New stores (May 17–23, 2012)

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Block Headwear

  • Price band: 2/4

Local milliner Ciomi McCabe opened this boutique after a brief stint at a smaller location around the corner. The designer hawks handcrafted hats for men and women ($35–$70), as well as her recently launched line of canvas-and-leather handbags ($70–$130). The vintage-esque decor of the shop takes inspiration from old Manhattan as expressed by refurbished artifacts from around the city (shelves salvaged from Soho buildings, old hatmaking machines and head blocks). Hemp fedoras ($60) and color-blocked linen-and-straw newsboy caps ($58) hang on door frames. You’ll also find cotton crochet beanies ($35) and old-timey baseball caps ($35–$50) from casual sister line Blue Marlin.

  1. 89 E Houston St, (between Bowery and Elizabeth Sts)
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Bloom

  • Price band: 3/4

Former fashion executive Kimberly Perrone opens the second location of her floral-design and home-decor shop (the original is on the Upper East Side). Head to the giant back counter for fresh flowers ($40–$685) that come direct from the grower, meaning they’ll last longer than your typical corner-deli blossoms. Choose from hand-tied bouquets ($40), container arrangements ($83–$1,000), potted plants such as Venus flytraps ($90) and oversize glass terrariums ($515) filled with petrified wood, minerals and greenery. Peruse the selection of home accessories, which are housed on floor-to-ceiling shelves, including a one-of-a-kind Grassland brass lamp with an alabaster base ($1,200), Seletti handmade-in-Italy candlesticks ($68–$98) and Seletti sand timers filled with platinum and gold dust ($25–$78).

  1. 255 Murray St , (between North End Ave and West St)
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Bottega Veneta Men

  • Price band: 4/4

This luxe Italian brand opens its first men’s-only U.S. store, joining the label’s flagship and women’s shop in Midtown East. The narrow, 1,660-square-foot space boasts an airy atmosphere, thanks to the accessible back courtyard. While price tags run high here, discerning shoppers will find classic, timeless threads such as cotton polo shirts ($340–$370), dark fitted jeans ($590) and tapered corduroys ($490). Add-ons include silk patterned bow ties ($150), suede moccasins ($550) and matte sunglasses ($540). If you just won the lottery, leather-and-linen dog beds ($1,240) have your name—or at least spoiled Fido’s—all over them.

  1. 23 E 67th St , (at Madison Ave)
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Eco Closet

  • Price band: 2/4

Looking good while being green is top priority at this earth-conscious womenswear boutique. California native Lisa Joseph stocks the space with eco-friendly goods, which are either sustainable, recycled, locally made or fair trade. High tin ceilings give the space a loftlike feel and an exposed brick wall, hardwood floors and steel rolling racks add a rustic, minimalist air. Outfit yourself in Ecoskin tribal-print maxiskirts ($145) and off-the-shoulder tops ($75), or Stewart+Brown extra-long organic-cotton tanks ($75). Amour Vert striped maxidresses ($120) can be topped off with Andean Collection statement necklaces ($90) made of Ecuadoran tagua nuts, Smart Glass rectangular drop earrings ($52) fashioned from recycled sake and beer bottles and Kim White vintage-fabric clutches ($50). Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off any item through May 31.

  1. 230 Grand St, (between Driggs Ave and Roebling St )
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Entrepreneur New York

  • Price band: 3/4

For more than 20 years, Japanese-born Yoshi Nishiyama brought popular U.S. brands back to his home country as a wholesale retailer. He’s switched sides with this venture, stocking hip Japanese labels in his first U.S. store. Oversize crates display apparel next to a kitschy wood swing. While the vast majority of merchandise is for guys, ladies will find a small selection including V::Room cotton pullovers ($150), Miusigny asymmetrical shirts ($187) and Arco Nanan handmade colorful barrettes ($25–$50). InCase metallic iPhone covers ($28) and Leather Island card holders ($35–$45) are unisex standouts. Guys can scoop up Kobu hand-stitched T-shirts ($38), Marshall Artist coated rain jackets ($189) and Graph Zero print cotton shorts ($182).

