Best new indie shops: Best fashion-forward boutiques

Stay ahead of trends by shopping at these edgy spots.

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    Convent

    Convent

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    Twentyten Bellevue bleach-splattered tank dress, $190, at Convent

    Twentyten Bellevue bleach-splattered tank dress, $190, at Convent

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    Collina Strada zebra Alea Trio bag, $100, at Convent

    Collina Strada zebra Alea Trio bag, $100, at Convent

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    Cheek-ie printed braid necklace, $55, at Convent

    Cheek-ie printed braid necklace, $55, at Convent

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    Herchcovitch for Mykita sunglasses, $415, at Convent

    Herchcovitch for Mykita sunglasses, $415, at Convent

  • Blake Scotland

    Blake Scotland

  • Blake Scotland

    Blake Scotland

  • Blake Scotland

    Blake Scotland

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Convent

Convent

Winner: Convent
Goth fashion isn't all about pentacle necklaces and period clothing—and Convent owner Travis Wayne proves it. For the past year, he's been hawking modern garments for men and women who want to infuse their wardrobe with a hint of the macabre. The mostly dark-hued merch, made of up-and-coming labels—God's Prey oversize cardigans ($275), Twentyten Bellevue bleach-splattered tank dresses ($190), a Marketa leather chain tote bag ($179)—can be accentuated with statement pieces like an Art + Objects oxidized-metal cuff ($79). Zone in on even edgier accessories such as a Triskaidekaphobia shark-jaw charm necklace ($148) and Spitfire clip-on sunglasses ($45). 179 Stanton St between Attorney and Clinton Sts (212-673-0233, conventnyc.com). Mention TONY at checkout to receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more through May 1.

Runner-up: Blake Scotland
Instead of hitting up a big-box store for the same mass-produced frocks everyone else is sporting, scope out this LES innovator: Formerly known as Ferality, the unpretentious Blake Scotland caters to the downtown set with racks of affordable garb from new and well-known brands. Score Torn by Ronny Kobo long striped tank dresses ($198) and vintage-inspired Warriors of Radness men's tanks ($62). Don't miss the duds from Australia's One Teaspoon; you won't find them anywhere else in the U.S. 62 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-387-8540, blakescotland.com). Mention TONY at checkout to receive 10 percent off through May 1.

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