New stores (May 10-16, 2012)

Compiled by Lisa Butterworth, Hallie Gould, Laura Lanz-Frolio and Monique Meneses

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  • Junsui sheer cropped blouse, $98, at Boutique 51

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    I.N.I. chunky chain necklace, $98, at Boutique 51

  • Cadet

  • Cadet Varsity jacket, $248

  • Cadet two-tone swim trunks, $108 each

  • Clarks studded-leather open-toe wedges, $100

  • Clarks low-cut leather lace-up desert boots, $135

  • Clarks British flag desert boots, $135

  • Dalaga

  • Photographer: Lindeman

    BB Dakota drawstring print dress, $98, at Dalaga

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    Street Level faux-leather cross-body bag, $65, at Dalaga

  • Dior Homme canvas-and-leather high-top sneakers, $790

  • Portland General Store body products, $16–$68 each, at Holland & Sherry Bespoke

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    O.N.A.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Blank Jeans colorful skinny denim, $88, at O.N.A.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Olive & Oak striped cotton frock, $63, at O.N.A.

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Greylin cutout blouse, $102, at O.N.A.

  • Giulia Rien à Mettre sheath dress, $645, at Safira

  • Superdry women’s contrast-sole brogues, $200

  • Superdry Hawaiian-print board shorts, $80

Junsui sheer cropped blouse, $98, at Boutique 51

Boutique 51

  • Price band: 2/4

Julie Erinc managed vintage shop BrowNY International before opening this small marble-walled, shag-carpeted space that focuses on ultratrendy womenswear from local designers. Erinc, who once designed clothes for major retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie, tracks down made-in-NYC goods, including Junsui sheer cropped blouses ($98), I.N.I. chunky chain necklaces ($98) and MTEAK flounce shorts ($68). You’ll also find unique pieces from out-of-towners, such as Midnight Express military jackets ($250) from Turkey, and Los Angeles label Sauce maxidresses ($98) emblazoned with smiley faces.

  1. 51 Bleecker St, (at Lafayette St)
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Cadet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After working with brands such as Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Club Monaco for 17 years, fit specialist Raul Arevalo—along with business and life partner Brad Schmidt—simultaneously launched this menswear line and shop. The storefront reflects the casual, military-inspired design of the clothes with a large painting of a Civil War general and vintage uniform hats decorating the otherwise sparse, white-walled space. Guys can pick up Cadet’s Brooklyn-made utilitarian items, such as historical graphic tees ($44), plaid button-up shirts ($158) and tuxedo-striped trousers ($158). Cadet offers free alterations on every purchase, ensuring midlength shorts ($128), two-tone swim trunks ($108) and Varsity-esque jackets ($248) fit you as if they were custom made.

  1. 46 North 6th St, (between Kent and Wythe Aves)
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Clarks

  • Price band: 2/4

Sixty years ago, Nathan Clark designed a now-famous—and often imitated—men’s shoe modeled after a style made in Cairo bazaars that became popular with British army officers. Since then, the desert boot has developed a cult following, although Clarks has branched out beyond the iconic make to offer comfortable footwear for men and women in its 250 retail stores nationwide. In this modern boutique (the brand’s second in NYC), you’ll find ladies’ studded-leather open-toe wedges ($100), guys’ British flag desert boots ($135) and low-cut leather lace-up versions ($135) displayed on green nesting tables.

  1. 365 Madison Ave, (at 45th St)
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Dalaga

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Sisters Michelle and Mary Mangiliman expand their feminine Greenpoint boutique with a counterpart in Soho. The 500-square-foot store is half the size of the flagship but stays true to the Victorian boudoir vibe with ornate lighting and vintage furniture. The affordable stock features curated collections from independent local designers, including Alexandra Grecco, the Loved One, and Friend and Nemesis Jewelry. Since new merchandise arrives weekly, you’ll want to be among the first to snap up Street Level faux-leather cross-body bags ($65), Ark & Co. cropped lace tops featuring Peter Pan collars ($80) and Tulle brightly colored raincoats ($68).

  1. 85 Kenmare St, (between Cleveland Pl and Mulberry St)
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Dior Homme pop-up

  • Price band: 4/4

While its sole NYC outpost is closed for renovations through September, this luxury designer’s menswear line has a temporary home. The spacious store mirrors the original, with hardwood floors, brick walls and merchandise displayed on gold-bar shelves. If you’re feeling spendy, invest in a two-button, selvage-collar suit ($4,100) or a long-sleeve button-down featuring a removable leather collar ($710). Wing-tip boots ($1,150), canvas-and-leather high-top sneakers ($790) and aviator-style tortoiseshell-and-black-metal sunglasses ($350) provide the finishing touches for your high-end dapper look.

  1. 133 Greene St, (between W Houston and Prince Sts)
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Holland & Sherry Bespoke

  • Price band: 4/4

This nearly 200-year-old textile brand recently started producing its own line of bespoke menswear ($135–$1,000), accessories ($20–$500) and furniture ($1,638–$10,140), which have already appeared in television and film projects such as Sherlock Holmes and Boardwalk Empire. Now that the British company has opened its first-ever retail store, spiffy dudes in need of customized garb can also get in on the action. On-site tailors provide measurings and fittings for custom creations, which take six to eight weeks to make. While the majority of the merchandise is bespoke, there are also a slew of ready-to-wear garments from brands such as John Smedley, Yola Colòn and Julia B. Plaid couches and vintage lampposts pepper the plush, living room–style shop, where Worth & Worth hats ($115–$857) and ties ($150–$200) are perched on stands, and Gitman Vintage shirts ($210–$250) are carefully hung along the mahogany walls. Treat yourself to Holland & Sherry Collection sterling-silver pig cufflinks ($350), Sandstorm Kenya for Holland & Sherry linen-and-leather weekend bags ($200) and Portland General Store body products ($16–$68).

