Thanks to the innovative notion of featherweight cashmere, this cold-weather knitwear staple has become a year-round fixture. One mine for these warm-weather sweaters is Italian cashmere purveyor Brunello Cucinelli, whose provincial-chic West Village outpost feels like a slice of the Umbrian countryside. Behold a bounty of earthy pieces in mouth-watering pops of tomato red, mint green, lavender and other shades that hew close to nature’s vine.
This temple to curds has been selling quality cheeses to New Yorkers for years. Browse and sign up for classes at Murray's Cheese
Watch your back, Claire’s: A new dirt-cheap costume-jewelry shop has surfaced. U.K. retailer Accessorize is finally bringing its trendy, affordable designs across the pond to a West Village storefront (with a Union Square location opening November 18). We’re talking chunky, jewel-covered cuffs ($25), cluster cocktail rings ($20) and sequined clutches with British flag designs ($58). Sound sparkly? The store itself is as glittery as it gets, with vintage-inspired dressing tables and classic armoires covered in antique gems. Expect to see more from Accessorize in the future; this is the first of 100 planned stores set to open in the U.S. throughout the next four years. http://us.accessorize.com/
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.
Head first to this West Village outpost to find a flirty spring dress on a budget, and it’ll likely be your last stop (we recommend scanning the racks for locally made frocks by Kisses by Darling and Raquelle ($128–$328). Fresh flowers displayed throughout match the sunny disposition of the staff. Tables and chairs bordered by ivy-covered walls make for the perfect rest stop for shopping buddies (even four-legged ones) when the backyard garden isn’t being used for vintage sales in the summer. Other dresses range from $98 to $398 and tops cost $50 to $225, with the average vintage necklace ringing in at $58.
During an Air France flight in 1998, business travelers John Sencion and Brad John came up with the idea for this streamlined shop, which carries everything a frequent flyer could need under one roof. That of course includes a sturdy bag, and you’ll find plenty of fashion-forward options toward the back of the modern white space, including Lipault lightweight nylon duffels ($190), Herschel Supply Co. color-blocked duffel bags with built-in shoe compartments ($100) and Hideo Wakamatsu trolleys ($190) made of tarpaulin fabric, a flexible, water-resistant material. Fill your new luggage with functional travel accessories, such as Maptote denim Dopp kits ($30) emblazoned with drawings of essential toiletries and house-line SpacePak three-piece nylon bag sets ($98) that organize and compress items to conserve valuable suitcase space. Mention TONY for 15 percent off all purchases (excluding gift cards) through June 7.
Find more than 140 traditional Scandinavian candies—including the boat-shaped raspberry jelly hallon batar and the salty black licorice kanverade haxvral—at this sleek, whitewashed shop in the West Village. The storefront also carries pantry items (Swedish meatball mix, crisp bread and cloudberry jam) and designer ceramics.
Love A.P.C. but hate the prices? Then head over to A.P.C. Surplus, where you can snag overstocked and unsold A.P.C. merchandise for up to 70 percent off.
Gift-giving is a whole lot easier with this cozy West Village boutique, whose selection of pretty, tasteful items—ranging from handmade jewelry ($30–$150) to artisanal home goods ($15–$50)—offers something for every hostess, birthday girl and bride-to-be in your life. Reclaimed-wood shelving showcases Julie Nolan’s brass-disc pendants featuring astrological constellations ($45) and Coatt’s Morse-code necklaces that spell out love, peace and friend in gold-filled dots and dashes ($36). Considerosity also specializes in items that are practical (S’well colorful stainless-steel water bottles, $35), thoughtful (West Third Brand daily affirmation wish candles, $16) and just plain delicious (Macaron Café macaron gift boxes, $14–$49).
The selection at this tattoo shop is so comprehensive, we’d be shocked if you couldn’t find something you love: Almost every inch of wall space is covered with inspiration for your next piece. The artists are especially skilled at handwritten and behind-the-ear tattoos, and while walk-ins are accepted, making an appointment in person will allow you to chat with your artist ahead of time...and that’s super important if you’re nervous or getting inked in a sensitive area like your foot, finger or inner lip. Price minimum: $200.