Best new indie shops: Best collective
The more designers, the merrier at these creative co-ops.
Mon Apr 11 2011
End of Century
Liber Charlie cardigan, $165, at End of Century
Liber Charlie cardigan, $165, at
Dilan Walpola claw wrap ring, $150, at End of Century
Dilan Walpola claw wrap ring, $150, at
The Little House
Objects at The Little House
Photograph: Grant Asken
Silk-chiffon safari-print crew-neck top, $300, at The Little House
Silk-chiffon safari-print crew-neck top, $300, at
End of Century
Winner: End of Century
Nearly everything in Lara Hodulick and Chantal Chadwick's LES boutique is for sale: the art on display (End of the Century doubles as a gallery and features a new artist every month), the decorative furniture, the clothing racks used for displaying the merchandise, and of course, the clothes—most locally made—for ladies and gents. And that all-encompassing business model, along with events and parties often thrown in the space, are what make tis collective more than just a store.. The owners/best friends view all the designers who are part of their shop as a community: FIT student Gretchen Mongrain's snow camo blazer ($240), with splotches of green on white, is a standout, as is a men's cotton-rayon knit cardigan ($165) by Liber. If you could use some good karma, opt for Titania Inglis's special edition U-neck bias tee ($120); 100 percent of the profits benefit the Japan disaster relief effort. 175 Rivington St between Attorney and Clinton Sts (646-602-9556, endofcenturynyc.com). Mention TONY at checkout to receive 10 percent off through May 1.
Runner-up: The Little House
Not everyone has the time to gallery-hop and take care of necessary wardrobe updates, but you can squeeze in both at this homey retailer. Designed by the Little House's three owners (Savania Davies-Keiller, her husband Michael Capotosto and their longtime friend Joel Alexander Morales), the eponymous clothing line is composed of sharp separates like a silk-chiffon safari-print crew neck ($300) and linen women's trousers ($365), plus a pima-cotton--twill military jacket for men ($550). The space also hosts exhibitions—Capotosto's drawings and sculptures are currently on display—and sells objects like textiles from Japan and Afghanistan, proving this well-rounded shop represents a variety of aesthetics and art forms. You can also become a member of the Little House: The trio is mum on the fee, but if you're invited to join after requesting the opportunity, expect to receive plum benefits: a discount on all merchandise; private previews of the collections; exclusive invitations to dinners, cocktail parties and the Little Black Ball (the event premieres this year on May 20); two seasonal gifts per year and more. 71 Sullivan St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-966-6099, thelittlehousenyc.com). Mention TONY at checkout to receive 10 percent off through May 1.