Best indie shops: Lower East Side

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  • Amoskeag XX

  • Amoskeag XX

  • Amoskeag XX

  • Amoskeag XX

  • Amoskeag XX

  • Amoskeag XX

  • BBlessing

  • BBlessing

  • By Robert James

  • By Robert James

  • Dolce Vita and DV

  • The Dressing Room

  • The Dressing Room

  • Gargyle

  • In God We Trust

  • In God We Trust

  • In God We Trust

Amoskeag XX

Amoskeag XX
This rustic subterranean boutique's decor, merchandise and name draw inspiration from a well-known 18th-century New Hampshire textile mill, recalling the days when utility and durability were synonymous with a certain brand of rugged American style. You'll find the types of clothes you could wear to chop down a tree and then seamlessly blend in at a loft party. Seven jeans styles (manufactured locally using Japanese denim) are stocked year-round, along with seasonal items like plaid wool scarves and vintage cowboy boots. Co-owners Kenji Kawasaki and Hideya Sagawa are all about natural materials—they once dyed T-shirts using water from a leak in their studio. TONY deal: Mention TONY for 10 percent off everything in the shop through May 15. 96 Orchard St between Broome and Delancey Sts (646-237-7336, amoskeagxx.com).

Babel Fair
Every time we step into this minimalist, white-walled shop, we find something new to lust after. Erica Kiang opened the globally minded boutique in November 2009, and specializes in clothing, accessories and tchotchkes sourced from more than two dozen countries: jumbo weekender bags from Ghana, floral frocks from Australia, wacky watches from Japan and so forth. The prices might trip up budget shoppers ($259 art-deco heels or a $119 motorcycle coat from Japan, for example), but you're unlikely to find this stuff anywhere else in the city. TONY deal: Mention TONY when you spend $100 or more to receive $20 off through May 20. 260 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts (646-360-3685, babelfairnyc.com)

BBlessing
Sexy red walls, gothic-dandy decor, and a bevy of on-trend brands (Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Timo Weiland, TheCast, Patrik Ervell) make BBlessing an It-boy destination. A typical shirt runs between $190 and $280, but sales and trunk shows aren't unheard-of. (Most recently, you could buy one pair of Hentsch Man espadrilles and get the second pair half off.) The boutique also doubles as a gallery, exhibiting paintings, photographs, film installations and drawings by such artists as Rankin and Todd Selby. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off everything through May 1. 181 Orchard St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-378-8005, bblessing.blogspot.com)

By Robert James
This laid-back boutique manages to meld the Wild West with '60s rock, as does its swaggering owner, who spins vinyl while hawking classic menswear in punched-up colors and prints. The store carries James's own label, which includes beautifully tailored outerwear ($250--$1,000), hand-sewn shirts ($128--$210) and graphic tees ($48--$58). A selection of manly Leo Kraft jewelry ($60--$195) and vintage accessories ($35--$60) round out the collection. 72 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-253-2121, byrobertjames.com)

Cutie Room
True to its name, this boutique is brimming with cute threads (including a nice stock of pieces by Amanda Uprichard, Yumi Kim and Manisse) at fair prices (almost everything is $200 or less). Assemble a new look with a day-to-night frock, a vintage clutch, some delicate jewelry (we're big fans of Apapantha's antiquey designs), and an Emmez headband or Charm NYC reversible hat. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off vintage clutches and headbands through May 15. 5 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St (212-925-2557, cutieroomnyc.com)

Dolce Vita and DV
In-the-know fashionistas have a secret: When Vogue features an haute shoe, chances are you can find a similar, less-expensive version by Dolce Vita or diffusion line DV. The trendy footwear ranges from $50 to $198, and includes oh-so-right-now flats, pumps, sandals, wedges and boots. The neighboring shops are just a few doors apart and also carry glam women's threads (dresses, skirts, cardigans, tops and more) by Mara Hoffman, Sass & Bide, Minkpink and Torn by Ronny Kobo. Dolce Vita, 149 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-529-2111, shopdolcevita.com) * DV, 159 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-475-0565, shopdolcevita.com)

The Dressing Room
At this co-op--meets--cocktail-lounge, browse fresh designer wares (the names rotate every four months) that range from menswear and lingerie to jewelry, jumpsuits and dresses from up-and-comers like Peter Hidalgo. Or sift through the vintage and secondhand pieces on the lower-level clothing exchange, where shoppers who are short on funds have the option to swap old threads for store credit, cash or bar credit. The fully stocked, in-store bar provides a perfect place to park your significant other while you hunt for gems. TONY deal: Mention TONY for 10 percent off all downstairs merch through May 15. 75A Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-7330, thedressingroomnyc.com)

Gargyle
Wooden tennis rackets adorn the walls at this clever concept store, where the classic country-club aesthetic is infused with an urban edge. The culture clash works surprisingly well, proving that prepsters and hipsters can shop in harmony, choosing from the well-edited selection of playful dresses and chic separates, men's tops and bottoms, and shoes and accessories for all. Look for pieces from hip local and international designers like Rachel Comey and Karen Walker, mixed with quirky antique picture frames and vintage animal figurines. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through April 30, or enter code "TONY10" when shopping online. 16A Orchard St between Canal and Hester Sts (917-470-9367, gargyle.com)

In God We Trust
There are just two racks at In God We Trust—one for the dudes and one for the ladies—but they're both really great. There's no filler here—just quality pieces and a funky back area filled with shoes and accessories. Whatever the occasion, this LES staple is the go-to for little black dresses, meet-the-parents button-downs and acid-wash denim backpacks. (Surely there must be some occasion where that last item comes in handy.) In addition to the retro house line, the shop carries local labels Hayden Yoo, Dusen Dusen, Nomia and Dona Monroe, with pieces costing as little as $15 for a pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses or as much as $400 for a silk frock. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off one non-sale item through May 1. 153 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-228-1055, ingodwetrustnyc.com)

International Playground
A wall of plants divides the front of this boutique from the back showroom, where posh indie and global brands (Vibe Johansson, Ravishing Mad and Study) dangle from silver racks. Find handsome weekend bags, elegant silk leggings and partyhopping-worthy LBDs at this fashion playground, where prices start at $50 for a tee or necklace and go up to $700 for a leather jacket. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off through May 1. 13 Stanton St between Bowery and Chrystie St (718-228-2700, internationalplayground.com)

 

 

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