Epaulet

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This Brooklyn clothing boutique brought its mostly men’s indie wares to Manhattan by setting up shop on the always-in-vogue Lower East Side. The minimal aesthetic of the warm, open space, with its hardwood floors and unadorned, cream-colored walls, complements the ruggedly classic, well-made menswear and small selection of simple ladies’ looks, all of which hang on six rolling racks. You’ll find Epaulet’s house collections, designed by owners Adele Berne and Mike Kuhle, including merino-wool V-neck sweaters made in Italy ($150) and slim-fit wool trousers ($185). Guys can also take home Bailey of Hollywood newsboy caps ($55), Johnston’s lamb’s wool scarves ($50–$60) and skinny hand-sewn silk ties ($60). The store’s exclusive, limited-edition items are another highlight, specifically Alden’s wing-tip boots ($465) and Wm. J Mills & Co. canvas briefcases ($140). Girlfriends, don’t feel left out: There’s one very well-edited rack dedicated to female fashions, such as Gant long, cable-knit cardigans ($295) and Schott cropped leather motorcycle jackets ($385).
Venue name: Epaulet
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Address: 144 Orchard St
New York
10002
Cross street: between Rivington and Stanton Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sat noon–7:30pm, Sun 1–7pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts; F to Delancey St
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