Best indie shops: Meatpacking District

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    Adam

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    Adam

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    Banchet Flowers

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    Banchet Flowers

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    Banchet Flowers

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    Charles Nolan

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    Charles Nolan

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    Charles Nolan

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    Charles Nolan

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    Generra

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    Generra

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    Generra

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    Jean Shop

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    Jean Shop

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    Jean Shop

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    Jean Shop

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    Kimberly Taylor

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    Kimberly Taylor

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    NY Artificial & NYA

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    NY Artificial & NYA

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    NY Artificial & NYA

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    The Standard Shop

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    The Standard Shop

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    Yoyamart

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    Yoyamart

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    Zadig & Voltaire

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    Zadig & Voltaire

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Adam

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Former Oscar de la Renta creative director Adam Lippes founded his own line in 2004, beginning with cotton basics. He's since branched out to men's and women's sportswear, and you'll find the full line of chic, versatile clothing behind the black brick facade of this spacious Meatpacking flagship. Dudes will drool over cashmere sweaters ($295--$550) and chunky cable-knit styles ($435), which can be worn over crisp cotton button-downs ($200) with fitted jeans ($250--$295). Gals will go gaga for drapey Bohemian gowns ($345), cowl-neck sweater dresses ($395) and flirty party frocks ($295--$1,495). Though such pieces are an investment to be sure, both sexes can indulge in buttery-soft Peruvian pima cotton tees ($45--$65) and still have cash to spare on cocktails at a nearby megaclub. Bring any basics to life with embroidered bib necklaces ($295) from Lippes's own line or delicate designs from Aurelie Bidermann ($75--$220), featuring liberty-print cotton fabric and mother-of-pearl charms. Since nearly everything on display is for sale—from Areaware's Harry Allen--designed piggy banks ($95--$195) to a midcentury oak wood daybed ($19,000)—temptations abound, so you might want to leave your plastic at home. 678 Hudson St between 13th and 14th Sts (212-229-2838, shopadam.com). Mon--Wed 11am--7pm; Thu 11am--8pm; Fri, Sat 11am--7pm; Sun noon--6pm.

Banchet Flowers
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows invite passersby to stop and smell the roses at this upscale florist, which has been creating artisanal arrangements since 2001. Using the rarest and most unique stems on the market from Holland, Thailand, China and Ecuador, Banchet's artful bouquets are all made-to-order, placed in signature square glass or Baccarat crystal vases and not for those with thin wallets—a single blossom could cost you $50 and arrangements average $150, though it's possible to score a tiny bud for $35. A mahogany bar and parallel Corian sink at the center of the room allows clients to watch as their bouquets are prepared. But if you're in the market for something with a longer life span, opt for a potted orchid plant ($145), which will remain fresh for more than a month. There are also small home goods for sale, such as teardrop-shaped mini glass vases ($12), Dayna Decker botanical wax candles ($65) and handmade coasters created with lacquer from a tree indigenous to the province of Phu Tho in northern Vietnam (six for $115). 74 Gansevoort St at Washington St (212-989-1088, banchetflowers.com). Mon--Fri 9am--7pm, Sat 10am--5pm.

Charles Nolan
It's not hard to envision Slim Aarons photographing C.Z. Guest or another society swan gracing the front porch of Charles Nolan's flagship shop. After all, the designer caters to exactly that sort of sophisticated clientele with his timeless, cross-generational threads. Housed within a landmark space formerly owned by Aaron Burr, you'll find beautifully constructed wardrobe staples such as tan trenches ($500), skinny front-seam knit pants ($228), versatile charcoal-colored blazers ($500 --$550) and Breakfast at Tiffany's--inspired shift dresses ($298). Ladies clamor for Nolan's pouf-sleeve crisp white shirts ($248--$320), often creating a waiting list for the in-demand design. But fear not, there are plenty of other covetable goodies for the immediate taking, including Orfeo cut-crystal glass rings ($35--$125), Nancy Bacich chain-mail wristlet clutches ($425) and unisex TOMS Shoes ($48--$88). Don't miss Nolan's red-hued vintage closet at the rear of the store, where you might discover a unique multicolored crystal bracelet ($70) or a 1950s Italian silk ruffled-edge skirt ($328) that looks like it once belonged to the original society set. 30 Gansevoort St at Hudson St (212-924-4888, charlesnolan.com). Mon--Wed 11:30am--7:30pm, Thu--Sat 11:30am--8pm, Sun noon--6pm.

