Best shops 2012: TONY discounts

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Malia Mills

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through May 1.

This breezy swimwear and clothing line launched in 1993 with the goal of ensuring flattering fits for women of all sizes. Envelop yourself in convertible pieces such as removable-strap swim tops that can be worn as a halter or tube ($215–$235) and loose print caftans with two ties that can be inventively wrapped to fit your body type ($465–$545). The goods definitely aren’t discount resort wear, but investing in one of the standout items here will take the stress out of shopping for your next beach vacation: Check out the pinup-inspired swim bottoms ($195–$225), which feature flirty ties and can be matched with any top, or brave the ruched low-back one-piece Dionne bathing suit ($325–$415).

  1. 199 Mulberry St, (between Kenmare and Springs Sts)
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Onassis Clothing

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY in store or use the code “TIMEOUT10” online to receive 10 percent off all purchases through April 30.

Preppy guys with a rugged edge can refresh their go-to weekend outfits at this menswear boutique. The casual, nautical-inspired clothing is more akin to yachting attire than anything else, but you can rock the denim shorts ($68), striped cotton tees ($58), chambray short-sleeved button-ups ($68) and cargo vests ($88) in a crowded Williamsburg bar just as well. After shopping, stop by the café in the back for complimentary coffee (offered daily) and prosecco on Friday nights.

  1. 71 Greene St, (between Broome and Spring Sts)
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Space.NK

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY at the Greene Street location only to receive a Lipstick Queen Peacock Alley set ($38 value) with any $50 purchase, while supplies last.

Drop by this London-based beauty chain and comb through an array of hard-to-find international brands without the crowds of Sephora. Score luxury skin-care goodies such as Dr Sebagh deep-exfoliating masks ($115), Eve Lom cleansers ($40–$125) and Darphin wrinkle-repair face serums ($175). Natural-looking makeup reigns here—you won’t find any highly pigmented palettes, just cosmetics to enhance your glow. The lightweight NARS mineral face powders ($35), Rococo pastel polishes ($17) and By Terry neutral lip colors ($48) rule supreme.

  1. 99 Greene St, (between Prince and Springs Sts)
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Creatures of Comfort

  • Price band: 4/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off through May 1.

Jade Lai opened the first Creatures of Comfort store in 2005 in L.A., and brought her cool-girl aesthetic to the East Coast two years ago. The shop, located in a former police precinct, houses picks from Lai’s eponymous collection ($150–$550), in addition to lines such as Repetto, Acne, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela and Isabel Marant’s Étoile. Blue racks of clothing (including two for men) are organized by brand, and several pairs of footwear are displayed throughout. You can also find high-end accessories here, such as J.W. Hulme Co. Mini Legacy shoulder bags ($350) and Acne Webber ties ($140). If you need a minute to ponder the purchase of a pair of Illesteva or Karen Walker sunglasses ($200–$300), step inside an outdoor alcove lined with potted plants.

  1. 205 Mulberry St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts)
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Nypull

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY at checkout to receive 10 percent off nonsale items through May 1.

A bright orange decal boasting the names of the 150 young designers this shop carries entices shoppers toward racks crammed with pieces by brands such as Iro, Mandrake and Beta Unit. Some exclusive lines available only here include rosewood-and-sterling and agate jewelry from U.K. line the Branch ($100–$150) and Jon Josef needlepoint loafers ($138) from Spain. While items such as the Iro grommetted pocket tank ($138) and Brave Beltworks studded skinny black belt ($108) require a definite splurge, you can still wrap yourself in one of the unisex silk-and-cashmere scarves ($60) off of the spool table near the front of the store for an affordable and stylish transition into summer.

  1. 265 Lafayette St, (between Prince and Spring Sts)
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Bit+Piece

  • Price band: 3/4
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Mention TONY in-store to get 10 percent off all nonsale purchases through May 1.

Buyers on a budget love this women’s boutique, which is consistently packed with discounted designer duds. Seeing items up to 80 percent off on the racks are no rarity, and neither is your chance of digging up treasures like a Jill Stuart bustier ruffled dress ($60), a Marc Jacobs asymmetrical hem skirt ($120) or a Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent ruched silk minidress ($130). Don’t feel guilty about indulging in your shoe obsession here: Picks include Tibi leather open-toe booties ($60) and Hugo Boss wrap-tie sandals ($50), which can update your closet without dipping into your summer vacation savings.

