Since 2002, this indie shop has given East Villagers a place to score high-end lingerie from brands such as Maison Close, Stella McCartney and Mimi Holliday. Owner Cindy Kahng has moved the store just around the corner, to a more spacious location. While fancy underthings are the main draw—highlights include Felina lace bras ($40) and Honeydew mesh boy shorts ($16)—there’s also a bevy of trendy clothing and accessories that allow you to throw together complete ensembles. Toss an Aryn K bat-wing-sleeve tunic ($78) over Only Hearts knit leggings ($85), then finish off the look with By Boe star-shaped post earrings ($48). If you’re looking for goods that are a bit kinkier, you’ll find Maison Close feather handcuffs ($35), the Lake & Stars crotchless panties ($85) and Damaris lace-up corset knickers ($135).
Stuck on Valentine's Day ideas for that special someone—or hell, presents for yourself? Whether you’re single or taken, everyone knows that lingerie and the holiday of romance go hand in hand. And we get it: Lacy underthings can certainly spice up a relationship (or your underwear drawer). However, you don’t need to use V-Day as an excuse to update the most intimate part of your wardrobe. Some of the best shops in NYC offer super sexy and elegant garb this time of year, but everyone knows to steer clear of the crowds at chains and department stores in New York during the lovecentric madness. Forget long lines, and hit up one of these independent lingerie shops instead.
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