Generra
The decades-old brand's flagship—a serene, sleek space with white-painted brick walls offset by dark wooden floors—is ground zero for scouting thoroughly modern threads, including on-trend army jackets for both genders ($395), ladies' Equipment button-down blouses ($188), Nordic-patterned oversize sweaters ($395) and ruffled miniskirts ($195), and cuffed pants ($225) and sharp blazers ($350--$425) for men. The collection of casual yet luxe basics hangs on metal racks alongside clothing from outside labels (Acne, United Bamboo, Vena Cava, Surface to Air) that are in line with the brand's effortlessly cool aesthetic, and can be complemented with leather bags from J.W. Hulme Co. ($350--$550), Hansel from Basel hosiery ($34--$42) and cult favorite Swedish Hasbeens clogs ($365--$440). To complete the total mind-body transformation, there are also art and photography tomes from publisher Phaidon ($35--$65) and avant-garde foreign publications, such as Berlin's I Love You magazine ($12). 823 Washington St between Gansevoort and Little W 12th Sts (212-457-2499, generra.com). Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--6pm).

Jean Shop
Sandwiched between some of the glitziest runway designer emporiums on 14th Street's main drag, Eric Goldstein's Jean Shop is an inviting, narrow space marked only by a small fluorescent sign on its glass door. Inside, the store exudes an old-school Americana vibe with exposed red brick walls, wooden cabinetry and locally dyed jeans for both genders lining the walls. Though the Jean Shop only carries a handful of styles (straight leg, relaxed fit), all in Japanese selvedge denim, the draw here is the array of finishing techniques and treatments you can apply to your pair ($260--$620). Goldstein, whose denim pedigree stems from his role as a founding member of Ralph Lauren's Western-inspired line, RRL, and work in Gap's product development, will personally customize your selection at his in-store workshop, located in the rear of the shop. Practically any effect, from a simple blue tint to a full-on tie-dye rainbow, can be achieved: Hendrix wanna-bes can have their flares patched, punk rockers can find that perfect bleached-out acid wash, while others can select simple embroidery or brand their name right into the inner waistband. There's also a house line of leather jackets made from heavyweight cowhide ($600--$2,300), handcrafted leather iPad cases ($220) and canvas logo tote bags ($165). In addition to the eponymous line, Jean Shop also offers exclusive collaborative products, such as Turnbull & Asser dress shirts ($290), special-edition Converse sneakers ($190) and Timberland distressed leather lace-up work boots ($550). 435 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-366-5326, worldjeanshop.com). Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--6pm.

Kimberly Taylor
At the ripe age of 24, wunderkind designer Kimberly Taylor opened her eponymous boutique in 2009. A black, white and fuchsia backdrop showcases her contemporary women's line of silky basics, including sexy body-con dresses ($195--$350) named after high-profile models (like the Stam, a one-sleeve rayon minidress, $195; and the Agness, a cap-sleeve, cowl-back silk minidress, $275). Even if you're not into baring your legs, there are plenty of other statement-making separates, such as silk charmeuse motorcycle vests ($250), pouf-sleeve silk tops ($195) and billowy loose-fitting silk blouses ($195). Taylor's new modal T-shirt and tank line offers the staples in wear-with-anything shades of gray, white and black ($95--$150). Pair them with items from Taylor's designer friends, including David Lerner spandex leggings ($99--$175) and Courtney Lee for Kimberly Taylor chain-link earrings ($75) and multichain crystal necklaces ($375--$485). 400 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-206-0618). Mon--Sat 10am--7pm, Sun 11am--7pm.

