The best independent shops for bathing suits in NYC
Thu Apr 16 2009
RECOMMENDED: Best shops in NYC
- Critics choice
It’s true that most women are not the same size upstairs as they are down. Malia Mills specializes in mixing and matching tops and bottoms in order to better accommodate this reality. Put together a perfect-fit suit with printed halter tops ($130-$150), solid tankinis ($200), hipster shorts ($135) and skimpy string bottoms ($130).
- 199 Mulberry St, (between Kenmare and Springs Sts)
- Price band: 4/4
A swimwear designer for over 25 years, Keiko Fukuzaki knows what works on a woman’s body, which is probably why her suits ($150 to $500) have graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue multiple times.
- 128 W 23rd St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
This uptown boutique stocks a wide range of styles, including itty-bity Brazilian bikinis ($110-$130), flashy gold cut-out one-pieces ($150), daring leopard-print styles ($148) and tops and bottoms in every color of the rainbow.
- 1136 Third Ave, (between 66th and 67th Sts)
This cozy boutique is a one-stop shop for hip dresses, seductive lingerie and a plethora of stylish swimsuits. You’ll find trendy bikinis, such as Melissa Odabash underwire bikini sets ($175) and Via Bia bikini sets ($175).
- 223 E 10th St, (between First and Second Aves)
- Price band: 4/4
This multistory megashop is home to Kamali’s iconic threads, but don’t overlook the glamorous bathing suits that will last for years. Invest in a retro ruched one-piece ($350), or a halter wrap top ($195).
- 11 W 56th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
Since 1979, this shop has served up an incredible selection of American, European and South American swimwear from the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Tibi, Gottex and more. Standout styles include Trina Turk Morraccan bikinis ($172), Badgley Mischka bandeau one-pieces ($98) and La Perla retro styles ($195).
- 244 E 60th St (at Second Ave) 212-980-1901, pescaboutique.com