Her favorite NYC stores Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-833-2200, barneys.com)"It's trendy, cutting-edge, and there's always something exciting and new happening," says Rivers. Judith Optical 799 Lexington Ave at 62nd St (212-838-8739)"I love Irwin Woislavsky, the optician there," enthuses Rivers. "He knows you, he likes you, and he gives you a piece of cake. Plus, he's got all the latest styles of sunglasses and glasses." Paola Poggi 805 Lexington Ave at 62nd St (212-421-8464)"I drool over the jewelry counter," says Rivers of this upscale accessories shop. "It has wonderfully unique pieces." William-Wayne & Co. 846 Lexington Ave between 64th and 65th Sts (212-737-8934, william-wayne.com)"This is a go-to place for gifts," says Rivers. "I'll always find something. It's affordable WASP—copies of stuff you see in the Hamptons." You might also likeSee more Closet Case More in Shopping + Style
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Her favorite NYC stores Blue & Cream 1 E 1st St at Bowery (212-533-3088, blueandcream.com)“It always seems to have one or two pieces that I need every single season,” enthuses Levine of this designer-clothing haven. Chanel 139 Spring St at Wooster St, 212-334-0055 ● 15 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-355-5050 ● 789 Madison Ave at 67th St, 212-535-5505 ● chanel.com“I’m a little obsessed,” admits Levine. “Truth be told, I grew up with nothing—I didn’t have anything designer. Chanel was the epitome of [making it]. I always knew that when I got older, if I was able to, I’d shop at Chanel.” Rag & Bone 73 E Houston St at Elizabeth St; 212-777-2210, rag-bone.comLevine favors the Nolita location of this hip brand. “It isn’t very busy and the staff is so nice,” she explains. “And you can’t deny how good the jeans are.” Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave between 49th and 50th Sts; 212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com“I’m so busy working that shopping is the last thing I want to do,” admits Levine. “My personal shopper, Luba Rudkovskaya, is incredible. She chooses amazing items that somehow always work.” You might also likeSee more Closet caseSee more in Shopping & Style
His favorite NYC stores Century 21 Locations throughout the city; visit c21stores.com "I don't buy any denim in the United States, though I might dig it out at Century 21," says Koon. "I dress down when I go and will literally stay there eight to nine hours straight." AllSaints Spitalfields 512 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (646-862-1832, us.allsaints.com) Koon admits he thinks the British retailer is quite cool. "The clothing is very tailored," he says. "While the denim is not for me, the tops are clean and crisp." Kinokuniya 1073 Sixth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts (212-869-1703, kinokuniya.com) "It's my favorite bookstore in NYC," gushes Koon. "It carries my stock of [Japanese-imported] fashion magazines." He keeps a stash of glossies in his office and uses them for design inspiration. Luk Fook Jewelry & Goldsmith 185 Canal St between Mott and Mulberry Sts (212-343-3005) "The staff comes from Hong Kong and specializes in 24-karat gold and jade," says Koon. "When I have custom pieces I want to develop, I'll go there." You might also likeCloset case: Lisalla MontenegroCloset case: Bianca JadeCloset case: Alison BrodSee more in Shopping & Style
Her favorite NYC stores Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave at 58th St (212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com)Delaney buys most of her shoes from the iconic department store’s high-end shoe floor. “It offers the best designers in both new and exciting styles, as well as [the basics] that you need in your closet,” she says. Christian Dior 21 E 57th St at Madison Ave (212-931-2950, dior.com)“Dior has the best fit,” says Delaney. “Sometimes I can be in heels for ten hours a day, and a Dior shoe will still be comfortable. The boutique also stocks certain styles that you can’t find in department stores.” J.Crew Locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.comBallet flats from this popular chain—bought in both cobalt blue and tangerine—will be Delaney’s go-to spring flats. Leather Spa 10 W 55th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-262-4823, leatherspa.com)“This place has been taking care of my shoes for years,” says Delaney of the shoe and handbag repair spot. “They make [footwear] look new even if they are a couple of seasons old.” She has Leather Spa refurbish worn leather soles, place a protective layer on the bottom of fragile heels and treat her boots with a waterproof-shield so that the leather doesn’t mark in the rain and snow. You might also likeSee more Closet caseMore in Shopping & Style
