Best shops near the 72nd St subway station

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  • Photograph: Tova Carlin

    Reiss

  • Sean

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    Bra Smyth

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    La Terrine

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    Big Bag

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    West

  • Make Meaning

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    Century 21 Department Store

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    Teddy

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    Tani

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Reiss

Reiss

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Launched in 1971, this London label evolved from a small menswear brand to an acclaimed fashion house lauded for both men’s and women’s looks. Today, Reiss boasts a trio of stores in NYC, including this upscale, womenswear-only boutique. The pieces are pricey, but timeless designs and fanciful fabrics make them justifiable splurges. Tailored striped dresses ($340) and waist belts marked by rope and chain details ($115–$150) are figure-flattering delights. A favorite of Kate Middleton (Reiss designed the cream number she wore in her engagement photos), the brand stays on top of the special-occasion game with beautifully cut, flared-skirt dresses that cinch at the waist ($340). Edgier items include fitted leather jackets ($615–$935) and billowy, sheer jersey tanks ($115).

  1. 197–199 Columbus Ave, (at 69th St)
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Sean

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As the only stateside retailer of looks by French menswear designer Emile Lafaurie, Sean is filled with separates ranging from low-key linen blazers ($295–$425) to cotton V-neck tees ($58) that, according to one sales associate we chatted up, “make every guy’s chest look amazing.” Equally amazing are lightweight, creased chinos ($158) and casually cool, elbow-patched button-downs ($118). While the small shop is primarily frequented by gentlemen, ladies can pop in (or while away the time shopping with their guys) to peruse a selection of patterned, linen scarves ($68), draped over a ladderlike, wooden display.

  1. 224 Columbus Ave, (between 70th and 71st Sts)
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Bra Smyth

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Whether you’re rocking an A cup or have the kind of cleavage that would make Wendy Williams jealous, Bra Smyth has the brassiere for you. An undergarment specialist will take your true measurements, before walking you through an intimates inventory ranging from Wacoal push-up bras ($48) to Hanky Panky lace thongs ($18). Eberjey chemises in supersoft cotton ($64) and Spanx booty-lifting sheer tights ($28) are additional unmentionables worth mentioning. Everyday bras and skivvies account for most of the store’s merchandise, but for that ultraspecial occasion, consider a luxe Lejaby design, blinged out with Swarovski crystals ($119).

  1. 2177 Broadway, (at 77th St)
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La Terrine

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This kitchenware wonderland may pull at your purse strings, but its array of fine linens, utensils and dinnerware will make your tablescape the envy of every party. Wander through this shop, filled with wooden shelves housing an array of luxe home goods, including Laguiole candy-colored flatware ($24–$28 each) and Kim Seybert seersucker napkins ($12). Vietri carafes ($60–$99)—handblown in Italy from recycled glass—and Mariposa eight-ounce martini glasses ($28) are popular buys for those revamping their bars. Shoppers have recently clamored for Lunares aluminum containers ($55), which hold entire cartons of ice cream and help keep them frozen during dessert time—or however long it takes you to polish them off yourself.

  1. 280 Columbus Ave, (at 73rd St)
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Big Bag

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If traveling in style is a priority, then a trip to Big Bag may be the most important one a jet-setter ever takes. Handbags and wallets command attention in the front of the shop, while the back is filled with a myriad of luggage options. Bric’s canvas suitcases on wheels ($175) provide ample space for your duds—yet are small enough to stash in the overhead—and Stephanie Johnson faux-snakeskin iPad cases ($55) can add a touch of glamour to your tablet. Most of the shop’s merchandise is prime for a reveal on the JFK baggage carousel, but a few items work for everyday outings as well: Rebecca Minkoff chain-strap satchels ($195) could win over even the pickiest bag snobs, and leave them with enough extra dough to fill up a Brontibay leather change purse ($40).

  1. 175 W 72nd St, (between Columbus and Amsterdam)
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West

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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. Mention TONY for 10 percent off any West-brand apparel item through May 1.

  1. 147 W 72nd St, (between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves)
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Make Meaning

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Though heavily trafficked by the elementary-school set, this arts-and-crafts storefront welcomes budding Picassos of all ages. Experiment with jewelry design and candle making, or start with a beginner’s project, like customizing a set of greeting cards (starting at $6 each) with paper embellishment. Day passes are $12 for one-off visits or $36 for a year of unlimited trips. The shop, which also hosts birthday parties and corporate team-building events, also sells gifts and toys and has a small café that stocks sweets, snacks and small beverages. If this still sounds like child’s play, roll up with your gang and craft while under the influence of a few carafes of wine ($23–$29 each), which are 50 percent off after 7pm on Wednesdays. Three or more participants 20 percent off experiences Tue after 7pm.

  1. 329 Columbus Ave, (between 75th and 76th Sts)
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Century 21

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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. Bring in a printout of this page to the store to receive a free tote between April 11–May 1.

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

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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. Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through May 1.

  1. 226 Columbus Ave, (between 70th and 71st Sts)
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Tani

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Rejuvenate your footwear collection with a trip to this reasonably priced, leather-scented kicks shop. The moment you step inside, you’re likely to be drawn to the display of Jeffrey Campbell sky-high suede platforms ($145) or men’s SeaVees moccasin boots ($160). Sandals, sneakers, pumps and oxfords are shelved alongside Ilse Jacobsen lace-up wellies ($189) and classic low-top Keds for ladies and gents ($50–$80). Most of the shop’s merchandise is in plain sight, but goodies like French Curve over-the-knee socks ($18) are tucked away in a basket behind the cash register.

  1. 2020 Broadway, (between 69th and 70th Sts)
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RatherBeDancing
RatherBeDancing

Yikes! I didn't realize that $340 dresses were considered just $$ out of $$$$ these days. I'd hate to see what $$$$ stores would cost me... how were these price range categories assigned?