New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

For this year’s crop of local trendsetters, we took sartorial inspiration from a diverse group of store owners. Read about their New York boutiques here.

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This 2013 group of stylish New Yorkers all have one thing in common, they are store owners. But their aesthetics are as varied as their New York boutiques. Check out Patricia Field’s glamourous East Village emporium, Andrew Clancey’s dapper store for dudes and Claire Distenfeld’s high-end designer mansion.

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Patricia Field

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Marc Williamson, co-owner of JJ Hat Center and Pork Pie Hatters

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Emmy Wildwood, owner of Tiger Blanket Records & Vintage Boutique

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Eloïse Simonet, owner of Ale et Ange

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Claire Distenfeld, owner of Fivestory

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    Any Old Iron

  • New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Windsor Custom

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Condor

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Tucker

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Creatures of Comfort

  • New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Epaulet

  • New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Odd

  • New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Caudalie

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Paracelso

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    New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

    Julius Debruhl Lewis Design Studio Inc.

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

New York boutiques run by Time Out’s most stylish New Yorkers

Patricia Field

Patricia Field 

  • Price band: 2/4
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The iconic redheaded designer and stylist has moved her flamboyant boutique just two doors down into a space that’s nearly double the size, combining Field’s former apartment with a vacated store behind it. The spot is decorated with glittered brick walls and a faux-snake–wrapped pillar. Field’s old bedroom is now a full-service salon offering haircuts for both sexes ($40–$90), color ($60–$150) and makeup applications ($25–$150). Funky ladies’ threads include House of Field neon sleeveless tops ($48), Lazy Oaf fruit-print frocks ($95) and Highest Heel lipstick-heeled pumps ($78). Daring guys will find Keith Haring for House of Field denim shirts ($98) and Joy Rich plaid and star-print button downs ($99). Stock up on whimsical additions such as polka-dot shades ($14), DCI ice-cream-sandwich-shaped iPhone cases ($12) and camera-shaped rings ($18).

  1. 306 Bowery, (between Bleecker and E Houston Sts)
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JJ Hat Center

  • Price band: 2/4
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Trad hats are back in the fashion spotlight, but this venerable shop, in business since 1911, is oblivious to passing trends. Dapper gents sporting the shop’s wares will help you choose from more than 2,000 fedoras, porkpies, caps and other styles on display in the splendid chandelier-illuminated, wood-paneled showroom. Prices start at $35 for a wool-blend cap.

  1. 310 Fifth Ave, (between 31st and 32nd Sts)
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Tiger Blanket Records & Vintage Boutique

  • Price band: 2/4
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As the leading lady in up-and-coming bands Velta and the Stone Lonesome, Emmy Wildwood brings her glam-rock style to her first NYC vintage shop. Operating as both a boutique and a record label, the cozy space is accented with worn leather, cool flannel, flashy gems and a keyboard in the back. The store boasts stageworthy items that fit Wildwood’s bold aesthetic, such as men’s and women’s vintage concert tees ($68–$98), a ’60s motorcycle jacket ($198), a Niteline silk-and-sequined gown ($88) and local designer Katherine Lincoln’s metal jewelry ($125–$285).

  1. 423 Graham Ave, (between Frost and Withers Sts)
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Ale et Ange

  • Price band: 2/4
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Co-owners and designers Osore Oyagha and Eloise Simonet create casual men's and women's threads, producing locally by sourcing in New York and constructing in a midtown factory. Hailing from Nigeria and Jamaica, respectively, the duo use their cultures as inspiration, incorporating colorful, breezy fabrics to create men’s trousers ($195–$425), women’s silk floral tops ($125) and patterned pocket tees ($50–$125). The store also carries European apothecary brands, such as Tallba from Sweden, Luxo Banho from Portugal, Tabiano from Italy and Saltsjo Tval from Sweden ($3–$25); plus, an Ale et Ange line of soap is in the works.

  1. 40 Rivington St, (between Eldridge and Forsyth Sts), 10002
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Fivestory

  • Price band: 3/4
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After becoming frustrated by seeing everyone around her wearing the same garb, New York native Claire Distenfeld left her job as a gallery director to start her own luxury store, where she makes sure you’ll find only one-of-a-kind pieces. She achieves this by stocking just two of each item, and carries exclusive women’s clothing from avant-garde Russian designer Vika Gazinkaya ($1,795–$3,200) and French brand Risto ($395–$595). The third-floor space is meant to be a pop-up preview of the full-blown men’s and women’s boutique that Distenfeld plans to open on the second floor of the townhouse in March. Until then, you’ll find elegant threads from designer Carin Rodjeber, such as hand-beaded shirtdresses ($420) and suede pants with matching blouses ($195 each). Splurge on Cushnie et Ochs wool felt cropped jackets ($1,790) or Chrissie Morris black suede booties ($1,285) with stingray-leather details. Guys can discover dapper pieces such as Bespoken single-button blazers ($995) and a Hype Means Nothing Notorious B.I.G. T-shirts ($95). Nab great gifts, including Seletti white mugs ($38) with colorful handles and Gaia & Gino evil-eye vases ($55). For cold days, check out Fivestory’s house cashmere line featuring cozy men’s and women’s sweaters ($495–$550), scarves ($100–$500) and throw blankets ($1,100).

  1. 18 E 69th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
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Any Old Iron

  • Price band: 2/4
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One trip to British designer and stylist Andrew Clancey’s new music-inspired menswear shop will have you humming Beatles tunes and rethinking your national loyalty. Clancey, who has styled Peaches Geldof and Snow Patrol, has brought his funky fashions—and two Big Ben–size British flags—to the LES, with must-haves like Sgt. Pepper’s–inspired Red Mutha blazers with denim patchwork ($300), London Undercover umbrellas ($74) and A Child of the Yago striped Daz jeans ($310).