Her favorite NYC stores Kirna Zabte 96 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-941-9656, kirnazabete.com) "They are cool women," says Brod of Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley, owners of this stylish boutique. "They opened and showcased new designers long before there were multibrand boutiques in the city or online." Ricky's NYC various locations throughout the city; visit rickysnyc.com "I get all of my beauty products for free, but I love seeing what fashion and beauty solutions they have," says Brod. American Apparel various locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.net Brod hits up this hipster chain "to stock up on scoop-neck casual basic tops." B+J Fabrics 525 Seventh Ave at W 38th St, second floor (212-354-8150, bandjfabrics.com) Brod frequents this family-owned Garment District staple to buy fabric for the dresses she has custom made. You might also like100 party dresses each under $100See more Closet CaseSee more in Shopping & Style
His favorite NYC stores Century 21 22 Cortlandt St between Broadway and Church St (212-227-9092, c21stores.com)"It's where I go for basics, socks and underwear," says Curtis of the nearby Tribeca location of this discount chain. "You can buy Polo and it doesn't have to cost you Polo numbers." Earnest Sewn 90 Orchard St at Broome St (212-979-5120) • 821 Washington St between Gansevoort and Little W 12th Sts (212-242-3414) • earnestsewn.com"It sells classic Americana threads and great denim," says Curtis of this jeans haven from which he owns about 30 pairs. "I pay about $200 for jeans there, and the construction is great—they're durable." Fabulous Fanny's 335 E 9th St between First and Second Aves (212-533-0637, fabulousfannys.com)"You can go in there for an hour and want to stay for five because there are so many products and each one has a different story [behind it]," says Curtis. Flight Club 812 Broadway between 11th and 12th Sts • 254 Greene St between Waverly Pl and 8th St * flightclubny.comThis pair of consignment sneaker stores is where Curtis buys and trades kicks from his massive collection. Ralph Lauren 867 Madison Ave between 71st and 72nd Sts (212-606-2100, ralphlauren.com)"My favorite Ralph Lauren store in the city is the mansion; it's the mecca of where all fly clothes live," notes Curtis. He buys all of his pricier pieces off-season when they're on sale (he's currently purchasing duds for next fall). "I'll get a $5,000 blazer for $1,000, and it doesn't go out o
Her favorite NYC stores The Track & Field Store 997 Madison Ave at 77th St (212-355-1944, tfstore.us) Jade favors this Brazilian brand's New York flagship for its "funky pieces. It has that small-boutique look and it's not overflowing with items, so it feels high-end," she says. Paragon Sports 867 Broadway at 18th St (212-255-8889, paragonsports.com) "Paragon is like my fitness Target: It has everything you could need and tons of options," enthuses Jade of this tri-level sports gear spot, which carries one of her favorite designers, MPG. Adidas Originals Store 136 Wooster St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-673-0398, shopadidas.com) "It looks kind of like a garage when you walk in, there's a DJ playing, and it has all of the [Adidas design] collaborations with people like Missy Elliott," describes Jade. "It's really funky and it has a lot of affordable fitness fashion." Puma the Black Store 421 W 14th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-206-0109, puma.com) "It's very New York City, which is what I love about it—the dark colors, the urban, edgy feel," explains Jade of this high-end concept shop. "And it carries clothes that don't look like fitness gear, but they are functional." Y-3 317 W 13th St at Gansevoort St (917-546-8677, y-3store.adidas.com) "I always get complimented when I wear Y-3 clothes," admits Jade. "They're really sleek and so much of it can be incorporated into your casual wear. It's more expensive, but when you buy something from there, you can
