New store openings in NYC
Never have a shortage of stylish goods with our list of the best new store openings around the city
Mon Sep 15 2014
Recent store openings
Owner Lee Chan claims this is Chinatown’s first design store. Instead of the usual Chinatown staples, Uniqulee focuses on one-of-a-kind finds. Look for locally designed dish towels ($15), Selenite candle holders ($39), cast-iron piggy banks ($89), hand-crafted banana fiber bowls ($34–$69) and more. Just about every visit to the shop will feel like the first time as Chan plans to reset the layout and displays every couple of weeks.
- 36 Mott St, (at Pell St)
Opening Saturday 20, this Bed-Stuy boutique is all about showcasing womenswear and lifestyle items from emerging brands and hard-to-find international designers. The clothing skews toward the higher end (a Karla Spetic lace top is $300; a Carly Hunter navy jumper is $442), but you’ll find lower price points in the accessories and home-decor section. For example, nail stickers featuring the NYC subway map are $12, and Abeni bud glasses are $30. Make sure to grab a drink while you shop: The in-store coffee counter serves java from Irving Farm.
- 343 Tompkins Ave, (at Monroe St)
Yes, this accessories store is in the heart of Times Square, but it’s worth the hassle—and it might even relax you (really!). Step inside where the ambience channels the seaside village on the coast of Denmark. The space pays homage to the infamous Skagen beaches in the form of modernized pebble-shaped tables, natural gray wood surfaces and digital displays telling the story behind items in the shop. Standouts include Skagen watches ($95–$275) and jewelry ($30–$100), as well as a new collection of leather bags ranging from backpacks ($195–$355) to satchels ($225–$295) for men and women.
- 1585 Broadway, (between 47th and 48th Sts)
Astoria isn’t exactly known for its selection of clothing boutiques, but Nicole Panettieri is hoping to change that with her new shop, Brass Owl. This Ditmars boutique has a vintage vibe (thanks to its owlcentric decor), but the merch—primarily shoes and accessories—is all new. In addition to boots and shoes from Steve Madden, Dolce Vita and Chinese Laundry ($40–$250), you can shop jewelry from local designers ($10–$150), as well as candles and body-care items. Bonus for locals: Panettieri plans to host monthly events (like a ladies’ night and trunk shows).
- 36-14 Ditmars Blvd, (between 36th and 37th Sts)
After holding several successful pop-ups in the city, it’s no wonder this made-to-measure menswear brand decided to plant its first U.S. store in New York. Men can suit up in style at this technology-driven Soho outpost (think Apple store but for men’s apparel) by booking free one-on-one appointments. Using your measurements, the suits (starting at $449) and dress shirts ($79) are built entirely through an in-store app, which a store employee uses to guide customers through the custom-made process.
- 435 Broome St, (between Crosby St and Broadway)
This French fashion fave is made its mark in NYC in the second half of 2014. Its first Manhattan store opened in the Meatpacking District in September, and a Soho outpost is set to launch later this year. At the shop, you’ll find moody, punk-rock–inspired pieces like super-soft skinny jeans ($175) for ladies, and waxed crewneck T-shirts ($115) for guys.
- 401 W 14th St, (at Ninth Ave)
The first U.S. outpost of this popular U.K.-based shoe store features the brand’s signature decor scheme: a reverse catwalk on the ceiling lined with shoes. As for merch you can actually touch, standouts include suede ankle boots ($149) for ladies and leather brogue styles ($155) for guys.
- 518 Broadway, (at Spring St)
After spending time as a shop-in-shop at Henri Bendel, this popular high-end dress-rental service branched out with its first freestanding store in the Flatiron District. For $25, you can book an appointment and meet with a personal stylist who’ll help you find the perfect designer dress for your next big event. The store features a rotating selection of dresses from more than 200 designers like Opening Ceremony, Vera Wang and Marchesa. Wedding parties can also rent out the shop for the day.
- 16 W 18th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
Just like their first store in Switzerland, Paul and Sophie Yanacopoulos-Gross’s shop in Brooklyn Heights carries the stark, minimalist furniture (like a white-lacquer trestle table, for instance) designed by the couple. But HomeStories also features items like lighting, rugs, baskets, bed linens and glassware—all presented by color (mostly earth tones) instead of function. Like the soothing vibe here? The store plans to offer home-styling services soon.
- 148 Montague St, (between Clinton and Henry Sts)
When it opened in late August 2014, this Soho flagship was the brand’s largest outpost to date. In addition to classic Clarks items (like the Desert boot), the shop also stocks Soho-exclusive Clarks Originals heritage styles and designer collabs, like the recent ones with Orla Kiely (starting at $220).
- 547 Broadway , (between Prince and Spring Sts)
Much like fine wine, the leather and canvas bags (starting at $240) at design store Billykirk get better with age. Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray source materials and goods—like braided belts, hand-stitched clutches and Brooklyn-made ceramic planters—from around the country. And the company’s small leather products are made by in-house artisans and Amish leather crafters. Despite the Americana theme, the brothers eschewed clichéd log-cabin decor and instead opted to display their wares in minimalist displays with a midcentury feel.
- 16A Orchard St, (at Canal St)
Almost 20 years after opening its first location in Scotland, this vintage shop branches out with an East Village outpost. The imported gem features U.K.-sourced (mainly Scottish, natch) vintage finds for men, women and children. The inventory is in constant rotation, but recent standouts include vintage Harris tweed jackets ($150), a selection of dresses from the 1950s and retro Adidas sportswear ($40).
- 331 E 9th St, (betweee First and Second Aves)
Inspired by her mother’s vintage showgirl costumes, Broken English founder Laura Freedman hand picks baubles that strike a balance between high glamour and raw artistry. The store’s flagship in AllSaint’s Soho space carries gems from more than 50 designers, including rustic diamonds by Loriann Stevenson and interlocking bangles by Inez & Vindoodh. Vintage connoisseurs can find French jewelry cases filled with deco jewels and Victorian trinkets.
- 56 Crosby St, (between Spring and Broome Sts)
Seems like the earbuds that come with smartphones and MP3 players never fit: That’s why we’re excited about this Chelsea store. Customers can get fitted (via the Normal smartphone app) for a pair of stylish-yet-high-tech custom-made earphones ($199). 3-D printers produce the buds on-site, so you can wait around at the store’s coffee bar, or have the Normals shipped to you free of charge.
- 150 W 22nd St, (between Sixth and Seventh Sts)
Think of this Park Slope outpost as the more attainable version of its East Village sister store. The shop especially prides itself in the selection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories in a variety of brands (from J.Crew to Chanel) under $50. (Yes, really!) Other designers carried in the shop include Hermés, MCM, Prada, Helmut Lang and more.
- 70 Fifth Ave, (between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave)
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