New stores (July 4–10, 2013)

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Alexandre Herchovitch x Chilli Beans aviators, $58, at Chilli Beans

Chilli Beans

  • Price band: 2/4

Launched in 1998 by designer Caito Maia, this Brazilian accessories brand expands to New York City with its first stand-alone store. Although the retail space is a small kiosk inside Grand Central Terminal, its fully stocked with the label’s signature edgy prescription specs ($68), shades ($39–$69) and watches ($49–$79) for both sexes, including special designer collaboration styles. Chilli Beans’s commitment to staying current means products are updated constantly; each week, ten new styles are added to the roster. Look for colorful square varieties ($58) and oversize cat-eyes ($68) from the house line. Traditionalists will like Chilli Beans's unisex collection of faded-lens aviators ($58) and tortoiseshell looks ($58). Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves (323-653-0070, chillibeans.com). Mon–Sat 8am–8pm.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, (between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves)
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Curve

  • Price band: 4/4

Owner Nevena Borissova moves her upscale boutique to this expanded Noho space. Industrial lighting, high ceilings and a simple layout lets fashion-forward threads ($150–$5,000) from brands such as Mugler and Viktor & Rolf stand out. You’ll also find luxe handbags ($400–$3,000), jewelry ($400–$15,000), shoes ($300–$2,000) and scarves ($400–$4,000). Highlights include women’s Acne cropped moto jackets ($1,450), Elene Ghisellini spotted handbags ($1,500), Balmain beaded dresses ($12,915) and Ellery floral skirts ($594). 57 Bond St at Bowery (212-966-3626, shopcurve.com). Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.

  1. 57 Bond St, (at Bowery)
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Kirna Zabete

  • Price band: 3/4

The beloved high-end boutique is now bigger and better than ever, thanks to this 10,000-square-foot space just one block from its former Soho location. Founders and longtime friends Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley offer an edited collection of the most coveted designer ready-to-wear clothing ($80–$5,785) and accessories ($50–$5,200). Staying true to their aesthetic, the space features black-and-white striped hardwood floors with fuchsia Corinthian columns alongside neon signs displaying quirky mantras such as LIFE IS SHORT, BUY THE SHOES. Ladies will be pleased to find a selection of more than 25 labels that are new to the store, including Valentino, Nina Ricci and Roland Mouret. Check out Thakoon Addition floral-print dresses ($230), 3.1 Phillip Lim leopard-print skirts ($158) and Christopher Kane graphic tees ($230). Accessorize with Nessa Ayzee Kay rubber bracelets ($196), Victoria Beckham mini totes ($2,450) and Charlotte Olympia Eiffel Tower–adorned sandals ($398). 477 Broome St between Greene and Wooster Sts (212-941-9656, kirnazabete.com). Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.

  1. 477 Broome St, (between Greene and Wooster Sts)
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m.a.e. Vintage and Luxury Consignment

  • Price band: 2/4

Those seeking a vintage look with designer labels should head to this chichi shop. The 700-square-foot boutique offers more selling space than its previous location, just a few doors down. Owner Marci Dixon, who opened the original store in 2009, uses her years of retail experience to score clothing ($10–$600) and accessories ($10–$1,000) from the ’60s through ’90s. Those looking to unload gently worn past-season duds will get 35 percent of the retail value via check or 45 percent in store credit once an item sells. We recently discovered a Dolce & Gabbana velvet jacket ($250), a Betsey Johnson lace dress ($50) and a Furla leather handbag ($185). The shoe wall, stretching from the entrance to the two fitting rooms in the back, will have you drooling over Balenciaga python pumps ($325) and Chloé cork wedges ($265). 461 Seventh Ave between 16th St and Windsor Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-788-7070, buymae.com). Tue–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.

  1. 461 Seventh Ave, (between 16th St and Windsor Pl)
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O&M NYC

  • Price band: 3/4

Australian hair-care brand Original & Mineral opens its first U.S. salon for cuts (men $90, women $140), color ($90–$305) and blowouts ($45). The company was started by hairstylists Jose Bryce Smith and Alan Buki, who were tired of getting hand irritations from chemical color. All of the house-label products are almost 100 percent natural—preservatives being the necessary 1 percent—and are free of ammonia, resorcinol and PPD, making them gentle on the hair and scalp. The industrial space features two washing stations, three cutting chairs and a communal wood table for socializing while your color sets. Watch vintage movies projected on a wall and catch up on international fashion magazines such as Muse, Love and Fantastic Man while sipping gratis fruit-infused water or prosecco. You’ll even get a quick complimentary hand massage and exfoliation using Aesop products. Take home salon-brand loot, including detoxifying shampoo ($31), vitamin-rich conditioner ($32) and texturizing spray ($24). 55 Little W 12th St between Tenth Ave and Washington St (212-255-2445). Tue–Sat 11am–8pm.

  1. 55 Little W 12th St, (between Tenth Ave and Washington St)
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