Her favorite NYC stores Resurrection 217 Mott St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-625-1374, resurrectionvintage.com) "It has the most amazing collection of vintage clothing, bags and jewelry, all of which is in such perfect condition," enthuses Montenegro. "It's always brimming with Chanel classics and other designer goodies that are fun for spicing up my wardrobe." Jeffrey New York 449 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-206-1272, jeffreynewyork.com) Montenegro loves this high-end department store for the shoe selection alone. "I live in high heels, and you can't always find the styles it carries in other stores," she says. "Sometimes, I'll just spend hours here trying shoes on!" La Petite Princesse 232 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-965-0535) "I stumbled upon this little jewelry shop and I fell in love with its handcrafted pieces," says Montenegro, who favors the boutique's "hammered-gold earrings and big colorful rings because they are so one of a kind!" Agent Provocateur 133 Mercer St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-965-0229) • 675 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-840-2436) • agentprovocateur.com "Nothing makes me feel more secretly sexy than wearing beautiful lingerie under my everyday clothes—even if it's only for me," admits Montenegro. "Agent Provocateur has so many sexy but classy pieces that just give me that little confidence boost when I wear them." A Man and a Woman 14 Christopher St at Waverly Pl (212-929-6156, manandawoman.com)
Her favorite NYC stores Darr 369 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-797-9733, shopdarr.com)"I'm obsessed with Brooklyn furniture, and Darr is amazing for home goods," says Stephenson of this local decor shop. New York Vintage 117 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-647-1107, newyorkvintage.com)"It's literally the best-curated archive of fashion in the world," enthuses Stephenson of this massive vintage showroom. "Whenever I pull for shoots there, I end up getting something for myself." Zara locations throughout the city; visit zara.com"I wear Zara all the time," notes Stephenson, who wore a one-shoulder jumpsuit from the Spanish chain on the day of this shoot. "It's great for every aspect of my life." Zo 68 Washington St between Front and York Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-237-4002, shopzoeonline.com)"It's got Proenza, Celine and DVF mixed in with inexpensive stock," says Stephenson of this designer-friendly store. "I shop there a lot because it's in Brooklyn and it's curated so well." You might also likeSee more Closet CaseMore in Shopping & Style
NYC matchmaker Samantha Daniels, founder of Samantha’s Table, has a walk-in closet filled with rare vintage handbags from brands such as Judith Leiber, Gucci, Carlos Falchi and Valentino. She shops at auctions and vintage clothing shows, including the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and the Pier Antiques Show, for bags, dresses and coats from the 1950s through ’70s. Her favorite NYC style resources Artbag 1130 Madison Ave at 84th St (212-744-2720, artbag.com)“Even though I grew up in Philadelphia, my mother would bring all of her special bags up to New York,” recalls Daniels of how she first learned of this specialty repair shop in high school. “They’re used to handling old and delicate bags, and know how to make them look like new.”Ernest Winzer Cleaners 1828 Cedar Ave between Major Deegan Expy and 179th St, Bronx (877-946-9371, winzercleaners.com)When it comes to caring for beaded clothing and furs, Daniels brings her more delicate items to this family-run business. “They clean all of the costumes on Broadway, so they take excellent care of formalwear,” she enthuses.Green Apple Cleaners 92 Greenwich Ave at 12th St (212-206-6236) • 8 Spruce St between Gold and Nassau Sts (212-601-9702) • 78 Seventh Ave at Berkeley Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-799-5015) • greenapplecleaners.com Daniels entrusts this eco-friendly dry-cleaning chainlet to launder her duds from the 1960s. “It only uses natural products, so it’s healthier for the clothes,” she explains.Paola Poggi 805 Lexington