  1. 246 Mott St , (between E Houston and Prince Sts)
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Miniminimarket

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY for 15 percent off any full-priced item through April 26.

Erika Vala and Dana Schwister opened their first boutique in 1999 inside the Williamsburg MiniMall, a former girdle factory. Thirteen years later, they still operate one of the last original shops left in the building, and their clothing and accessories stand the test of time in an evolving neighborhood. You’ll find plenty of affordable and trendy items, ranging from MinkPink floral minidresses ($80) to Cheap Monday button-front rompers ($60) and Funktional open-weave sweaters ($120). Basics such as Levi’s skinny jeans ($55) and graphic tees for men and women ($28–$52) are folded on one side of the store, while Maja woven backpacks ($62), By Boe gold bow hoop earrings ($90) and Soludos striped espadrille flats ($38) are scattered throughout.

  1. 218 Bedford Ave, (between North 4th and 5th Sts)
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Task

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY for 15 percent off any in-store purchase through May 1.

Anne Seally, previously a womenswear designer, stocks her almost three-year-old shop with a selection of clothes, accessories and home goods that fit with her modern-minimalist aesthetic. Some of the items may give you sticker shock, but there are finds that won’t break the bank—look for Uzi tribal-print leggings ($85), Marika Charles dyed striped tees ($98) and Global Girls beaded leather sandals ($120). The housewares section yields Cutipol Noor resin-handle flatware (five-piece set $72), hand-painted Moroccan tea glasses ($10 each) and Maoiliosa Japanese paper-wrapped pencil sets ($9.75) that are ideal for gifting or for sprucing up your own abode.

  1. 100 North 3rd St, (between Berry and Wythe Sts)
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Whisk

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off purchases (excluding electronics) through May 1.

Whether you’re prone to whipping up fancy feasts on the regular or you prefer your chow microwavable, this little kitchen shop likely carries just what you need to rejuvenate your dining life. Calphalon pot, pasta and steamer sets ($80) and Cuisinart four-cup coffeemakers ($35) will suit even the simplest chef, while more seasoned Martha Stewart devotees can look over Whisk’s healthy supply of Le Creuset oval Dutch ovens ($275) and Lodge cast-iron skillets ($16–$62). Beyond the basics, look out for some funky foodie treats, including Benriner Japanese Mandolin catch-tray sets ($48) and HIC porcelain mini creamers in the shape of elephants ($3).

  1. 231 Bedford Ave, (between North 3rd and 4th Sts)
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Shoe Market

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY for 15 percent off all full-priced items through April 26.

After the success of their original shop, Miniminimarket, Schwister and Vala launched an offshoot store dedicated to trend-conscious and moderately priced footwear for guys and gals. On the right side of the shop, browse the men’s shoes on handsome wood shelves, notably the JD Fisk Nikko brogues ($169) and Clae nylon sneakers with leather cap toes ($115). Ladies can grab a seat on the vintage chairs and cowhide stools throughout the store to try on Jeffrey Campbell suede sandals with wooden platforms ($146), Bass woven leather slip-ons ($79) and Sven Swedish clog sandals ($186), among other sexy yet walkable styles.

  1. 160 North 6th St, (at Bedford Ave)
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Eva Gentry Consignment

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off purchases until May 1.

Many local stylists resell unwanted high-end pieces at this airy vintage boutique; highlights from the current stock include a Chanel ribbed tank ($150), a Phillip Lim red leather duffle ($298) and a Rick Owens black tunic dress ($179). Interested sellers should note that consignment is by appointment only (the store is now seeking spring and summer items), and sellers receive 40 percent of the final sale price of each item.

  1. 371 Atlantic Ave, (between Bond and Hoyt Sts)
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Maleeka

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off clothing and accessories from Thursday 12 to April 30.

One-of-a-kind pieces dominate the stock at Maleeka Ahmed’s namesake boutique, a warm, inviting storefront along busy Atlantic Avenue. Handcrafted pieces by artisans in far-flung locations such as Turkey, France, Austria and Israel are laid out on long tables throughout the cozy space. You’ll find delicate items, such as thin jeweled bangles ($29) and wispy gold chains ($29), alongside statement trinkets such as blue-and-white beaded earrings ($119). There’s also a small selection of women’s clothing, featuring labels like Funktional and Skies Are Blue.