  1. 209 Elizabeth St, suite b, (between Prince and Spring Sts)
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Mandate of Heaven

When it launched in January 2001, this hip, romantic and unorthodox women’s clothing label was carried in funky boutiques such as Plan B, Frida’s Closet and Patricia Field. Four years later, co-owners Carissa Ackerman and Ariel Chriqui decided to open their own retail space in Williamsburg. Now, its ever-growing following has encouraged another move to a bigger space. Located on the second story of a 1931 townhouse, the store features vintage furniture, wooden tables covered in comic books and four house cats roaming about. Mandate of Heaven comprises two clothing lines: the Mint Collection, fashioned from quirky vintage and recycled materials (century-old antique lace, 1950s fabrics, thrifted men’s polo shirts from the ’90s and recycled scraps from previous creations), and the made-to-order Opiate label, which taps artists to make garments using organic and fair-trade bamboo, hemp and hand-dyed silk. The pieces range from $6 for handmade felt leaf-shaped hair clips to $650 for a one-of-a-kind convertible faux-fur coat. Pick up striped cotton playsuits ($320) and multicolored silk patchwork bustiers ($215) from the Mint Collection, as well as Opiate organic hemp high-waist shorts ($170).

  1. 595 Kosciuszko St, (between Broadway and Malcolm X Blvd)
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Odin Fragrances x Snarkitecture pop-up

Say goodbye to his and her scents with unisex concoctions from this menswear minichain. A collaboration with local architecture-design company Snarkitecture, the temporary space next door to Odin’s East Village location contrasts the dark, minimalist bottles with bright white cast replicas snaking throughout the store and onto the ceiling. You’ll find six different fragrances ($125) and four candles ($65) in scents such as mandarin-grapefruit and ginger-redwood.

  1. 330 E 11th St, (between First and Second Aves)
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O.N.A.

  • Price band: 2/4

Owner Magdalena Jaworska worked as a buyer and manager at Williamsburg shop Otte before opening this contemporary womenswear store, stocked with reasonably priced threads and accessories from indie designers. O.N.A., a play on “she” in Jaworska’s native Polish, features clothing racks made from galvanized pipes, and reclaimed-wood tables and shelves. Top picks include Blank Jeans colorful skinny denim ($88), Olive & Oak striped cotton frocks ($63), Iacoli & McAllister suede necklaces strung with brass beads ($58) and Greylin cutout blouses ($102).

  1. 593A Vanderbilt Ave, (between Bergen and Dean Sts)
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Safira

  • Price band: 3/4

In order to keep up with its jet-set clientele (and appeal to their discerning tastes), the Dream Downtown hotel opened this high-end lobby boutique, filled with clothes and accessories for both sexes that are handpicked by its curator, Amanda Gutierrez. Named for hotelier Vikram Chatwal’s daughter, the shop has a shiny metallic circular entrance, mirrored walls and display drawers brimming with chichi brands from around the globe, including Dea Rosa Italian-made handbags ($800–$1,800), Australian label Camilla caftans ($475–$1,100) and custom-made Melange Couture jewelry ($500–$2,000). Score hard-to-find garb, such as Alexander Nash pin-striped blazers ($950), Giulia Rien à Mettre sheath dresses ($645) and Christy’s Crown men’s fedoras ($25–$75).

  1. 355 W 16th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Superdry

  • Price band: 2/4

This British brand was established in 2003 after founders James Holder and Julian Dunkerton took an inspirational trip to Tokyo and began producing men’s graphic tees. Now offering a full line of clothes and accessories for both sexes, the label fuses Japanese-influenced design, British tailoring and vintage American styling. The international chain’s third NYC store (the others are in Noho and South Street Seaport) is the largest in North America, and features two floors decked out in Americana-inspired mason-jar chandeliers, tables made from patchwork reclaimed wood and a branded photo booth. Highlights for men include plaid button-ups ($84) and Hawaiian-print board shorts ($80). For women, discover animal-print sweaters ($250), striped logo bikinis ($65) and floral-print shorts ($70). The accessory-heavy second level features a large footwear section stocked with guys’ suede wing tips ($225) and ladies’ contrast-sole brogues ($200).

  1. 729 Seventh Ave, (at 49th St)
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Tour Couture

Self-taught Brooklyn designer Nailah Lymus launched her clothing and accessories brand, Amirah Creations (amirahcreations.carbonmade.com), in 2004. She opened this minimalist shop to hawk her own work alongside shoes ($40–$800), jewelry ($15–$100) and beauty products ($10–$75) from other local talents with diverse cultural backgrounds. Each piece is hand-selected by Lymus herself and has roots in exotic locales, including Tibet, Morocco, Japan and India. The 4,000-square-foot boutique features eight large, white display units flanked by 12 mannequins to fully showcase each designer’s work. There’s also an on-site photography studio available for rent ($100 per hour) that includes lighting, hair and makeup equipment. Sift through the racks to discover Ana Segura colorful printed scarves ($30) and house-brand, hand-beaded Indian tunics ($50). Other swoonworthy picks include Sula NYC mineral masks ($25) and Fruit of Desire scented argan oils ($40) made from Moroccan ingredients.

  1. 1083 Broadway, (between Dodworth and Lawton Sts)
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