Julie Macklowe, founder of skin-care company Vbeauté, regularly attends fashion- and art-related galas such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ball. For such occasions, the entrepreneur collects ball gowns from high-end designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen and Carolina Herrera. Her jaw-dropping closets also boast an extensive array of Hermès bags, Christian Louboutin shoes and Chanel blazers. Her favorite NYC stores Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave at 58th St (212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com)“It has a very boutiquey feel, but you can get everything in one place,” says Macklowe, who is also a fan of the legendary department store’s personal shoppers (she uses Kayon Williams in the Chanel department). “I met her years ago and I think she’s got great style. There’s usually a piece I want—I rip a lot of stuff out of magazines—so if I see something, I’ll e-mail her.”Rag & Bone Locations throughout the city; visit rag-bone.comWhen it comes to causal clothing, this British-inflected label is a go-to for Macklowe. “It’s just very easy to wear,” she says. “I have a lot of its T-shirts, and I think the jeans are terrific.”Madame Paulette 1255 Second Ave between 65th and 66th Sts (212-838-6827, madamepaulette.com)Macklowe admits she usually doesn’t get her ball gowns dry-cleaned “unless it’s a disaster, since it ruins them and isn’t needed after one wearing.” On the rare occasion that one requires tending, she entrusts her dresses to this hi
Peek inside the closet of Foley + Corinna designer Anna Corinna. An alcove in her Williamsburg apartment is dedicated to the vintage clothing and accessories she discovers at flea markets, including the Brooklyn Flea, and vintage stores such as 10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas. Her favorite NYC stores Rainbow locations throughout the city; visit rainbowshops.com“Spending an amount of money involving a comma or just $9.99 makes me equally happy,” says Corinna, who satisfies her thrifty side with affordable footwear from this bargain chain. Shareen Vintage 13 W 17th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, second floor (212-206-1644, shareenvintage.com)“[Owner Shareen Mitchell] has on-the-money fashion forecasting at totally doable prices,” gushes Corinna of this hidden boutique. Showplace Antique and Design Center 40 W 25th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-633-6063, nyshowplace.com)Corinna scores art, home furnishings, jewelry and vintage threads at this massive flea market. You might also likeCloset case: Kelli DelaneyCloset case: Lisalla MontenegroCloset case: Lori LevineSee more in Shopping & Style
Hot on the heels of her third book, The Weekend Makeover, and the debut of the Martin Project, a line of closet-organization products for QVC, Today show contributor and Knicks sportscaster Jill Martin let us peek inside her pared-down wardrobe. She keeps everything on view, including shoes from Christian Louboutin, dresses from H&M and tops from Haute Hippie. Instead of buying new footwear, she gets existing pairs resoled at Leather Spa and Eddie’s Shoe Repair. Her NYC style resources BCBG Max Azria Locations throughout the city; visit bcbg.comMartin is a newfound fan of this contemporary label’s basic white tees. “It also has great dressy tanks,” she enthuses. “I love matching a really fancy skirt with a just a plain tank. Sharon Stone did it at the Oscars, but I just think it’s a really fresh, I-didn’t-try-too-hard look.”Donna Karan New York 819 Madison Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (212-861-1001, donnakaran.com)“I only have a few brands that really fit me perfectly,” says Martin, who cites this high-end clothing label as one of them. “I think you should always be comfortable, and that’s why I love Donna Karan. Her motto is, ‘If you can’t sleep in it, you shouldn’t wear it.’ I agree because you can tell when a woman is uncomfortable.” Eddie’s Shoe Repair 30 Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-581-3463) Before heading to work, Martin drops off shoes in need of mending at this cobbler. “A lot of people think you need to [constantly] buy new shoes but oftentim
With the help of wardrobe-management company Visual Therapy, IvyWise founder Dr. Kat Cohen keeps her bedroom-turned-closet streamlined with only clothes and accessories she currently wears. She favors high-end brands such as Chanel and Prada, and shops for her favorite Pucci dresses at Bergdorf Goodman. Her favorite NYC style resources Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave at 58th St (212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com)“You can find anything for any occasion,” says Cohen of the high-end department store. “It’s close to my office and has the best shoe department.”J.Crew Locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.comCohen favors this on-trend chain for “less-expensive work wear and weekend clothes.” She also dresses her daughters in the children’s line, Crew Cuts.Follow Elizabeth Denton on Twitter: @elizabethann1
