New stores (May 24–30, 2012)

Compiled by Lisa Butterworth, Allison Merzel, Jessie Pascoe, Esther Shechtman and Izabella Zaydenberg

  • Jes Switaj silk tie, $30, at Better than Jam pop-up

  • Webbedware animal-cutout brass necklace, $128, at Better than Jam pop-up

  • Maje

  • Maje motorcycle jacket, $920

  • Maje leopard-print shift, $285

  • Michael Kors logo-plate sandals, $98 each

  • Michael Kors straw tote, $328

  • Photograph: Richard Cadan


  • Polka-dot sunglasses, $14, at Patricia Field

  • Camera-shaped ring, $18, at Patricia Field

Jes Switaj silk tie, $30, at Better than Jam pop-up

Better than Jam pop-up 

  • Price band: 1/4

This eclectic Bushwick boutique returns to Governors Island for its second summer, setting up a temporary shop inside a historic military apartment building. Founder Karin Persan has invited a team of 39 local designers including Rocks and Salt and Lingua Nigra to fill the cozy early-20th-century home with one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry ($15–$150), artwork ($10–$50), stationery ($4–$15) and various knickknacks ($5–$200). Many works have incorporated the flavor of the island, such as J. Topolski lockets ($22–$45) set with antique maps of New York and Geneva Wirth photography prints ($25) of the coastal greenery. Browse dressers and cupboards to discover Webbedware animal-cutout brass necklaces ($128), Jes Switaj silk ties ($30) emblazoned with sea creatures and house-label colorful hand-printed jersey dresses ($50–$150).

  1. The Governors Galleries, apartments C3 and C4, (Clayton Rd and Craig Rd South)
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Charlotte Olympia 

  • Price band: 4/4

This luxe British accessories designer opens her first NYC store. The 750-square-foot Art Deco–inspired space is decked out with romantic suspended lights and Olympia’s trademark spiderwebs entwining the staircase. Splurge on raffia-and-leather wedges with bow detailing ($1,495) or neon suede sandals ($1,075). Keep a lookout for funky sartorial extras, such as Miami-inspired leaf-shaped suede shoulder bags ($545) and whimsical flamingo clutches ($495).

  1. 22 E 65th St, (at Madison Ave)
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  • Price band: 3/4

If you don’t flinch at dropping more than two Benjamins for a Brigitte Bardot–print cotton T-shirt, you’re just the type of woman this French label is hoping to attract as it expands to three NYC locations (the others are in the West Village and Soho). The 570-square-foot boutique is decorated to resemble a traditional Parisian apartment, featuring chevron wood floors and a mirrored chandelier. Scoop up effortless basics such as cropped A-line coats ($515), loose silk printed frocks ($385) and leather stiletto sandals ($460). There are also a few lower-priced goods, including beaded bracelets ($70) and all-natural candles ($70).

  1. 10 Prince St, (between Bowery and Elizabeth St)
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Michael Kors 

  • Price band: 3/4

The classic American designer and Project Runway judge already has five NYC stores (in Soho, Rockefeller Center, the Flatiron District and the West Village), but this bi-level space is his largest yet. High ceilings, tile floors, white leather benches, shiny stainless-steel fixtures and ample mirrored surfaces give it a chic, luxurious feel. Although the boutique carries women’s clothes, such as strapless tie-dyed maxidresses ($250) and colorful ribbed crew-neck sweaters ($124), on the lower level, the entire top floor consists of accessories. Standouts include multistrand statement necklaces ($395), gold-toned watches ($180) and aviator-style sunnies ($125).

  1. 667 Madison Ave, (at 61st St)
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Patricia Field 

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The iconic redheaded designer and stylist has moved her flamboyant boutique just two doors down into a space that’s nearly double the size, combining Field’s former apartment with a vacated store behind it. The spot is decorated with glittered brick walls and a faux-snake–wrapped pillar. Field’s old bedroom is now a full-service salon offering haircuts for both sexes ($40–$90), color ($60–$150) and makeup applications ($25–$150). Funky ladies’ threads include House of Field neon sleeveless tops ($48), Lazy Oaf fruit-print frocks ($95) and Highest Heel lipstick-heeled pumps ($78). Daring guys will find Keith Haring for House of Field denim shirts ($98) and Joy Rich plaid and star-print button downs ($99). Stock up on whimsical additions such as polka-dot shades ($14), DCI ice-cream-sandwich-shaped iPhone cases ($12) and camera-shaped rings ($18).

  1. 306 Bowery, (between Bleecker and E Houston Sts)
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  • Price band: 3/4

Jet-setting ladies and gents, take note: The go-to resource for ultradurable luggage has opened its ninth NYC location. Expect to see some new features—this is the first Tumi store to incorporate a travel salon in the back, featuring a wall of travel necessities including the Tegra-Lite line of suitcases ($545–$895), made of an indestructible thermoplastic used in NASCAR race vehicles and NFL protective gear. You can also pick up house-line portable electronics ($25–$695) and eyewear ($125–$295) for both sexes. For those of us who don’t accept traveling as an excuse for being unfashionable, keep an eye out for the 11-piece Dror for Tumi collection ($195–$895), a collaboration with product designer Dror Benshetrit. Leather totes ($495) in both neutral and bright hues serve as chic carry-ons.

  1. 125 Fifth Ave, (between 19th and 20th Sts)
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Zadig & Voltaire 

  • Price band: 3/4

The Upper East Side may seem an unlikely neighborhood to sell skull-emblazoned suede purses ($295), but this French label thinks its luxe and laid-back mix will win over local shophounds. The brand’s fourth NYC location (the others are in the West Village, Soho and the Meatpacking District) is minimal with lots of white and bright fluorescent lights. The details are in the clothing, as evidenced by long-sleeved cotton T-shirts ($125) featuring tiny skull collar buttons and delicate chainlike cardigans ($400) made from viscose and nylon. Those on a budget can snap up women’s straw hats with python-print ribbons ($105). Rock & roll dudes will appreciate plaid oxford shirts ($205) and leather jackets ($965).

  1. 992 Madison Ave, (between 77th and 78th Sts)
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