New stores (April 15--21)
Mon Apr 12 2010
Banana Republic The mall-staple megabrand is still the go-to for preppy yuppies. Its two-floor Soho flagship was recently renovated and now features miniboutiques within the larger store; themed sections include weekend wear, the fashion-forward City Works line, and the eco-friendly Heritage collection. An in-house concierge team also walks the floor now, offering shoppers advice on where to eat and things to see in the neighborhood. Those solely on a shopping mission should book it to the register with camp shirts ($60), cropped sateen pants ($70) and men’s chino blazers ($250). Mention TONY to receive a free canvas tote through May 15. 552 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-925-0308, bananarepublic.com). Mon--Sat 10am--9pm, Sun 11am--8pm.
French Sole Comfort French Sole, the so-called “worldwide experts on ballet flats,” has expanded its empire by adding a Lexington Avenue location. But unlike the flagship and outlet, which peddle French Sole exclusively, this 2,000-square-foot, bi-level boutique offers footwear by other brands, including Dana Davis, Cordani, Gabor, Gentle Souls and Think. Find commuter-friendly wedges, such as Ara’s woven-leather--and-cork sling-backs ($110), Cordani’s colored suede styles ($219) and Dana Davis’s leather sling-back sandals ($450). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off through April 30. 972 Lexington Ave between 70th and 71st Sts (212-472-9600, frenchsoleshoes.com). Mon--Fri 10am--7pm, Sat 11am--6pm, Sun noon--5pm.
Convent Industrial, dark and eccentric are the three words freelance stylist turned shop owner Travis Wayne uses to describe his new Stanton Street boutique, a 300-square-foot shop outfitted with racks Wayne built himself using industrial piping. Convent offers men’s and women’s styles for every budget (Cheap Monday, Motel, Geronimo, Postmoderntease, Sally LaPointe, etc.). One standout is Miiche’s collection of jersey, raw silk and merino-wool-blend men’s vests ($180--$200), which look just as good cloaking the fairer sex. Guys can pick up Mancandy capes ($200), Costume Dept. drop-crotch sweatpants ($89) and Kill City ripped jeans ($80), while ladies can score Dusen Dusen printed cropped tees ($90) and Australian brand Backstage’s backless leopard minidresses ($140). 179 Stanton St between Attorney and Clinton Sts (212-673-0233, conventnyc.com). Daily noon--9pm.
Peoria Emporium A mishmash of goods awaits at this colorful Flatiron bazaar, including whimsical ladies’ jackets from local designer An Ren, flashy turquoise jewelry by Dolce and Banana (yes, you read that right), and handcrafted children’s toys. If you’re tired of seeing your handbag on every third chick, get your arm in a Peoria Rag Bag ($69), a tote made of cloth pieces and lined with recycled plastic. 25 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave (212-777-3140, peoriaemporium.com). Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--6pm.
Tous Turns out, it’s okay for adults to carry around teddy bears, so long as they’re covered with diamonds. Tous’s second NYC shop, located in Rockefeller Center, sells jewelry for men, women and children, and offers a private lounge with magnifying mirrors and lace curtains for shoppers who want to order custom-made pieces. A version of the aforementioned blingy bear comes in handbag form for $215, but we prefer something a bit more subtle—like the $88 mirror ring. 610 Fifth Ave at E 50th St, suite 10111 (212-757-2316, tous.com). Daily 10am--8pm.
Zimmermann pop-up Australia has provided us with many a cultural cornerstone: Crocodile Dundee, the Sunburnt Cow’s all-you-can-drink brunches, and now.... this pop-up shop. Aussie sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann plan to open a permanent store in NYC (they already have 13 in Australia), but for now, hit this temporary space for brightly colored separates and beach-ready accessories. Though the designers’ lightweight boyfriend blazers ($550) will help you transition from spring to summer, the swimwear takes center stage, accounting for almost half of the merch. Our faves include floral-print bandeau bikinis ($196) and one-piece swimsuits with knotted details ($230). 112 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-925-5405, zimmermannwear.com). Mon--Sat 11am--7pm, Sun noon--7pm. Through June 30.
Compiled by Jayme Cyk, Laura-Lanz Frolio, Emily Roitman and Rachel Strugatz. Got store news? E-mail us at email@example.com.