New York's most stylish shops

The well-heeled crowd flocks to these hip boutiques

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Aedes de Venustas

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You’ll be transported to Paris once you step inside this opulent bath-and-body shop. Rich burgundy carpets, gilded wallpaper, a gloriously huge chandelier and a mahogany desk that serves as the checkout area set the stage for the luxurious fragrances ($50–$300), candles ($20–$400), lotions, and soaps from brands like Diptyque and Annick Goutal. Curiosity cabinets house many of the store’s exclusives—the West Village outpost is the only location in the country to sell several items, including candles by Les Secrets Ladurée Paris.

  1. 9 Christopher St, (at Sixth Ave)
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Fabulous Fanny's

  • Price band: 4/4
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Whether you’re channeling Brigitte Bardot or Benjamin Franklin, there’s a pair of sunnies to fit your mood at this treasure trove, which carries more than 40,000 vintage specs unearthed at flea markets and from opticians’ dead stock ($40 to $3,000). Chests of drawers display antique frames dating as far back as the late 1800s, and are organized by style and era. If those pince-nez or aviator sunglasses are looking a bit too dated for your taste, the staff will happily reshape or bejewel them with Swarovski crystals. Fanny’s also vends such vintage items as ladies’ pillbox hats and suspenders for lads looking to channel the 1940s (or maybe just Larry King).

  1. 335 E 9th St (between First and Second Aves)
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Kiosk

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Don’t be put off by the unprepossessing, graffiti-covered stairway that leads up to this gem of a shop. Alisa Grifo has collected an array of inexpensive items—mostly simple and functional but with a strong design aesthetic —from around the world, such as hairpins in a cool retro box from Mexico, Finnish licorice, colorful net bags from Germany and a butterfly can-opener from Japan.

  1. 95 Spring St, (between Broadway and Mercer St, second floor)
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Pearl River Mart

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You could spend hours wandering around this three-floor hodgepodge warehouse of home goods, clothing and random trinkets you desperately want but probably don’t need. There’s a wide selection of decorated ceramic dishware, such as tea sets of four ($57), owl-shaped salt and pepper shakers ($11), and vases of every color and shape ($57). Other highlights include a unique lighting department, where you can choose from takeout-container-shaped lamps ($19), square rice-paper lanterns ($36) and strings of rattan-wire party lights ($23).

  1. 477 Broadway (between Broome and Grand Sts)
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Printed Matter

  • Price band: 2/4

This nonprofit organization, which operates a public reading room as well as a shop, is exclusively devoted to artists’ books—from David Shrigley’s deceptively naive illustrations to provocative photographic self-portraits by Matthias Herrmann. Works by unknown and emerging artists share shelf space with those of veterans such as Yoko Ono and Edward Ruscha.

  1. 195 Tenth Ave (at 22nd St)
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Nathalie Merrien
Nathalie Merrien

Pearl River Mart is really great; I visit them whenever I'm in New York. The ideal place to find a present for small occasions. The china items (blue and white) are beautiful.