New stores (January 31–February 6, 2013)

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  • Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

    The Aksel Project

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    Aksel Paris striped socks, $14, at The Aksel Project

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    Aksel Paris gingham button-up shirt, $135

  • Federico Hair & Spa at the Benjamin

  • Joie

  • Joie Bardeaux floral-print dress, $374

  • Joie medallion-print silk smoking slippers, $175

  • Joie Modine matte-silk pinstripe top, $258

  • Photograph: Doug Jaeger

    Marvis toothpaste, $7 each, at JnrlStr

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    JnrlStr neon cloth extension cord, $24

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    New York City Viewmaster reel, $44, at JnrlStr

  • Mosaic Lamps

  • Procell

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    Deadstock Bart Simpson garment bag, $88, at Procell

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    Versace embroidered baseball hat, $228, at Procell

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    Limited-edition Wu-Tang concert tee, $200, at Procell

  • Vince Camuto

  • Vince Camuto gold heels, $98

  • Vince Camuto studded clutch, $148

  • Vince Camuto men’s gold-face watch, $189

Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

The Aksel Project

The Aksel Project

  • Price band: 3/4

French designer Yazid Aksas opens his first brick-and-mortar shop, selling European-style dress shirts ($115–$155) and bespoke suits ($1,000–$1,600) with a bold twist. The narrow store has a wavy installation by architect Gregory Okshteyn (studiosgo.com) and a wall painted every few months with a different mural by new artists. Threads are no less exciting, with ready-made shirts designed in Paris featuring details such as contrasting collars, colored stitching, noncircular buttons and floral-patterned cuffs. Guys can also design a custom, full-canvassed suit using Holland & Sherry fabrics, which you’ll have in four to five weeks following three fittings. Finish your dressy look with a tailor-made shirt ($100–$300) that allows you to choose the collar, cuffs, buttons and hem details. For every top purchased in the store, a child in Africa receives a locally made school uniform through Aksel’s partnership with nonprofit group CommonThreadz (commonthreadz.org), which helps children in developing nations. (888-992-5735, akselparis.com). Mon–Sat 11am–8pm, Sun 11am–7pm.

  1. 311 West Broadway, (between Canal and Grand Sts), 10013
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Federico Hair & Spa at the Benjamin

  • Price band: 2/4

Milanese hairstylist Federico Calce made a name for himself in the ’80s, when he served as the artistic director of Bergdorf Goodman Salon, and has since tended to the tresses of celebrities (Eva Longoria, Betsey Johnson and Alec Baldwin, to name a few), runway models and Saudi Arabian royalty. In addition to running his original namesake salon in Midtown East, Calce offers a mobile beauty service called Federico Salon Direct, which dispatches hair and makeup artists to NYC hotel rooms 24/7. The latter endeavor led him to open this smaller, 1,000-square-foot salon inside the Benjamin Hotel, taking over the old-world-style lodging’s former spa. A full battery of hair services, including cuts ($80–$200), blowouts ($55–$85), highlights (half head $180–$240, full head $250–$350), straightening ($250–$300) and deep-conditioning treatments ($75–$175), take place at six white-lacquered stations, while two private rooms are reserved for waxing ($20–$75), facials ($150–$175) and massages ($80–$350). There’s also a nail-care nook for manicures (regular $25, French $45) and pedicures (regular $45, French $65) using classic OPI and Essie polishes, although multitaskers can opt to have their mani and locks simultaneously done chairside. Since many of Calce’s clients hail from sunny locales, his house-line of products, Fa’Briq, features UV protection in items such as Volumizer Root Lifter spray ($24), Lustrous Hair serum ($18) and Moulding Mud pomade ($18). (212-207-4400, thebenjamin.com/salon). Daily 7am–7pm, by appointment only.