Unless you’re the sole proprietor of any living space in New York, then you have a landlord (a.k.a. that dude or dudette who receives the bulk earnings of your paycheck every month). Yeah, in some cases, renting an apartment in New York is no picnic. In fact, it can be downright stressful—especially if your studio is in poor condition and if your landlord is, well, a dick. But you know what? You have rights! You’re entitled to live safely and comfortably whether it's an expensive or affordable apartment in NYC, and your landlord has a legal duty to make sure of it. So here are ten rights your landlord probably doesn’t want you to know (with contributions from the Time Out New York staff). Keep this list handy, it's basically your New York guide to life. 1. You legally have the right to ask the landlord, repairman or anyone else to leave your apartment at any time (Castle Doctrine). 2. The landlord must give adequate notice (at least 48 hours) before entering a tenant’s property, and may only do so without notice if there's an emergency. 3. You can check the 311 website to see how many complaints were issued (and what they were about) for your address. 4. You can get a background check on your landlord and the property company by asking the building or management office. 5. Rent can be negotiable—though your landlord’s corporation and receptiveness will differ! 6. If a bedroom doesn’t have a closet or a window, then it is not a “legal” bedroom and could be considered a firet
Beginning as a drunk-food closet at the back of a bar, this Southern-fried grease trap run by the three chefs—Carolyn Bane, Erika Geldzahler and Sarah Buck, who met working at Diner—retains the DIY, seat-of-the-pants spirit of the dive that it sprang from: food specials scrawled on sheets of paper, chairs and tables that might have been salvaged from a public school, and borderline aggressive bright overhead lighting. The food, not the venue, is clearly the draw. The down-and-dirty Southern fare—honest, cheap and often delicious—includes antibiotic- and hormone-free chickens, but you won’t find the name of the farm where they came from on the menu. The hot sauce is Frank’s Original RedHot, the grits Quaker Instant, the pickles B&G deli classics. As a result, Pies ’n’ Thighs feels as authentic as any venerable Dixieland food shack. The fried chicken—simply brined, floured and fried—is among the city’s most succulent, with a greaseless, extra-crispy crust. The fried catfish is also exceptional, coated in an expertly seasoned layer of cornmeal. Among the superlative sides, the baked beans—thick with molasses and studded with brisket scraps—and buttery cheddar-swirled grits are the standouts. But perhaps the tastiest thing on the menu isn’t a meal or a side, but a snack: a classic buttery biscuit enclosing a small pounded chicken cutlet coated in an irresistibly trashy emulsion of honey-butter and hot sauce. The pies that account as much as the chicken for the restaurant’s cult
Fed up with the dearth of stores that matched their aesthetic, 24-year-old founders Emily Conley and Veronica Cano set up their own boutique with a real American rock & roll feel. The likes of Aerosmith, Pantera and ZZ Top inspired the shop, as did the women's own experiences growing up in NYC clad in mohawks and leopard-print pants. Rockers can deck out their pads with colorful I Am Home chalkboard skulls ($55), Buzz Planet natural soaps ($8 each) and Octopus brass vintage-style cigarette cases ($55), and fill their closets with Death/Traitors unisex tank tops ($26), One Teaspoon Najavo-print ponchos ($200) and Reason "go (heart) your own city" T-shirts ($30). The industrial space also features a coffeeshop (complete with board games like Monopoly and Jenga) serving Stumptown joe ($3–$5).
Not too long ago, seemingly every gay character on TV was either a sad closet case or a drag queen. We’ve come a long way since then: Now America welcomes explicit gay sex into its living rooms on hit shows like Game of Thrones. Below are some of the most compelling LGBT folks currently appearing in some of our favorite TV shows, set in NYC and beyond.
