New stores (April 26–May 2, 2012)

  • Buffalo Exchange

  • Photograph: Michael Lythcott

    Dolce Vita

  • Dolce Vita shorts, $154

  • Dolce Vita platform wedges, $133

  • Dolce Vita silk V-neck dress, $220

  • Rory Dobner screen-printed skull pillow, $160

  • Rory Dobner fish-print plate, $65–$120

Buffalo Exchange

Aegir Boardworks

  • Price band: 3/4

Owners Shaun Tangen and Peter Folich—an extreme snow-sports enthusiast and avid surfer, respectively—combined their joint interests to open this industrial shop. Aimed at powder bombers and wave riders, the store features an even mix of indie and well-known brands that the pair have personally tried out. Gear for hangin’ ten includes SUPERbrand patterned surfboards ($645) and O’Neill full-body wet suits ($150–$400). You’ll also find merch for chilling on shore, such as Indosole shoes ($20–$50) fashioned from Indonesian-landfill-bound moped tires and Arbor Collective bamboo-and-organic-cotton tees ($22). In the fall, you’ll find everything you need for hitting the slopes: YES snowboards ($380), NOW bindings ($289), winter-ready Airblaster jackets ($350) and Zeal Optics high-tech goggles ($499), which change their tint according to weather conditions and track your run stats, including speed, distance and jumps.

  1. 99 Water St , (at Main St)
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Buffalo Exchange

  • Price band: 1/4

Get ready to purge your closet: This national resale chain has opened its fourth NYC location—the second in Brooklyn (the others are in the East Village and Chelsea). Antique record players and mirrors give the shop a vintage vibe. Drop by to sell your gently worn goods for 30 percent of their estimated retail value in cash or 50 percent in store credit. While the stock rotates rapidly, the average price for men’s and women’s apparel is just $15. There’s also higher-end offerings, including Theyskens’ Theory patent-and-suede wedges ($175), Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo bags ($90), Karen Walker tortoiseshell sunnies ($75) and Givenchy silk scarves ($45).

  1. 109 Boerum Pl, (between Dean and Pacific Sts)
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Dolce Vita

Reasonably priced, sexy heels ($79–$199) and sky-high wedges ($89–$229) are what this brand is known for, but it also hawks seriously cute women’s threads ($55–$319). Luckily, you’ll find all three at this sun-dappled space, made extra bright by a glass chandelier. The boutique is set up like a dream closet with hardwood floors, wheeled wooden clothing racks and old-fashioned shoe shelves. Colorful rompers ($242), three-quarter-sleeve belted frocks ($121) and print-pocket tees ($121) are sartorial standouts. Highlights from the droolworthy footwear collection include gold-accented gladiator sandals ($169), pastel pumps ($189) and peep-toe wedge booties ($179). 255 Elizabeth St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-226-0635, Mon–Sat noon–8pm, Sun noon–7pm.

Henry Beguelin

  • Price band: 4/4

This bright, airy space showcases the Italian leather-goods company’s luxe handbags ($850–$22,000), leather bracelets ($200) and necklaces ($225–$395), stitched belts ($275–$425) and chic footwear ($550–$795). You’ll also encounter wares from international and local designers, including Faliero Sarti print scarves ($425) and Bonnie Young flirty leather frocks ($2,875). There are even leather home goods such as storage boxes ($350), picture frames ($325) and decorating bowls ($575–$875). While the house-brand merch has a minimalist, European vibe, there are some majorly funky one-of-a-kind pieces, including Fannie Schiavoni mesh shirts ($830) and Share Spirit draped vests ($785).

  1. 30 Charles St, (at Waverly Pl )
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Rory Dobner at Maison 24

  • Price band: 3/4

If you’ve ever wanted your abode to look like the set of The Addams Family, you’ll adore the gothic-inspired housewares sold at this permanent shop inside home-decor boutique Maison 24. The dark-hued, Old English-style spot is accented by a glass chandelier and highlights Dobner’s ink drawings ($325–$1,100). The British artist’s goods include decorative pillows screen-printed with skulls ($160) and fabric-covered journals ($38). More opulent pieces include scented candles ($110) and fish-print plates ($65–$120)-both trimmed in 22-karat gold.

  1. 470 Park Ave , (between 57th and 58th Sts)
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Compiled by Lisa Butterworth, Elizabeth Denton and Allison Merzel. Got store news? E-mail us at

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