Best shops in Little Italy and Nolita for fashion and gifts

The best shops in the area are mainly clustered on Elizabeth and Mulberry Streets. Consult our list and head straight for these standout stores.

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Nolita offers several standout boutiques. Among the best shops in the neighborhood are jeweler Erica Weiner’s eponymous store and the NYC spinoff of LA’s Creatures of Comfort. In Little Italy, seek out the few remaining Italian food stores for fresh mozzarella and other delicacies.

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Condor

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shop owner Loriann Smoak has racked up a lot of stamps on her passport (she traveled to 19 countries last year alone!), and now she’s bringing her worldly finds to this Nolita boutique. The bright, white, marble-detailed space is decorated with plants and greenery, and it’s loaded with garb from local and international designers. Eco-friendly silk tanks by Amour Vert come from France ($72), Ghost Dancer beaded bib necklaces are inspired by Native American culture ($178), Juma bird-printed scarves are made in India ($175) and cult photographer Neil Krug’s Pulp Art Book of grainy Polaroid-film photos can decorate coffee tables ($50).

  1. 259 Elizabeth St, (between E Houston and Prince Sts)
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Creatures of Comfort

  • Price band: 4/4
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It may be the former home of the 12th police precinct, but the only thing criminal about Jade Lai’s Nolita store would be passing up its hip merch. A spin-off of the five-year-old Los Angeles boutique, Creatures of Comfort has made a name for itself by scouting up-and-coming labels from near and far. Now that it has expanded to the East Coast, you can browse pricey but oh-so-cool statement pieces from avant-garde lines such as MM6 and Zucca, plus bohemian basics from Lai’s Creatures of Comfort in-house collection. Items worth the sticker shock include head-turning Rachel Comey suede studded clogs with ankle straps ($380) and outfit-making Anntian silk mosaic scarves ($270). Don’t forget to sashay on back to the swanky garden patio after your plastic cools off.

  1. 205 Mulberry St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts)
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DiPalo Fine Foods

Family owned since 1910, this gastronamia represents all 20 regions of Italy with imports such as handmade cheeses, cured meats, olive oil and vinegar.

  1. 200 Grand St, (at Mott St)
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Erica Weiner

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Seamstress-turned-jewelry-designer Erica Weiner sells her own bronze, brass, silver and gold creations alongside vintage and reworked baubles in her first-ever, eponymous boutique. With a painted tin ceiling and white-tiled floors accented by early-20th-century furnishings, the store resembles an old-fashioned dress shop. Weiner combs estate sales and New England auction houses to line the shelves of her cozy shop with antique engagement rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all of which have unique stories behind them. Her wares are often casts or modified versions of old objects, such as 1930s cocktail stirrers from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that she fashioned into polished brass necklaces ($85). Even better, much of Weiner’s jewelry can be scooped up for less than $100. Browse winged cicada-insect dangling earrings ($30), mottled feather-and-mesh Chinese ginkgo-leaf charm necklaces ($35), brass floral-patterned reproduction Victorian wedding bracelets ($65) and 1930s vintage filigree diamond engagement rings ($625).

  1. 173 Elizabeth St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts)
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Love, Adorned

  • Price band: 4/4
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Lori Leven, owner of sister tattoo parlors New York Adorned (one located in the LES and the other in Williamsburg), has expanded her brand to include a new jewelry haven: Love, Adorned. The third spin-off chainlet houses a treasure trove of baubles, home goods and trinkets. Stark white walls, glass and wood display cases, and a warehouselike lofted ceiling play backdrop to the store’s offbeat mix of goods. Tunes from the likes of Ray Charles bellow through the speakers as you peruse offerings such as Collina Strada tough-girl leather harnesses that resemble chic shrunken vests ($400) and Lou Zeldis sterling-silver mountain rings with Afghan lapis stones ($140). A kitschy selection of Santa Fe Stoneworks patterned pocketknives ($90) and rainbow vintage ashtrays ($40–$80) spruce up a bulky wooden table, while super-pricey Lindsay Thornburg billowy, handmade cloaks ($960–$1,300) hang from the walls. Though splurges such as Jeeyun Ha dainty gold-chain necklaces accented with feathers ($380) are scene-stealers, cheap thrills like Alyssa Ettinger porcelain milk bottles ($40–$70) make us equally giddy.

  1. 269 Elizabeth St , (between E Houston and Prince Sts )
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Resurrection

  • Price band: 4/4

Founded by Mark Haddawy and Katy Rodriguez in the late '90s, this bi-coastal vinatge boutique (there's also one in L.A.) hosts high-end brands (Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier) and styles for both ladies and gents.

  1. 217 Mott St, (between Prince and Spring Sts)
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