  1. 327 Atlantic Ave, (between Hoyt and Smith Sts)
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Darr

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off of items in Hollander & Lexer’s apothecary line from Thursday 12 to April 30.

The emphasis at this shop is on unusual, handcrafted items, which is apparent as soon as you enter the space—it’s kitted out with vintage prints and rustic touches, making it resemble a log cabin. Co-owners Yaz Benmira and Brian Cousins (the team behind nearby Hollander & Lexer; see above) scour the country for antique wares; on a recent trip, we spotted a cool slate blackboard ($375) and a set of ten small punch glasses ($140). Although the vintage items can be pricey, there’s also a small selection of noteworthy, newer pieces, such as wooden duck-call whistles ($22).

  1. 369 Atlantic Ave, (between Bond and Hoyt Sts)
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Flight 001

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off items at the Brooklyn (and Manhattan) locations through May 1.

Aiming to bring back the glamour of jet-age travel, Flight 001 offers a well-edited array of stylish products, including luggage, gadgets, books and gifts, at a wide range of price points—there’s plenty here for $4 (a shoe shine kit, bandages), $16 (a mini tripod) and $25 (a universal adaptor in one of four colors), while high-end luggage can run up to $595. Check out Flight 001’s in-house line of travel accessories, featuring retro luggage tags ($16 each), paper soap ($5 each) and its exclusive Spacepak compression pieces ($30–$98).

  1. 132 Smith St, (between Bergen and Dean Sts)
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Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off in-store purchases until May 1.

This Boerum Hill hodgepodge lives up to its name, stocking an exhaustive array of art supplies, baby goods, cocktail accessories, beauty items, cleaning products, candy, quirky gifts, home essentials, kitchen gadgets, pet goodies, office tools, toys, wall art and wedding presents—and that’s not all. We saw alligator kitchen choppers ($32), bubble-wrap calendars ($20), Candy Stash wallets ($16), glow-in-the-dark stars ($10) and Brooklyn tote bags ($16–$27). Pick up one of those to haul away the rest of your spoils—you won’t be able to leave here empty-handed.

  1. 365 State St, (at Bond St)
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DNA Footwear

Mention TONY for 10 percent off your entire purchase (except for TOMS or Uggs) through April 30.

The Boerum Hill outpost of this Brooklyn chainlet boasts a diverse array of kicks—approximately 150 brands are represented—for both ladies, gents and kids. The selection includes basics such as cork-heeled Worishofer sandals ($60–$70), TOMS slip-ons ($44–$54) and Sperry men’s saddle oxfords ($100). The shop also offers more outlandish styles, such as vibrant-hued plastic flats ($30–$55) from Brazilian company Melissa. 

  1. 141 Smith St, (between Bergen and Dean Sts)

Bejeweled

Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off an entire purchase through April 30.

You may need a moment to adjust your eyes after entering this bright shop, unless you wear sunglasses on: The walls are covered in an almost overwhelming array of sparkly costume baubles. But if you’re willing to dig through the racks of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, you’ll find plenty of cheap gems, such as oversize gold hoops ($10) and colorful wooden bangles (from $5). In addition to the trendy jewelry, the shop also carries budget accessories, such as an entire display of $10 sunglasses, feathered headbands ($20) and a selection of colorful scarves (from $12.99). 

  1. 131 Smith St at Dean St

Homage Brooklyn

Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off any one non-sale item Thu 12 through April 30.

After almost five years in a small Smith Street storefront, this street-wear emporium has moved shop to a new space around the corner on Bergen Street, where its collection of threads from hip purveyors like Altamont remains. Sneakerheads will want to check out the shop’s wall of kicks, featuring classics like Vans low-top slip-ons ($48–$60) along with suede low-tops ($90) from the Nike SB line. Skate and snowboarding decks (skate $40–$65, snow $320–$666) from brands like Anti Hero and LibTech are also for sale; plus, the store operates the Gowanus-based New York Skate Academy, which offers lessons for newbie shredders. 

  1. 64 Bergen St, (between Court and Smith Sts)

West

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY for 10 percent off any West-brand apparel item through May 1.

