New store openings in NYC

Never have a shortage of stylish goods with our list of the best new store openings around the city

Recent store openings

Calliope

Meet your new favorite life-size Pinterest page. Husband-and-wife duo Caroline and Michael Ventura are purveyors of contemporary and midcentury furniture, lighting, art and odd trinkets from all around the globe, making this West Village boutique a hodgepodge for unique home design pieces you won’t find anywhere else. We like Escape duffel bags for weekend getaways ($99), Mike Perry x Case Studyo “No Room for Flowers” vases ($250) for coffee-table décor and BRVTVS gold Cleopatra rings ($98), which were designed by Caroline herself. The owners are also keen on you developing a diverse skill set, which is why they offer appointment-only photography, drawing, butchery and floral-arranging lessons (start at $150) in-store with local instructors.

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Hudson + Lawrence

A new local and independent designer boutique in Boerum Hill? Not exactly groundbreaking, but to our surprise, most of the ready-to-wear jewelry and shoes at this modern-chic boutique are actually affordable. Revolutionary! The store walls are fully lined with racks that showcase a diverse selection of high-quality fashion such as Pink Stitch contrast-stripe Willow dresses ($105) and Greek designer Ioanna Kourbela twisted-shoulder tops ($115). But we’re most excited about the bulk of cutting-edge accessories: Ananias leather gladiator lace-up sandals ($68), Glam Rocks beaded ear bars ($45) and Etymology Jewelry stone necklaces ($45)—we’ll take it all, please!

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Claw & Co.

If you’ve heard of Claw Money, it’s because she’s an iconic NYC graffiti artist, fashion designer and author. Last month, the urban funk artist has added “LES boutique owner” to her repertoire. Inside the hip-hop–inspired shop, expect to find items from her current fashion line, plus racks of rare vintage finds that have been on ice for the past two decades. Claw Money Starter jackets ($200), graphic tees ($30–$40), and Nike Blazer and Vandal sneakers ($195–$250) are displayed against graffiti-inspired wall art. And the wide selection of throwback Gucci sunglasses ($250) only confirms that the vintage stock is just as dope as the owner.

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Mixology

If you struggle with the art of mixing trendy duds with basics, consider the contemporary styles found at this Upper East Side boutique, the key to unleashing your inner mixologist. This is the first Manhattan outpost, which opened last week, for the Long Island retailer, and you have every reason to be excited. While the brand is considered a fast-fashion chain due to its affordable pricing, the shop carries bohemian designer labels, including BB Dakota, Unif and For Love & Lemons, giving the store a leg up on its competitors H&M and Forever 21. Shop for Free Spirit layered necklaces ($35), Whitney Eve Windsor crop tops ($52) and Free People Lennon heels ($178)—you’ll want to add these to your wardrobe, stat.

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Upper East Side

East of the Mississippi

Former Parsons classmates Ali Nichols and Linsay Long teamed up to open this concept boutique, curating a prime selection of women’s apparel, housewares, gifts, accessories, men’s apothecary products and bow ties. Discover Raleigh denim skinny jeans ($215) and CHC cowhide bucket bags ($245), along with M&U Co. wood trays ($95) and Souda ceramic bowls ($45–$125). Everything in the minimal shop, including Shosh New York button-down dresses ($420), is made east of the Mississippi River, so you don’t have to leave NYC to feel like you’ve explored other states along the coast.

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Williamsburg

Sam & Lex

Tired of all those shopping chains and snooty designer wares on the Upper East Side? Enter Sam & Lex, a sister-owned boutique that boasts brands not typically seen this far uptown, like Veda and Mother. Alexandra and Samantha Mann have created an intimate shopping experience catered to twentysomethings with a feminine edge. Walk in or book a private appointment and receive styling tips from the girls while perusing items like LNA Fallon V-neck T-shirts ($71), Paloma blue silk shorts ($158) and Mother denim Dropout overalls ($275). And though it’s no rooftop party, the loftlike space features an outdoor terrace (with a bar cart!), to be used for trunk shows.  

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Anine Bing

Danish model and designer Anine Bing launched her label in 2012, lending her boho sensibilities to a casual range of womens apparel and accessories. Her first shop opened last year in L.A. and the brand recently expanded to include this West Village outpost. Shop high-waisted skinny jeans ($199) and oversized army jackets ($349) at the minimalist boutique, where you’ll also find breezy scoop-neck tanks ($69) and lace-trimmed dresses ($199). Looking to blow your tax return? Head straight for the cropped leather moto jackets ($1,099) and studded leather ankle boots ($699).

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Suzette LaValle

Finds under $100 comprise most of the stock at this charming boutique, where veteran stylist LaValle has curated a selection of women’s clothing, gifts, home decor items and men’s and women’s accessories. Swing by to get your hands on leather-accented fedoras ($39) and canvas laptop bags ($45), shelved alongside horse shoe bracelets ($34) and beaded belts ($28). If you’re unsure how to rock pieces like  paisley shorts ($54)  and python-printed sleeveless tops ($42) fret not: you can visit or call the store to book a styling session with LaValle (starts at $50 and hour), whose past clients include Rosario Dawson and Kirsten Dunst.

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Forever 21

Sprawling across four floors and 36,000 square feet, Forever21’s fifth Manhattan store is brimming with runway-inspired men’s and women’s looks, as well as shoes, activewear and intimate apparel. Snag mesh-paneled T-shirt dresses ($28) and men’s geometric print button downs ($20) at the shop, or stock up on seamless sports bras ($8) and colorblocked workout leggings ($30). For spring staples, check out floral jumpsuits ($25), plus-sized ruffled rompers ($23) and faux-leather clogs ($35).

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Community54

We’ve been loving this streetwear shop since its 2011 debut in lower Manhattan. It recently relocated to the East Village, but the joint still offers a mix of vintage designer labels and unique objects, with a frequently rotating roster of merch. Expect to find fresh, unisex loot from new names every week plus rare and one-of-a-kind pieces like Shirt King Phade x Community 54 Champion sweatshirts ($80), gray-marle Rap snapbacks ($40) and a vintage Michael Jordan–autographed Wheaties box ($350). Stop by on Friday 27 (the store hosts a “Finale Fridays” event each month) for a first look at all the new, locally-designed duds in stock.

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