New stores (November 29–December 5, 2012)
Mon Nov 26 2012
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Uncommon for Dannijo Hixson iPhone 5 case, $98, at Dannijo pop-up
Dannijo Vala necklace, $420
Ray-Ban sunglasses, $160, at Friends Vintage
Horses Cut Shop T-shirt, $39
Photograph: Dane Tashima
Wood-handled whisks, $8, at West Elm Market
- Critics choice
Natural skin-care creators Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas opened their first store since starting their business in Bordeaux, France in 1995. The shop’s decor takes inspiration from its French roots, with potted grapevines, farmhouse windows and a beauty bar that resembles a large wooden-barrel bath. Those in a hurry can stop by sans appointment for a free ten-minute facial or a one-on-one consultation to create a customizable exfoliator ($20) made out of different parts of the grape plant. You’ll find decadent products such as the crushed cabernet scrub ($29), which combines grape seed with herbs and essential oils, anti-wrinkle serums ($44–$150) and nourishing moisturizers ($25–$45). One percent of sales are donated to One Percent for the Planet (onepercentfortheplanet.org), an organization dedicated to environmental protection. (212-308-3552, caudalie.com). Daily 11am–8pm.
- 315 Bleecker St, (at Grove St)
- Price band: 3/4
You can usually only buy this bold jewelry brand from sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder in shops such as Henri Bendel and Intermix, but this temporary shop allows you to drool over the entire collection under one roof: necklaces ($195–$1,375), earrings ($150–$495), bracelets ($50–$645) and rings ($95–$395), as well as vintage jewelry ($100–$1,000) and clothing ($200–$1,500). The centerpiece of the store is a sparkling oversize chandelier showcasing the sisters’ signature bib necklaces, including exclusive styles like a heavy-metal gold-plated version ($645). Peep something a little more delicate with rectangular-cut Swarovski crystal earrings ($420), silver-plated Swarovski crystal cuffs ($270) and spiked rings ($170). (646-476-3719, dannijo.com). Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 11am–6pm. Through Dec 31.
- 27 Prince St, (between Elizabeth and Mott Sts)
- Critics choice
Brooklyn designer Mary Meyer and her best friend Emma Joe opened this brick-and-mortar version of their popular Etsy shop (etsy.com), attaching it to Meyer’s own clothing store. The ladies hawk affordable women’s and men’s vintage and gently used new clothing ($20–$70) and accessories ($12–$160). Look for one-of-a-kind pieces (mostly from the ’80s and ’90s) such as a VYNO Pat 1960s raincoat ($62), Steve Madden platform leather boots ($69), a men’s Bushwacker button-up shirt ($42) and vintage Ray-Bans ($160). (718-386-6279, friendsvintagenyc.etsy.com). Daily noon–8:30pm.
- 56 Bogart St, (at Harrison Pl)
The four-year-old Seattle T-shirt brand’s first NYC store, inside Nordstrom-owned boutique Treasure&Bond, features North Carolina–made unisex T-shirts ($39 each). Ex-advertising exec Gabe Johnson curated the collection, with each shirt featuring the logo of a small business from around the country (such as Brooklyn store Bespoke Bicycles or Horses Cut Shop itself) and a tag explaining the story of the company. Know that you’re shopping local: a portion of the proceeds goes to the store whose logo you’re wearing. The 500-square-foot shop resembles an eclectic motel, with buyable decor items like a queen-size bed made from a 1965 Ford pickup ($16,500), a buffalo-head chandelier ($14,500) and a coffee table complete with prints of chaotic motel scenes ($8,000). Grab add-ons such as Horses Cut Shop trucker caps ($28) and beanies ($28). (646-669-9049, horsescutshop.com). Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 11am–7pm. Through Dec 26.
- 350 West Broadway, (between Broome and Grand Sts)
Southern belle–turned skin-care guru Sarah Swanson opened her first NYC spa and shop. The space oozes zen, with motivational quotes on the walls and leather armchairs throughout the black-and-white waiting room. Save up for a facial rejuvenation treatment ($395), featuring a deep-cleansing milk rinse, a microdermabrasion and a chemical peel. Splurge on a detoxifying body wrap or VelaShape treatments (five for $2,200), said to shed stubborn pounds around the abdomen and legs. For a more affordable option, try a facial peel ($185) to smooth out discoloration and wrinkles. Be sure to check out the at-home treatments, including strawberry-oil-and-jojoba-bead facial scrubs (2oz, $36), natural oatmeal soaps ($14) and soy candles ($20) to drip onto damaged cuticles and sore heels.(212-249-7546, sarahswanson.com). Daily 9am–8pm.
- 635 Madison Ave, (between 59th and 60th Sts)
The home goods and furniture chain opened its first accessories-only shop in NYC, primarily stocked with kitchen and garden products. The store has an open warehouse vibe with red hues popping among rustic wood accents and oversize ceiling piping. Items are sectioned off by necessity or chore: bamboo hampers ($39–$59) in the laundry section, seeds ($3–$15) and herb growing kits ($24) for outdoor needs and wood-handled whisks ($8) for cooking. Look for collabs with NYC labels, such as open stock knives ($10–$20) from Schmidt Brothers Cutlery and sauce pans ($259) from Brooklyn Copper Cookware. (718-522-3498, westelm.com). Mon–Sat 7am–8pm, Sun 9am–7pm.
- 50 Washington St, (between Front and Water Sts)