider this destination for sexy luxe bohemian.
Department store meets boutique at Kirna Zabete. They carry a nice mix of high fashion and cool yet affordable brands, This is a one-stop shop for clothes and accessories.
Dover Street Market located in the middle of nowhere on Lexington Avenue in the 30’s is an art installation in and of itself. I was most excited for thmulti-levelvel boutique opening several years back. The decor and display is art and their collection is eclectic – always a fun destination.
10 Corso Como located in South Street Seaport, is Milan’s gift to Manhattan. A unique shopping experience with not much to buy but a lot to look at. Their restaurant is also worth a try.
Totokaelo is a gem of a shop in SOHO housed with cool selections from brands like Issey Miyake, Mara Hoffman, and Maison Margiela to name a few.
Kule is my go-to for all things stripes and cool as in Kule. Think striped cashmere sweaters, striped fur jackets, and tees. You can shop her showroom by appointment only and can be arranged via her website here.
The Westside, located on the Upper East Side and Tribeca is my go-to for the best denim, tees, cozy sweats and sweaters – basically – everyday essentials and some go with the flow dresses and skirts. This California Inspired boutique is a favorite of mine.
Though not permanent, Shopbop has a pop up going at 106 Spring Street. This location will be open until September 22nd and will offer classes, giveaways, parties and specials appearances.
What are your favorite go-to shopping haunts in Manhattan? Please comment below.