NY Artificial & NYA
Environmentalists Alex Guzman and Aaron Bond both advocate living a green lifestyle and they've applied those beliefs to their pair of side-by-side storefronts, NYA Blue and NYA Green. Both shops stock only eco-friendly fashions and serve as a launch pad for sustainable, emerging designers. Start by shopping in NYA Green, which carries Guzman's handmade, one-of-a-kind womenswear that utilizes vintage fabrics, like a showstopping gown created from '60s-era Pucci fabric ($600) and a delicate hand-painted sheer caftan crafted from pre-1970s silk ($400). Then complete your look next door at NYA Blue, which sells environmentally conscious handbags, accessories and makeup. Bond's background developing products for Avon led him to create an eponymous line of chemical-free cosmetics that utilize plant extracts and natural oils ($20--$60), which has instantly garnered a cult following. Surrounding the recycled makeup vanity, you'll find vintage Art Deco mirrored tables displaying hats ($40--$185), oversize reversible belts ($189--$225) and leather- and PVC-free bags, including fire-engine-red studded shoulder bags with gold chain straps ($295) and sleek black faux-snakeskin clutches with diamante closures ($245). Beneath a chandelier that once decorated Studio 54, glass cases display jewelry by up-and-coming independent designers, such as Marly Moretti hand-carved, glitter-embellished jewel-tone stone rings ($135--$156) and fashion writer Dean Merceron's Lucite baubles ($135). 13--15 Eighth Ave between Jane and W 12th Sts (646-340-0442, nyartificial.com)

The Standard Shop
Situated on the ground floor of hotelier Andre Balazs's sleek luxury lodgings beneath the High Line, this small yet well-appointed boutique is anything but your typical hotel gift shop. A mix of travel necessities (single-use packets of Advil, $1) and hip gifts (Krink drip-ink graffiti markers, $8) are alluringly displayed against illuminated orange shelves and placed atop a banana-yellow lacquered counter. While certain items cater to the hotel clientele's notoriously voyeuristic reputation (Chronicle Books' IOU sex coupons, $6), guests and visitors alike can pick up gourmand snacks such as colorful Papabubble oversize hard candy ($9--$18) and fashion-forward accessories, including Retrosuperfuture sunglasses ($110--$300), Brixton felt fedoras and straw Panama hats ($50--$65), Dianora Salviati silk-and-cashmere scarves ($195--$395) and Bliss Lau chain-link body jewelry ($140--$300). Since you'll want to look and smell your best when mingling with the well-heeled crowd at the Standard, there's also a selection of vibrant nail polish from RGB ($14) and Santa Maria Novella colognes ($120). 444 W 13th St at Washington St (212-784-5520, shopthestandard.com). Daily 10am--10pm.

Yoyamart
Though Yoyamart was introduced as a children's boutique stocking high-end-designer kid's garb by brands such as Y-3 and Custo Barcelona, the store's wide array of graphic, colorful and often Pop Art--influenced gifts and decorative items have attracted a wider audience beyond the petite sophisticate. Owners Stephane and Gena Gerbier source goods with intergenerational appeal from Asia and Europe, particularly Stephane's native France. While the shop's selection of collectible figurines from Japanese brands like Medicom, Uglydolls and Toy2R ($45--$75) is unrivaled in the neighborhood, other fun finds for the home include Jellio's translucent lights shaped like gummy bears ($135), signature graphic-print Marimekko pillowcases ($29) and pony-shaped chair replicas of a 1973 Eero Aarnio design ($750). Also expect to find punchy accessories from hard-to-find upstart brands, such as Burger and Friends backpacks printed with neon-hued Zack Morris--style cell phones or fast-food imagery ($55), and Lovegrove & Repucci's foldable pocket-size grenade-shaped reusable shopping bags ($20). 15 Gansevoort St between Hudson and W 4th Sts (212-242-5511, yoyashop.com). Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--6 pm.

Zadig & Voltaire
Ever since this beloved French brand opened its first NYC location in the Meatpacking District in 2009, it's been helping New Yorkers achieve that rocker-chic Parisian look one purchase at a time. The glossy white space boasts mirrored ceilings and enough edgy threads to dress the weekend crowds at Le Poisson Rouge, including skinny jeans ($250), beat-up figure-hugging tanks in muted tones ($80), skull-studded leather bags ($500) and fedoras ($95). Shoppers can try on luxe cashmere sweaters ($400), fur-lined jackets ($1,000) and fitted leather minidresses ($770). While the price of a look might equal the cost of a plane ticket overseas, you'll look the furthest thing from jet-lagged. 831 Washington St between Gansevoort and Little W 12th Sts (212-989-7300, zadig-et-voltaire.com). Mon--Sat 11am--7:30pm, Sun noon--6:30 pm.

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