New stores (February 14–20, 2013)

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  • Amelia Toro sleeveless lace dress, $1,105

  • Amelia Toro beaded bag, $795

  • Chacott by Freed of London

  • Cynthia Rowley V-neck polka dot dress, $375

  • Cynthia Rowley reversible two-tone silk blouse, $275

  • Cynthia Rowley pebbled-leather travel wallet, $85

  • Erica Weiner rhodonite chevron earrings, $75

  • Erica Weiner peanut-locket necklace, $120

  • Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

    Ranali Boutique

  • Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

    Ranali chunky stone necklace, $360

  • Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

    Ranali agate-and-leather belt, $156

  • Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

    Ranali small fringe bag, $68

Amelia Toro sleeveless lace dress, $1,105

Amelia Toro

  • Price band: 4/4

Colombian womenswear designer Amelia Toro expands her business from Bogotá to the United States with her first North American store. The 5,000-square-foot, two-story space features luxe apparel ($495–$2,000), shoes ($460–$500) and leather bags ($530–$1,035) on the ground floor (the brand’s showroom and offices are on the second level), which achieves an industrial aesthetic with plain white walls, concrete floors and aluminum fixtures. Try on fancy items such as bib-collar dresses ($1,105) and long wool coats ($1,265), and accessorize with small ($695) and large ($1,195) handwoven bags. (212-337-8567, ameliatoro.com). Mon–Sat 11am–6pm.

  1. 229 Tenth Ave, (between 23rd and 24th Sts), 10011
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Chacott by Freed of London

  • Price band: 2/4

For the first time in the United States, you can nab dance wear from Japanese brand Chacott and British label Freed of London under one roof. Whether you’re a professional dancer or merely spent your childhood in a tutu, you’ll be in awe of the floor-to-ceiling 14-foot-long wall boasting Freed of London pointe shoes ($94) and ballet slippers  ($20–$30), which are styles famously worn by members of the New York City Ballet. Stock up on rehearsal gear such as Chacott tights ($14–$28) and Freed of London leotards ($38–$102), and get ready for the stage with cosmetics including powder puffs ($8) and full-body foundation ($42). The store also has professional fitters who spend a full 40 minutes to properly size you, and offers custom-order costumes ($500–$900) and handmade tiaras ($268–$384). Yoga buffs can also get in on the action with Chacott apparel ($24–$189) and Manduka professional mats ($98). (212-432-4414, freedusa.com). Mon–Sat 11am–7pm.

  1. 20 E 20th St, (between Broadway and Park Ave South), 10003
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Cynthia Rowley

  • Price band: 3/4

The local designer expands her lifestyle brand with a second NYC spot (the first is in the West Village), housed inside a four-story townhouse. The store offers trendy threads such as printed leggings ($235), graphic tees ($45) and metallic floral dresses ($625), as well as accessories including colorful sunglasses ($125) and leather wallets ($55). In 2010, Rowley started Pretty Penny, an organization that allows the designer to support the creative ideas of former employees by helping them launch collections under her brand. You’ll find some of those projects here, such as CuRious Candy by Cynthia Rowley ($6–$50) pecan caramels, peanut-butter cookies and chocolate roosters, which fill an entire floor. Rowley and her husband, gallerist Bill Powers, helped a previous staffer launch affordable art website Exhibition A (exhibitiona.com) in 2011, and you’ll find a by-appointment-only gallery of limited-edition modern prints ($100–$1,000) from artists such as New Yorker Wes Lang. (212-288-1141, cynthiarowley.com). Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–7pm; Fri, Sat 10am–8pm.

  1. 43 E 78th St, (between Madison and Park Aves), 10075
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Erica Weiner

  • Price band: 3/4

Brooklyn-born jewelry designer Erica Weiner returns to her roots with the opening of her second NYC store (the original is in Nolita). The antique-inspired shop is housed in an 1850s brownstone, and features handmade baubles from both the lower-priced Erica Weiner Collection ($6–$200) and higher-end 1909 line ($360–$2,550). Some of our favorites include brass collar necklaces ($65), arrow-shaped studs ($80–$150) and ID-tag bracelets ($55). Splurge on diamond cube earrings ($375) and lion-shaped yellow-gold rings ($450). (718-855-2555, ericaweiner.com). Daily noon–8pm.

  1. 360 Atlantic Ave, (between Bond and Hoyt Sts), 11217
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Ranali Boutique

  • Price band: 2/4

Jewelry designer Hassan Rabah closed his ten-year-old Soho shop Sterling Stones to open this minimalist space, which also hawks vintage hats ($12–$75) and fur coats ($800–$975) that he hand embellishes. The boutique’s name is a portmanteau of the monikers of Rabah’s wife, Rana, and their son, Ali, and features handmade baubles ($25–$200) that incorporate amber from Russia, garnets from India and turquoise from Afghanistan. Highlights include colorful stone earrings ($25–$75), onyx necklaces ($25–$200) and semiprecious gold bangles ($25–$75). Check out the wall devoted entirely to unisex hats, including knit beanies ($12–$30), tweed fedoras ($25–$45) and felt bowler caps ($25–$30). You’ll also find leather goods designed by Rana, like boho fringe bags ($68–$150) and fold-over clutches ($108–$180). As a grand-opening perk, drop in through February 28 to receive 20 to 50 percent off everything in the store.(718-419-6367). Daily 11am–7pm.

  1. 176A Bowery, (at Kenmare St), 10012
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