New stores and salons (September 16--22)



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  • Simon Spurr black pants, $275, at Building Fashion at HL23

  • Simon Spurr leather jacket, $2,995, at Building Fashion at HL23

  • CH Carolina Herrera suede peep-toe lace-up booties, $590

  • CH Carolina Herrera camel tweed skirt, $330

  • Lauren Manoogian aluminum-and-leather necklace, $250, at Creatures of Comfort

  • Rachel Comey suede studded clogs with ankle straps, $380, at Creatures of Comfort

  • Fanaberie

  • Jibri short-sleeved dress with peplum skirt, $200, at Pop Up Plus

  • Scotch & Soda

  • Scotch & Soda leather jacket, $469

  • Scotch & Soda V-neck sweater, $78

  • Wendy Nichol

  • Wendy Nichol cheetah-print calfskin satchel, $600

  • Wendy Nichol camo-print washed tote, $595

  • Wendy Nichol leather belt bag, $400

Simon Spurr black pants, $275, at Building Fashion at HL23

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Designer Marc Jacobs’s West Village empire continues to expand with the opening of this high-fashion bookstore, which has replaced the beloved Biography Book Shop. Though Biography’s blond-wood shelving remains, its memoirs have been replaced with coffee-table tomes, such as House of Versace ($26), artist Dawn Mellor’s namesake book depicting nightmarish renditions of pop icons ($35), and shutterbug Mario Testino’s photographic ode to muse Kate Moss ($700). It’s not all glossy photos, though: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ($25) leans against a dishy book about Hollywood scandals ($25). There’s also Marc Jacobs--branded souvenirs galore, including condoms packaged in matchbooks ($2), broken-heart compacts ($5), USB cassette tapes ($15), lipstick-shaped pens ($4) and canvas Bookmarc totes emblazoned with a pixelated lightbulb ($20)—perhaps the only MJ handbag that falls within your budget. 400 Bleecker St at W 11th St (212-620-4021, Daily noon--10pm.

Building Fashion at HL23
Six months ago, the sleek converted trailer known as the Tin at HL23 was used to house the luxury condo building’s sales offices. Now, thanks to the brainstorm of a group of architects, the space has been transformed into a rotating pop-up that will showcase the work of five young designers for ten days apiece. First up is English-bred Simon Spurr, who will sell his Fall 2010 menswear collection in an elegant, white-paneled space designed by architecture firm Collective. Even if you can’t afford Spurr’s signature pieces, including slim-cut three-piece wool mohair suits ($2,795), buttery leather jackets ($2,995) and wool-and-mohair double-breasted peak-lapel jackets ($2,095), seeing the intersection of high design and high fashion is worth a stop alone. Keep your eyes peeled for future architect-designer collaborations in the space, including Heather Huey’s accessories shop outfitted by Urban A&O on September 23. 504 W 24th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves ( Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--6pm. Through Nov 15.

CH Carolina Herrera
Venezuelan-born Carolina Herrera is best known for pairing structured menswear with dramatic floor-length satin, and her effortlessly chic styles and clean tailoring get a second Madison Avenue home (her eponymous label has its own store a few blocks north) at the flagship of CH Carolina Herrera, the designer’s lower-priced lifestyle brand for men, women and children. Designed with her daughter, Carolina Herrera Baez, the line’s modern staples, such as camel tweed skirts ($330) and suede peep-toe lace-up booties ($590) are both timeless and built to last. Dudes can get dapper in heirloom-quality silk ties ($160) while everyone can take shelter from stormy days under sturdy CH-printed umbrellas ($240). 802 Madison Ave between 67th and 68th Sts (212-744-2076, Mon--Wed 10am--6pm, Thu 10am--8pm, Fri--Sat 10am--6pm.

Creatures of Comfort
It may be the former home of the 12th police precinct, but the only thing criminal about Jade Lai’s Nolita store would be passing up its hip merch. A spin-off of the five-year-old Los Angeles boutique, Creatures of Comfort has made a name for itself by scouting up-and-coming labels from near and far. Now that it has expanded to the East Coast, you can browse pricey but oh-so-cool statement pieces from avant-garde lines such as MM6 and Zucca, plus bohemian basics from Lai’s Creatures of Comfort in-house collection. Items worth the sticker shock include head-turning Rachel Comey suede studded clogs with ankle straps ($380) and outfit-making Anntian silk mosaic scarves ($270). Don’t forget to sashay on back to the swanky garden patio after your plastic cools off. 205 Mulberry St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (212-925-1005, Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--7pm.

For dresses under $100 and accessories to match, this Greenpoint boutique is a bargain hunter’s dream come true. Vintage furniture and glimmering chandeliers accent the store’s selection of day-to-night dresses ($39--$69), hip handbags ($45--$189) and sparkling jewelry ($10--$89) that cater to the young budget-conscious set. After working in retail for a slew of small clothing and jewelry designers, owner Ella Sikorski took her style sense to Brooklyn, where she’s filling her shop with trendy labels like BB Dakota and Cheap Monday. For the good-girl-gone-slightly-bad style, look for Urban Behavior faux leather jackets ($69) and Rene C. sweater dresses ($55) with removable white-studded belts. Since no ensemble is complete without a killer bag, Fanaberie carries alternatives to super-expensive designer purses, such as Jesslyn Blake totes featuring petals of leather accentuated with gold studs ($59) and carryalls ($169) that have braided handles and fringe detail. 102A Nassau Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-987-3929, Mon--Fri 10:30am--8pm, Sat 10am--7pm, Sun noon--5pm.