  1. 149 Orchard St, (between Rivington and Stanton Sts)
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Windsor Custom

  • Price band: 3/4
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Join the ranks of the elite in this part speakeasy, part subterranean tailor shop, where guys can customize their own suits while playing pool and drinking Scotch. Enter through the Ainsworth, one of NYC's most elegant sports bars, and proceed behind the DJ booth to a man cave dream come true. Pop in your iPod to the speakers and lounge on a leather sofa while browsing through hundreds of swatches of fine Italian and English fabrics to obtain a perfectly customized shirt ($158–$400) and suit ($750–$4,000).

  1. 122 W 26th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10001
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Condor

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shop owner Loriann Smoak has racked up a lot of stamps on her passport (she traveled to 19 countries last year alone!), and now she’s bringing her worldly finds to this Nolita boutique. The bright, white, marble-detailed space is decorated with plants and greenery, and it’s loaded with garb from local and international designers. Eco-friendly silk tanks by Amour Vert come from France ($72), Ghost Dancer beaded bib necklaces are inspired by Native American culture ($178), Juma bird-printed scarves are made in India ($175) and cult photographer Neil Krug’s Pulp Art Book of grainy Polaroid-film photos can decorate coffee tables ($50).

  1. 259 Elizabeth St, (between E Houston and Prince Sts)
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Tucker

  • Price band: 3/4
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After a fire consumed her design studio in July 2011, designer Gaby Basora got back on her feet by scouting this 2,000-square-foot space to house a new studio, showroom and storefront for Tucker, her line of ladylike contemporary women’s clothing ($175–$600). The brand’s first NYC location is designed with a large skylight, tin ceilings and antique furniture reupholstered with textiles from Tucker’s past collections. Simple racks display the whimsical yet demure pieces, done in delicate fabrics such as lace and silk. Slip into feather-print three-quarter-sleeve minidresses ($343), or opt for separates such as high-waisted pants ($324) and classic printed blouses ($276–$294). Adventurous fashionistas can test out the pajamas-as-daywear trend with silk button-downs ($357) and matching drop-waist pants ($242).

  1. 355 West Broadway, (between Broome and Grand Sts)
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Creatures of Comfort

  • Price band: 4/4
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It may be the former home of the 12th police precinct, but the only thing criminal about Jade Lai’s Nolita store would be passing up its hip merch. A spin-off of the five-year-old Los Angeles boutique, Creatures of Comfort has made a name for itself by scouting up-and-coming labels from near and far. Now that it has expanded to the East Coast, you can browse pricey but oh-so-cool statement pieces from avant-garde lines such as MM6 and Zucca, plus bohemian basics from Lai’s Creatures of Comfort in-house collection. Items worth the sticker shock include head-turning Rachel Comey suede studded clogs with ankle straps ($380) and outfit-making Anntian silk mosaic scarves ($270). Don’t forget to sashay on back to the swanky garden patio after your plastic cools off.

  1. 205 Mulberry St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts)
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Epaulet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Mike Kuhle and Adele Berne’s shop smells as good as it looks, thanks to its ample supply of Baxter of California candles and grooming products. And the shop attracts the sort of guy who’s into that—one who’d burn a candle while shaving, then slip into a pair of straight-leg jeans made from Japanese selvedge-denim and a lightweight gingham button-down (designed by the shop’s owners). Other top picks include ties, tie bars, cuff links, hats hand-knit by Berne’s mama, scores of Toms shoes, and dresses, tunics and heels for the ladies.

  1. 231 Smith St, (between Butler and Douglass Sts)
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Odd

  • Price band: 3/4
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Designer Judson Harmon ditched his private showroom to join the burgeoning Lower East Side retail scene, creating a space for avant-garde unisex apparel ($50–$3,200) from his own line and those that reflect his style, such as Skingraft and martinMARTIN. NYC artist Jason Akira Somma’s androgynous mannequin installation takes center stage; its face features a camera that projects images of shoppers onto a video screen. Industrial pipes and black furnishings complement the haute street looks. Snag Skingraft leather pants with removable skirt panels ($868) and Heather Lawton asymmetrical sand-washed silk dresses ($815). Hit the streets in Victor Osborne suede-and-lambskin cadet hats ($180) and Odd Lord of the Rings–inspired terry-cloth coats with mesh overlay ($2,316).

  1. 164 Ludlow St, (between E Houston and Stanton Sts)
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Caudalie

  • Price band: 2/4
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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.

  1. 315 Bleecker St, (at Grove St)
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Paracelso

  • Price band: 2/4
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A Soho staple since 1973, this eclectic boutique brightens up West Broadway with its colorful selection of women's and men's clothing. Owner Luxor Tavella brings her love for all things unique and artsy to the shop in the form of patterned scarves ($29–$300) salvaged from Italian fabrics, and vintage jewelry ($20–$200) found in Afghanistan.

  1. 414 West Broadway, (Prince and Spring Sts), 10012
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Julius Debruhl Lewis Design Studio Inc.

  • Price band: 3/4

With a dizzying collection of textiles ($200–$800), this fabric studio stocks materials—like abstract, plaid and jacquard—for every designer. For those who like their apparel already constructed, the shop also offers clothing ($400–$500) including skirts, jackets and vintage evening gowns.

  1. 247 W 38th St, (between Seventh and Eight Aves), 10018
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