AHAlife (ahalife.com)If you’ve ever dreamed of having Tim Gunn, Tina Brown or Daniel Boulud be your personal shopper, then this online boutique is for you. Founder and former Goldman Sachs executive Shauna Mei commissions celebrities and design-savvy professionals to curate a selection of fashion, beauty, home and tech products from around the world. Launched in 2010 and run out of a Bond Street loft, AHALife has built up a roster of more than 200 curators who constantly pick products that they discover in their travels and daily life. You can browse by category for off-the-beaten-path items including Lisa Levine feather earrings ($195) in the jewelry section, Lazerwood birch iPhone skins ($15) in the tech department and Rahua organic shampoo ($32) on the beauty page. Another way to discover goods is through each curator’s profile page, where boldfacers highlight their favorite items, such as SURevolution hand-thrown ceramic bowls ($55–$295), selected by Lauren Bush; Wode amber-scented perfume ($150), discovered by What Not to Wear makeup artist Carmindy Bowyer on a trip to Berlin; and Cast of Vices calfskin tote bags ($178), favored by writer and editor Peter Davis. Shipping costs a flat rate of $7 but returns are always free. Bonobos (bonobos.com)This classic men’s fashion brand was born from a problem that cofounder Brian Spaly encountered: He couldn’t find pants that fit well. After discovering American trousers were too boxy and European styles were too tight, he develop
Just like your go-to red lipstick and crop tops (apparently), a leather jacket never goes out of style. In fact, one of our favorite things about fall in NYC is that it’s the perfect time of year to unleash our leather topper from the closet. (We know you agree). After all, they’re practical, durable, edgy and most importantly—they make you look like an instant badass. But being a devil in skin-tight leather doesn’t come easily—a good-quality leather jacket will cost you (thank you, captain obvious). So in case you don’t already own one and you’re currently on the hunt, we’ve tracked down six perfect iterations (marked at even better price points) for any cool rider on a budget. Mango leather biker jacket, $190, at mango.com Courtesy Mango ASOS textured biker jacket with zip detail, $99, at us.asos.com Courtesy ASOS Zara leather jacket, $189, at zara.com Courtesy Zara Topman black leather biker jacket, $160, at topman.com Courtesy Topman ASOS men's leather biker jacket, $180, at us.asos.com Courtesy ASOS Mango men's leather biker jacket, $200, at mango.com Courtesy Mango
Vintage enthusiasts have another high-end spot for unique wares, thanks to this temporary shop from veteran dealers Katie McDonnell and David Brockman. The store is an expansion of McDonnell’s e-commerce site (nomadvintage.com) but a new venture for Brockman, who was a buyer for both now-closed East Village Honeymoon Vintage locations. The duo scoured the U.S., Europe and South America for one-of-a-kind finds and were even lucky enough to be invited into the homes of collectors to shop their private closets. The small, 250-square-foot space makes the most of its size with an eight-foot-tall glass case brimming with jewelry ($88–$225) and sunglasses ($125–$250), and an accent wall boasting an antique-looking mirror. Score standout pieces such as a 1970s Giorgio Sant’Angelo ribbon skirt ($385), a Michelle Lamy draped cotton top ($125) and a Kansai Yamamoto wool jacket with rubber-tire elbow patches ($995). Don’t miss the selection of Berlin-sourced leather handbags with brass hardware ($125–$295).
Turkey-born Parsons grad Su Beyazit honed her eye for fashion working as a freelance stylist for Brooklyn Magazine and The L Magazine. Her first store features women’s clothing ($15–$280) and jewelry ($20–$180) from Beyazit’s personal vintage collection that she used to sell on Etsy (sucuk.etsy.com), as well as the work of emerging designers from NYC and North Carolina. Chic home decor ($40–$300) and gifts ($2–$60) are mostly imported from her mother country. Beyazit created the outdoorsy decor of the shop after reading Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style, by Sibella Court, which provided easy DIY ideas. She used salvaged materials and repurposed wood purchased from neighbor Eddie Hibbert, who guts old brownstones. Adding more local flair, the earthy window displays were created by Brooklyn artist Perry Lewis (perryelewis.com). Highlights include Rachel Weisberg handmade crop tops ($80), Closet Case Vintage dark denim skirts ($26) and Kaolin & Quartz porcelain pendants ($50). Pick up Nomadic Trading Company hemp pillows ($125) and Ashkahn Shahparnia witty greeting cards ($6 each) for thoughtful gifts.