New stores and salons (August 19-25)

  • Alibi NYC Salon

  • Area

  • Hengst

  • Nightwood vintage-teak chairs, $200 each

  • Nightwood tie-dyed recycled-canvas pillows, $60 each

  • Clae high-top sneakers, $150, at NOS Men

  • Ted Baker dress shoes, $150, at NOS Men

  • Rockport Audry oxford shoes, $140, at The Rockport Company

  • Rockport classic wing-tip oxfords, $135, at The Rockport Company

  • The Rockport Company

  • Proenza Schouler leather-trimmed tweed shorts, $199 (originally $780), at Roundabout New & Resale Couture

  • Alexander Wang studded-bottom drawstring bag, $395, at Roundabout New & Resale Couture

  • Naughty & Nice animal painting on vintage wallpaper, $50--$350, at Gesamtkunstwerk

  • Der Bears stuffed creature, $10--$65, at Gesamtkunstwerk

Alibi NYC Salon

Alibi NYC Salon
It’s no coincidence that creative director Koby Ben Yaacov’s modish, razored cuts look runway-ready—the hairstylist has coiffed the locks of models for New York Fashion Week. After taming tresses in Israel and Amsterdam, he’s opened up this loftlike Soho salon, whose black-and-white decor, crystal chandeliers and exposed brick walls are as chic as the clientele. Alibi aims to elevate people’s haircutting appointments from a perfunctory act of maintenance to an indulgent experience: Sessions begin with a complimentary drink (try the Moroccan mint tea) and include a stress-melting head, neck and hand massage using essential oils and steaming-hot towels. You can surf the Net using free Wi-Fi while you wait for your haircut (starting at $85 for both genders), blowout (starting at $40), updo (starting at $100), color ($90--$120) or highlights ($100--$200) in the front lounge. If those prices are too steep for your wallet, drop by on Mondays from noon to 8pm, when assistants offer discounted chops ($50), color ($50--$80) and highlights ($50--$100), with blowouts included. Proving that pampering is their top priority, Alibi also offers manicures ($20), eyebrow waxing ($20) and foot reflexology ($15) that they’ll perform right in the salon chair. 67 Greene St between Broome and Spring Sts, suite 2 (212-219-2806, Tue--Fri 11am--8pm; Sat, Sun 10am--5pm. Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all haircuts and coloring on your first visit through Sept 2.

After selling her mod bed linens through various retailers for the past 20 years, Swedish designer and owner Anki Spets has finally opened a 2,000-square-foot showroom of her own. The store’s crisp white walls highlight Spets’s colorful, geometric-print pillow shams ($55--$70) and duvets ($230--$490) draped across beds and hung neatly on the walls, though the bedding would jazz up even the most light-deprived New York apartments. In addition to Scandinavian-style solid oak bed frames ($3,900--$4,300), nightstands ($450) and coffee tables ($600), Area sells a small line of kitchen accessories, including wooden cutting boards ($50--$170), mortar-and-pestle sets, ($50--$120) and spice mills ($80--$120) designed by Spets’s husband, Magnus Lundstrom. 58 E 11th St between Broadway and University Pl (212-924-7084, Tue--Fri 10am--6pm.

Unmarked and hidden below street level, Gesamtkunstwerk—which translates to “complete artwork,” but most folks call it Werk—is like shopping in an artist’s studio, complete with a work space in back and crafts displayed up front. Fresh out of the Cooper Union School of Art, business partners and friends Allie Kuzyk and Lucia Vera opened the cozy gallery to showcase the creations of local artists and sell their own quirky jewelry designs, which they craft on premise. Pick up unique gifts like Trashmour crocheted necklaces made from recycled plastic bags ($60--$90), Der Bears stuffed creatures handmade from reworked cotton, linen and velour ($10--$65), Naughty & Nice animal paintings on vintage wallpaper ($20--$350), and Kuzyk’s sterling silver and pewter pendants ($20--$50) and earrings cast from found objects, including starfish from Jones Beach and acorns from Central Park ($30). Aspiring designers, take note: Werk will offer jewelry-making workshops ($125) in its studio on Sundays from noon to 3pm, where you can learn to make your own sterling silver rings. 9 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (646-476-9100, Mon, Wed--Sun noon--9pm.

After hawking her timelessly elegant designs in San Francisco’s Mission district for the past six years, designer Susan Hengst decided to relocate her boutique across the country to be closer to her production site in midtown Manhattan. From the looks of the ample LBDs and neutral-toned tops ($164--$212), feminine slacks ($212--$224) and slinky dresses ($274--$312) that hang in her tiny, white-walled store, Hengst should have no trouble finding a New York following. “I’ve just been trying to do versatile things for women who work and travel,” she says. “Things you can just put in the sink in the hotel and hang in the shower to dry.” Though we’d recommend exercising a bit more care with her airy pieces, which average $300 a pop, her chiffon dresses with transparent tops ($312), silk jumpsuits with built-in bloomers ($288) and drapey V-neck silk frocks with oversize pockets ($312) are the kind of wear-everywhere threads that will finally let you bike to work in style. 70 E 1st St at First Ave (212-375-1549, Daily noon--8pm.