Sneaker shops abound in NYC, but few have as much character as West: Exposed-brick walls, pictures of tracksuit aficionados Run-D.M.C. and a poster of the 1992 Dream Team add a bit of sports nostalgia to the spot, which sells new and classic kicks for guys and girls, along with apparel and accessories. Jeremy Scott for Adidas high-top denim sneakers with detachable wings ($200) are a fashion-forward contrast with the more practical Nike Free mesh running shoes for women ($100). WeWood watches ($119–$135) crafted from maple provide a refreshing take on wrist wear, and the Dennis Rodman action figures ($30) are the spitting image of the Hall of Famer in 1998—blond hair and all.

  1. 147 W 72nd St, (between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves)
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Century 21

  • Price band: 1/4
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Bring in a printout of this page to the store to receive a free tote between April 11–May 1.

This discount megastore is stocked with a dizzying selection of clothing, shoes, accessories and luggage: Four sprawling floors house designer items at slashed prices. On a recent trip, we spotted Ray-Ban ombré-framed shades ($70), Alice + Olivia strapless party frocks ($200), as well as Billy Reid plaid button-downs ($70) and Calvin Klein leather belts ($17, $45) for the guys. While crazy deals on luxury brands draw shoppers in droves, items such as Klique B distressed-denim shorts in every shade of the rainbow ($30) are equally exciting.

  1. 1972 Broadway, (between 66th and 67th Sts)
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Teddy

  • Price band: 1/4
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Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through May 1.

Bright dresses and bold accessories pop against Teddy’s pale wallpaper and checkered floors—a lovely setting for the store’s selection of boho-chic women’s apparel. BB Dakota miniskirts in micro-pleated chiffon ($65) hang next to the shop’s eponymous-label scoop-neck paisley dresses ($120), and accessories include D&Y floppy wool hats ($39) and Urban Expressions faux-leather clutches ($58). With the majority of these pieces retailing for under $150, the sale rack is home to some stellar bargains. Tresics boxy tees are snipped from $32 to $26, and Ark & Co. strapless cocktail dresses that were previously $108 can be yours for $88.

  1. 226 Columbus Ave , (between 70th and 71st Sts), 10023
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Instant Replay

  • Price band: 4/4
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Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off handbags through May 1.

Lodged between an optical store and a children’s boutique, this unassuming vintage shop has no awning and no sign in the window—only piles of handbags and jewelry. Once you step inside and look past the racks of clothes, you may find yourself drawn to the wall of purses that hang behind owner Marc Pine’s counter. Local women frequent this 35-year-old store to bring in old and new Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada bags for Pine to inspect, authenticate and sell. Prices for the designer arm candy can range anywhere from $100 for Coach and Dooney & Bourke satchels to more than $3,000 for Chanel. Vuitton luggage pieces ($850) are also available. In addition to bags, Pine has collected about 50,000 examples of costume jewelry, starting at $10 for earrings and going up to $30,000 for vintage gold and diamond items.

  1. 72-20 Austin St, (between Ascan Ave and 72nd Rd)
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Lady Love

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off through May 1.

Lisa Jaume opened her accents shop two years ago with the intention of bringing elegance and femininity back into the shopping experience. Women of all ages browse the vintage-inspired wares, surrounded by retro prints and sketches on the wall, with smooth jazz playing in the background. Jaume’s eclectic, girlish selection includes high-heel wine caddies ($45–$48), Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe prints ($44), Scandal bustier-topped nail polishes ($8.99) and earrings from Dancing with the Stars jeweler Anne Koplik ($20–$90). Shoppers often comment on the sweet smell in the air, and Jaume is quick to point them toward its source—Illume Pomegranate Aromatic Reed Diffusers ($29).

  1. 71-63 Austin St, (at 72nd Ave)
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Dmitry

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mention TONY to receive 25 percent off ties through May 1.

If you see a tie you like here, you’d better buy it quick—Naples-born designer and store owner Dmitry Toscano switches out his patterns every month. Hanging beneath black-and-white photos of Italian cities is his extensive collection of 100 percent silk neckwear ($52). The light-blue solid and polka-dot ties are popular with those in the corporate scene, while Toscano’s skinnier styles attract the well-dressed cool crowd. And just past the Vespa parked in the middle of the store is a wall of Italian designer Lorenzo Uomo’s colorful socks ($14). Though this store is mostly for men, ladies can scope the bright neck scarves ($10) and Nesti Dante soaps ($12). If you feel the need to buy more than one of something, you’ll save some money, too: Everything is priced both individually and as duos or trios (e.g., two soaps for $20 or three ties for $99).

  1. 72 -28 Austin St, (between Ascan Ave and 72nd Rd)
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