  1. 29 Kenmare St , (at Elizabeth St )
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IWC

  • Price band: 4/4

Those looking to spend some serious cash on a timepiece should visit this luxury Swiss watch company’s first NYC store. The 3,000-square-foot bi-level space resembles the bachelor pad of a dapper renaissance man. Two fireplace-bedecked dens—one dubbed the Pilot Room, which contains vintage remote-control planes and a working flight simulator (available for $39,000 if you’re feeling adventurous, although you can test it for free), and another called the Portuguese Room, filled with white leather couches and modeled after the interior of a yacht—will keep you entertained while checking out the handcrafted watches ($4,500–$136,000). Invest in classic hand-wound steel chronographs ($10,800–$55,000) or polished military-inspired pilot’s watches ($4,900–$60,000). You’ll also find luxe sunglasses ($500) made in collaboration with military apparel brand Cressi.

  1. 535 Madison Ave, (between 54th and 55th Sts)
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Nicholas Kirkwood

  • Price band: 4/4

This British women’s shoe designer is finally dropping anchor in New York with his first-ever stateside store. Park Avenue princesses and hip downtown gals alike can ogle the architecture-inspired footwear, featured in runway shows by designers such as Prabal Gurung and Erdem. The Vogue Italia–award-winning heels will run you a pretty penny, so be prepared to do some damage. We’ve got our eyes on delicate lace-and-suede booties ($1,165) and satin-and-snakeskin peep-toe pumps ($1,185). Snag wedding-appropriate slingbacks with bow detailing ($895) and basic leather pumps ($795). Our favorite finds, however, are tropical bird-print satin pumps ($695), which make a fab contrast to a little black dress.

  1. 807 Washington St, (between Gansevoort and Horatio Sts)
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Odd

  • Price band: 2/4

Designer Judson Harmon opened this appointment-only shop, showcasing unisex wears, to provide shoppers with a unique, gender-neutral experience. The black and white monochrome threads ($30–$1,500) complement the minimalist decor of white walls peppered with bold black accents. The racks are stocked with unusual streetwear and party frocks from the house label, as well as choice picks from on-the-rise indie designers such as Skingraft, Jordan Klein and Michael Schmidt. Score ODD macabre graphic tanks ($45) emblazoned with bones and crucifixes or Sharon Needles cotton tees ($30) featuring the face of the drag designer herself. Go out in style with Stella Zotis spiked leather gloves ($135) and Costume Dept. cotton asymmetrical dresses ($115).

  1. 241 W 37th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
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Vice Versa

  • Price band: 1/4

L Train Vintage, a company that heads a group of local thrift stores, has opened its sixth location—the fourth in Brooklyn. Unlike the other shops (Vice Versa and Atlantis Attic in Williamsburg, Urban Jungle in Bushwick, and Village Style and No Relation Vintage in Manhattan), located along the L train’s path, this one is rooted closer to the R train. Despite the different setting, the merchandise and decor remain the same, keeping in tune with the minichain’s focus: Garb for men and women sells for as little as $5 (everything tops out at $100). Footwear includes Converse classics ($7–$10), Justin cowboy boots ($25–$75) and Timberland desert lace-ups ($15–$20). Women will find current- and past-season threads and accessories, including a vintage fox-fur cropped coat ($75), Lee denim jackets ($20) and assorted labelless costume jewelry ($5–$25).

  1. 550 Fifth Ave, (between 14th and 15th Sts)
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Wisdom Jewelry & Watches

  • Price band: 2/4

Zoey Tsai honed her business skills managing various shops in the South Street Seaport Mall, and has finally opened a store to call her own, combining her retail experience with her passion for jewelry. The nature-themed boutique features baubles ($10–$500) and watches ($10–$500) for both sexes, displayed on Astroturf-covered tables. Faux greenery, branches, hidden owls and walls painted with life-size trees will leave you feeling like you’re in the wilderness rather than lower Manhattan. Shoppers can snatch up eclectic goods by local indie designers, including Vintage Hanger and Ellements by Nature. Standouts include Geneva vibrant watches ($25–$45) and Vintage Hanger handmade leather-and-cord bracelets ($45). Pricier pieces consist of Kiriku sterling-silver necklaces with skull ($340) or rose ($280) pendants and Bulova stainless-steel timepieces ($150–$400). Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through May 24.

  1. 89 South St, (at Fulton St )
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