  1. 125 E 50th St, third floor, (at Lexington Ave), 10022
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Joie

  • Price band: 3/4

California-casual threads join the high-end shops of the Meatpacking District with this brand’s third Manhattan store (the others are in Soho and on the Upper East Side). The decor evokes a beachy, laid-back vibe, with light-wood floors and cream walls. Colorful pieces stand out, including floral silk-and-spandex frocks ($374), striped silk blouses ($258) and vibrant printed flats ($175). The store also carries two bohemian jewelry brands to complete your look: Add on Hortense rose-gold chain bracelets ($295) or Dream Collective boho cuffs ($195). (212-897-1878, joie.com). Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 11am–7pm; Thu 11am–8pm; Sun noon–6pm.

  1. 429 W 14th St, (between Ninth Ave and Washington St), 10014
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JnrlStr

Pronounced “general store,” this petite shop was started by couple Kristin Sloan and Doug Jaeger, who have been running a branding and design firm, JaegerSloan (jaegersloan.com), out of the space since 2011. They’ve transformed the front half of the office into a mini museum, displaying new and vintage everyday objects for sale on shiny white shelves. Sloan and Jaeger source meticulously designed items from around the world that match a monthly rotating color scheme. Current finds include beautifully packaged Marvis toothpaste ($7), Yoshii absorbent Japanese towels ($22–$54) and neon cloth extension cords ($24–$34) made in-house. Vintage pieces include a 1969 Valentine typewriter ($620), Viewmaster toys from the ’70s and ’80s ($55 each) and a sleek Braun kitchen scale ($77). (212-729-1655, jnrlstr.com). Tue, Wed, Sun 1–8pm; Thu–Sat 1–11pm.

  1. 55 Clinton St, (between Rivington and Stanton Sts), 10002
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Mosaic Lamps

  • Price band: 2/4

For one-of-a-kind, handmade lighting ($4–$1,500) imported directly from Istanbul, visit Melissa Benovic and fiancé Ilker Arslan’s first NYC store. The couple was inspired by the lamp shops in the Grand Bazaar—a giant market in Turkey with more than 3,000 vendors. Aiming to re-create that experience, they’ve filled the brick-walled space to the brim with lamps of all different colors and sizes. Nab 26-inch multicolored floor lights ($179) for your pad, or 14-inch beaded desk styles ($55) to spruce up your office. Hanging mosaic candle holders ($34) and Bohemian crystal lamps ($54) make for unique, affordable gifts. (212-228-1964, mosaiclampsnyc.com). Tue–Sun noon–8pm.

  1. 208 E 6th St, (between Bowery and Second Ave), 10003
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Procell

  • Price band: 3/4

Artist and fashion aficionado Brian Procell worked in gallery production and design consultation for the past ten years, and simultaneously searched for rare vintage sportswear from flea markets and vendors around the world. To showcase his findings, he opened this all-white space for men’s and women’s threads from the ’80s and ’90s. Discover both pop-culture and high-fashion items, such as deadstock Bart Simpson garment bags ($88), a Versace embroidered baseball hat ($228) and a Polo Ralph Lauren denim button-up ($148). Check out limited-edition concert tees ($200 each) from Wu-Tang Clan, Madonna and Minor Threat. (212-226-2315, brianprocell.com). Mon–Thu by appointment, Fri–Sun noon–7pm.

  1. 5 Delancey St, (at Bowery), 10002
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Vince Camuto

  • Price band: 3/4

This footwear giant opens a third New York location (the others are in Soho and Midtown East) for its trendy men’s and women’s clothing ($68–$398) and shoes ($39–$495). The futuristic space is adorned with colorful geometric couches. Light boxes on mirrored shelves hold aviator sunglasses ($65–$75), while wood cubbies display leather purses, including neon cross-body bags ($228) and two-tone snakeskin carryalls ($198). A neon LED light shines above a glass case, housing rose-gold watches ($175–$320), and bangles that are studded ($80) and encrusted with Swarovski crystals ($120). Ladies can update their wardrobes with wool blazers ($179), leather vests ($230) and beaded flapper dresses ($168), and accessorize with metallic pumps ($98), suede buckle boots ($179) and quilted high-top kicks ($149). Guys can pick up gold and stainless-steel watches ($150–$350), classic suede loafers ($189) and leather boat shoes ($189). (212-239-9271, vincecamuto.com). Mon–Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 11am–8pm.

  1. 30 W 34th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10016
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