Stores in Soho
The New York outpost of Canada’s fine independent, McNally Robinson, McNally Jackson has a good selection of novels, nonfiction and magazines. A diverse range of writers present readings in the shop’s comfortable café.
A must for design fans, the museum’s stand-alone retail arm assembles an impressive array of contemporary furnishings and gifts, including sculptural vases, clocks, kitchenware and gadgets. Downstairs, along with larger furniture, is an outpost of Japanese lifestyle store Muji.
Go on an international shopping spree without leaving Soho at this large, meticulously curated boutique. Globe-trotting owners Carol Lim and Humberto Leon create something akin to a fashion Olympics inside the store, showcasing American designers alongside both up-and-coming and established brands from other countries. The breadth of items rivals Urban Outfitters (a lofted nook has a small collection of CDs, magazines and books, and glass cases contain cool-kid accessories like neon Timex watches), but the craftsmanship (and prices, of course) is in a different league.
When it comes to trendy fast fashion, British chain Topshop is queen. Blaring pop music and sales associates dressed to the nines make for a clubby atmosphere; bop along as you rifle through fits-like-a-glove skinny jeans ($145–$165) and gauzy tops ($36–$50). Any proper dandy knows that Topman, the men’s department in the lower level, is not to be missed for urban tees ($20–$30), smart blazers ($80–$360) and striped sweaters ($40–$50).
This American sportswear label by sisters Pookie and Louisa Burch features sleek and simple mod-inspired looks for men and women. So it's no surprise that the brand's first store (in Soho) channels that same aesthetic. The minimalist environment (custom brass clothing racks, blue-tinted concrete floor) is the perfect home for Trademark's Oxford Bell dress ($288), turtleneck sweaters ($178), felt totes ($188) and more.
Highly curated wares and contemporary brands make their way to this Soho vintage destination, whose creative director then culls looks for each season's collection. The prices reflect the caliber of design, with articles ranging from Victorian and punk classics to Gilded Age and enviable Chanel chains.
One of H&M’s spin-offs makes its U.S. debut with this Soho outpost. Originally, & Other Stories started as a beauty concept but quickly evolved into a fashion brand offering accessories and Euro-flavored ready-to-wear women’s clothes. While the prices here aren’t as low as what you’d find at H&M, they’re not too steep, either. And items like a coral handbag ($195), a wool striped skirt ($90) and gold knuckle rings ($45) definitely have the added bonus of looking more expensive than they are.