Marmalade Vintage and Girls Love Shoes pop-up shop
Both Hannah Kurland, owner of Marmalade Vintage, and Zia Ziprin, owner of Girls Love Shoes, sadly had to shut down their downtown vintage boutiques, leaving many New York fashionistas without access to their well-edited wares. Good news: Now through the end of the year, you can shop from Ziprin and Kurland’s archives for preloved threads, accessories and, of course, footwear from designers like Thierry Mugler and Sonia Rykiel. Scoop up a pair of Azzedine Alaa bronze pumps ($124), an Issey Miyake pleated tunic ($225) and a pair of handcrafted brass earrings from the ’80s ($65). 174 Mott at Broome St (212-473-8070). Daily 1--7pm. Sept 16--Jan 15.

Olde Good Things
Upper West Siders may already be familiar with the eclectic mirrors that Olde Good Things lugs to the GreenFlea each weekend. Now you no longer have to wait for Sunday to roll around to scoop up OGT’s altered antiques: The minichain, which is owned by the nondenominational Church of Bible Understanding, has opened up its third New York location (the other two are in Chelsea and Union Square). Many items in the shop come from old building or factory parts that have been refurbished in the company’s Scranton, Pennsylvania, warehouse, such as an end table made from giant factory gear parts ($350) we recently spotted. There are also smaller salvaged items, including silver canisters that originally served as pharmaceutical bottles ($85 each) and decorative painted tin ceiling pieces ($35), which add major decorative impact for minimal cash. 450 Columbus Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts (212-362-8025, Daily 11am--7pm.

Pop Up Plus
Curvy girls know the deal: Despite the fact that there are throngs of fashionable plus-size women eager to shop, the selection in stores is grim. Tired of searching online, Cam Newman started organizing clothing exchange parties for fuller-figured friends. The concept quickly outgrew NYC-size apartments, leading Newman to draw upon her ten years of retail experience and open this pop-up dedicated to sizes 12 to 24. For ten days, shoppers can browse through plus-size threads ($40--$250) from both high-end and emerging designers. Highlights include Calvin Klein gray twill trench coats ($95), sophisticated Ralph Lauren wool dresses ($120), Michael Kors cropped belted jackets ($110) and short-sleeved dresses with peplum skirts from indie designer Jibri ($200). Toast to good fashion for larger sizes on Friday 17 (6--9pm) with complimentary cocktails and the chance to win a pair of Miracle Body jeans. Metropolitan Ave at North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (646-379-7604). Daily noon--9pm, Sept 16--26.

Scotch & Soda
Guys with a penchant for preppy-with-an-edge basics will be thrilled to hear that this Amsterdam men’s clothier has just opened its first store on American soil. In the space taking over the former Soho home of Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy shirts have (thankfully) been replaced with simple menswear boasting jazzy details: Slim-cut blazers ($235) feature patterned fabric under the collar and inside the sleeves for decorative popping and rolling, collared shirts ($125) have fanciful buttons and embroidered Scotch & Soda badges above the chest pockets, and roomy plaid pants ($103) look and feel like pajamas but are actually designed for street wear. In addition to the staples you’ll find like dark-wash jeans ($155--$169), V-neck sweaters ($78) and leather jackets ($469), look for kitschy cotton T-shirts ($56) emblazoned with slogans like DON’T WASTE WATER, SHOWER WITH A FRIEND. One-third of the shop features Scotch & Soda’s newly launched women’s collection, which includes pinstripe button-downs ($109), solid knit henleys ($63) and striped cashmere cardigans ($125) that give J.Crew a run for its money. 273 Lafayette St at Prince St (212-966-3300, Mon--Sat 11am--8pm, Sun noon--7pm.

Wendy Nichol
We go weak in the knees for local jewelry and handbag designer Wendy Nichol’s edgy, downtown-chic creations. Now that she’s opened this intimate 400-square-foot studio and store, we can get our accessories fix and an education on how the items are made: Shoppers can watch the designer work behind a teak-wood desk as she paints leather and braids and cuts her handmade pieces. Some of Nichol’s sustainable handbags are made from organic materials that are free from dyes and chemical treatments, but you’d never know by looking at her so-right-now cheetah-print calfskin satchels ($600), camo-print washed totes ($595) and leather belt bags ($400) with tasseled adornments that can be removed and worn as a bracelet. Dress up your ears with classic silver pyramid stud earrings (single $35, pair $70) that are sold separately so you can mix and match with spike cone studs (single $43, pair $85) for an eclectic vibe. 147 Sullivan St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-431-4171, Daily noon--6pm.

Compiled by Kim Anderson, Lisa Butterworth, Leah Faye Cooper, Ashley Hoffman, Aria Hughes, Laura Lanz-Frolio, Francesca Soroka, Celeste Kaufman, Emily Roitman and Kate Winick. Got store news? E-mail us at

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