Ladies and gents looking to add some variety to their wardrobes will love the selection at Star Struck—expect to find everything from well-worn Fleetwood Mac, GNR and Pink Floyd concert tees to vintage Christian Dior silk scarves. Complete your rock-star look with a vintage brass belt buckle and a hat from the extensive collection that includes cowboy hats, top hats in a range of neutrals, goes-with-everything fedoras and even pork pies.
Here’s where the magic happens: At Jacques Torres’s Hudson Street retail location, kids can peer through the glass wall to the chocolate factory’s floor, where cocoa and sugar are processed into chocolate. (Of course, you can buy it here, too.)
The PPB's main focus is on couples looking to invigorate their sex lives with props, potions or costumes. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the store carries a huge number of toys, starting with cheap bullet vibes and topping out with $100-plus extreme dildos. The company's been in business since 1972, which makes Pink Pussycat a trusted name for dommes and submissives alike.
Guilt-free shopping surfaces in the West Village with this nonprofit thrift shop’s second store (the original is in Gramercy). Both donate all proceeds to the United Jewish Council of the East Side (ujces.org), which works to preserve the Lower East Side community. Sift through men’s and women’s clothing ($30–$600) hanging from reclaimed pipe racks, and browse accessories ($15–$400) displayed in an original Tiffany jewelry case. We spotted accessories such as Versace ($60) and Pucci ($80) neckties, Fendi leather handbags ($95) and Givenchy platforms ($100). The threads pack the same designer punch, with 1990s Betsey Johnson grunge dresses ($120) and a ’70s Yves Saint Laurent patterned blouse ($175). An Etro military jacket ($165) and vintage Nick Cave concert tee ($65) are highlights for guys.
This stationery store—with exposed brick, cheerful floral wallpaper and a pink overhanging lamp—exudes West Village charm. It’s owned by sisters Amy Swanson and Beth Salvini, whose family has been in the printing biz for three generations, and nearly everything is designed in-house and produced on an old Gutenberg-style press. Aside from note cards and stationery, GLP also offers notebooks, rubber stamps, labels, gift tags and striking wrapping paper ($3–$5 a sheet).
You’ll be transported to Paris once you step inside this opulent bath-and-body shop. Rich burgundy carpets, gilded wallpaper, a gloriously huge chandelier and a mahogany desk that serves as the checkout area set the stage for the luxurious fragrances ($50–$300), candles ($20–$400), lotions, and soaps from brands like Diptyque and Annick Goutal. Curiosity cabinets house many of the store’s exclusives—the West Village outpost is the only location in the country to sell several items, including candles by Les Secrets Ladurée Paris.
For luxe designer duds and inexpensive knickknacks, head to this chic resale haven from Sabina Palterman. The West Village native grew up shopping with her friends at vintage stores; after a music career under the name Lady Saba, she was inspired to start her own retail business. Gents will find classic necessities such as crisp Brooks Brothers button-downs ($30), colorful J.Crew blazers ($40), Theory dark-wash jeans ($35) and even a Prada tux ($375). Fashionistas will love a Roberto Cavalli peasant top ($220), a Balenciaga printed dress ($525) and a Chloé silk skirt ($175). Men can accessorize with Pucci silk ties ($50) and leather John Varvatos boots ($100), while ladies can don Prada polka-dot peep-toed pumps ($250) and a Coach vintage leather satchel ($125). Random extras include Hello Kitty iPhone cases ($12) and JellyBath foot soaks ($15). If you have garb you want to sell, drop by anytime, and Palterman will take a look at it—if she likes what she sees, you’ll get half of the price when it sells.
Owner Joshua Suzanne Ethier began her career in what she calls “the rag business” as the manager of now-defunct Alice Underground, and it’s clear she takes pride in her chosen field: Ethier hand-selects her merchandise directly from textile houses, wholesalers and warehouses for a mix of unworn dead stock and well-preserved secondhand goods. Unlike most of the city’s cluttered thrift stores, items are meticulously organized by clothing type (oxford shoes on one shelf, flannels on another) in a color-coded rainbow, making sifting through the men’s and women’s garb here a breeze. What’s more, like items are all priced the same, with logo tees marked $18 each or two for $30, Levi’s jeans and denim jackets tagged $35 and cut-off shorts costing a mere $10 to $20. Urban cowboys, take note: the store is known for its killer selection of cowboy boots ($65) and other Western apparel (hello, fringe!).
Look for the deep blue awning on Bleecker Street and venture inside to scope out high-end paraphernalia from brand names like Sheldon Black, Medicali and JBD. The clerks are reputably knowledgeable and can service all your tricked-out pieces and one-of-a-kind accessory needs. Make sure to ask about Illadelph Glass products—they’re beautifully crafted and come in many different iterations.
This colorful and inviting boutique is all about pampering your pooch with frivolous—yet irresistible—offerings such as a scrumptious biscuit bar featuring all-natural ginger and blueberry-flavored treats ($13 per pound), fancifully illustrated children’s books with tales of canine antics ($10) and evil-eye charms for collars ($6–$10). But what Zoomies is best known for is its sleek house line of apparel. “We make the clothes for the dog, not the human,” says co-owner Angelique Graux. Translation: If you want to humiliate your pup with a frilly tutu, you’ll have to pick one up elsewhere. Along with her partner Susan Bartholomew, a former VP at Dior, the two create chic, serviceable gear; their signature line of reflective, insulated rain jackets and winter coats ($50–$70) are made with a water-repellent nylon shell that keeps dogs of all sizes cool and dry. Zoomies also makes leashes and collars made of leather or nylon ($18–$45), lush fleece blankets ($50) and a small selection of cotton kitty collars ($16) for feline friends.