Nightwood pop-up
You may have ogled furniture-design duo Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron’s rustic, wood-heavy pieces crafted from recycled materials at the Brooklyn Flea. For the first time since their public debut at the market three years ago, the pair will be selling their reworked textiles and furnishings in a 4,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar shop (albeit a temporary one), located within the luxury condo building Be Schermerhorn. In addition to serving as a storefront where you can buy Nightwood’s handsome salvaged-oak credenzas ($800), vintage-teak chair set ($1,200) and tie-dyed recycled-canvas pillows embroidered with zodiac constellations ($60), the pop-up will host a live art installation, where Yaron will weave and construct chairs next to a tepee so shoppers can view the creative process. Artist Jess Rotter will also be selling her etchings of ’70s musicians (Waylon Jennings, Graham Nash) on wood plaques fashioned by Nightwood ($275), while Fiyel Levent will be hawking her delicate paper lamps ($250--$350) and structural door pulls ($45). For those who haven’t the first clue about how to outfit their pad, interior design blog Design Sponge will offer bi-weekly home-decorating workshops on Thursdays. 189 Schermerhorn St between Hoyt and Smith Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (646-361-5031, Thu 19--Oct 31, Wed--Sun noon--7pm.

With the opening of this brother shop to NOS Boutique, a year-old women’s shoe emporium in Dumbo, you no longer have to banish your impatient boyfriend to the nearest chair. Instead, simply send him down the street to this high-ceilinged space to do some shoe shopping of his own. The well-rounded selection includes everything from polished Ted Baker dress shoes ($150) to funky Clae high-top sneakers ($150), while the clothing—something that the original NOS lacks—appeals to the average guy who wants to look current without trying too hard. Dudes can stock up on dinner-date-appropriate Jeremy Argyle casual woven button-ups ($145) and Aether V-neck tees ($40) for kicking back on the weekends. 165 Front St at Jay St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-422-0095, Mon--Sat 11am--8pm, Sun noon--6pm.

Roundabout New & Resale Couture
If you have couture tastes but a fast-fashion budget, this combination consignment shop, vintage store and designer closeout boutique is the answer you’ve been looking for. As Roundabout’s second location in Manhattan (the first one is on the Upper East Side), the blue-carpeted space fits right in among Soho’s bevy of trendy high-end boutiques—minus the steep price tags. Rifle through the front of the store for never-before-worn merchandise that’s at least 70 percent off retail; a recent visit turned up leather-trimmed tweed Proenza Schouler shorts for $199 (originally $780) and perforated Marc Jacobs sweatshirts with origami-inspired sleeves tagged $289 (normally $895). Make your way toward the back to discover a well-edited selection of vintage and consigned items, like a pair of Loeffler Randall ballet flats with studded bows ($109) and an Alexander Wang drawstring bag with a studded bottom ($395). Since you’ll probably need to make room in your wardrobe for such goodies, you can consign your castoffs and get 50 percent of the retail price once the item has sold. Even more exciting: Starting in early September, a contemporary section downstairs will be chock-full of garb from Tibi and Tory Burch, plus $89 Diane von Furstenberg dresses. 115 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-966-9166). Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--6pm.

The Rockport Company
Active city dwellers will appreciate the opening of Rockport’s first NYC store in the high-trafficked Queens Center Mall: Now you can stock up on stylish yet comfortable footwear that boasts shock-absorption technology in the heels and won’t punish your feet for walking ten blocks to work. Featuring a palette of warm neutrals punctuated by Rockport’s signature orange hue, the 938-square-foot space showcases men’s and women’s casual and dress shoes ($80--$250), plus handbags and small leather goods ($28--$275) on a well-lit, open shelving system. We’re fans of the ladies’ sea-foam-green high-heeled oxfords ($140) and on-trend studded mules ($130), while dudes can look sleek at the office in classic wing-tip oxfords ($135) and tackle weekend chores in style wearing cap-toe lace-up boots ($200). Mention TONY to receive $20 off purchases of $100 or more through September 15. 90-15 Queens Blvd between 57th and 59th Aves, Elmhurst, Queens (718-271-3627, Mon--Sat 10am--9:30pm, Sun 11am--8pm.

Urban Outfitters
Don’t let the facade fool you: What’s designed to look like an old-school hat shop, hardware store, neighborhood bar and bodega (before every New York City block was littered with chain stores) is actually Urban Outfitters’ newest Upper West Side location. It might appear different, but it’s still the same hipster haven you know and love, full of cool-kid standbys like BDG colorful twill cigarette pants ($49), Silence & Noise’s fitted basic blazers ($78) and men’s Standard Issue plaid button-downs ($48). In addition to men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, the 15,800-square-foot megastore—Urban’s ninth location in Manhattan—will offer nonboring, bold items to decorate your pad, such as streak-dyed ceramic bowls ($8, four for $20) and zigzag-printed velvet pillows ($32). 2633 Broadway between 99th and 100th Sts (212-222-3212, Mon--Sat 10am--10pm, Sun 11am--9pm.

Compiled by Courtney Allen, Melanie Barnes, Ally Betker, Audrey Goodson, Aria Hughes, Melody Serafino and Cristina Velocci. Got store news? E-mail us at

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