Recently Opened Shops
by Time Out New York contributors, 02/01/2011
You no longer have to cross the pond to snag rugged basics from this U.K. company, which has been dressing dandies since 1894. The walls of the large hardwood-floored space are littered with huge vintage photographs that pay homage to the brand’s classic sensibility (one wall features a a WWII-era sewing factory). Men can peruse a plethora of rolling racks for plaid flannel work shirts ($99), wool turtlenecks ($169) and heavy cardigans ($199). Those in need of warm winter jackets can invest in herringbone tweed coats ($499) that will stay in vogue in the seasons to come. Though the majority of merch is for men, ladies need not feel completely left out. Women can grab puffy vests with faux-fur–trimmed hoods ($349), quilted capes ($449) and velvet blazers ($449), or choose from a small collection of accessories that includes leather gloves ($64) and thick wool socks ($23). 123 Wooster St. between Prince and Spring Sts. (212-941-7524). Mondays–Saturdays 11am–7pm, Sundays noon–5pm.
The luxury Swiss watchmaker, known for making time-tellers for pilots, has chosen Manhattan’s swankiest Midtown retail strip as the location for its first stand-alone store. Decked out in aviation-themed Pop Art, the space consists of a main-floor showroom, a second-floor museum for ogling vintage Breitling watches and a top-level bar, stocked with complimentary champagne and coffee. Expect to drop a pretty penny for these timepieces: Inside the sleek glass cases, you’ll find mostly men’s styles, including watches that operate 5,000 feet underwater ($3,085) and a leather-banded oversize steel-faced style ($7,110). There are a few women’s watches as well, such as flashy pieces with leather straps, mother-of-pearl faces and diamond details ($5,965). 5 E. 57th St. between Fifth and Madison Aves. (855-999-1884). Mondays–Saturdays 10am–7pm, Sundays noon–6pm.
Le Bourgeosie Boutique
When designer Marie Gentillon realized she wasn’t keen on going from store to store to get buyers to pick up her line of denim, she solved the problem by opening a boutique of her own, where her jeans will debut this spring. In addition, she’s made Le Bourgeosie a hot spot to find fun, funky and affordable clothes. The cozy space is deep in the heart of Jamaica, Queens, and while the block is a tad dreary, once you’re inside, the eye-popping pink and turquoise walls brighten things up. Girls can pick up Garcia strapless polka-dot party dresses ($38) and Do & Be bustier-top tiered dresses ($50). Edgier fare includes Easel tunics with shoulder cutouts and chain details hanging from the neckline ($36). Accessorize with selects from the array of costume jewelry, including oversize bangles ($2 each), jeweled bib necklaces ($20) and faux-pearl earrings ($5). 94-29 Merrick Blvd. between Douglas and Liberty Aves., Jamaica, Queens (347-809-4380). Tuesdays–Fridays 1–8pm; Saturdays, Sundays 1–7pm.
Lori Leven, owner of sister tattoo parlors, New York Adorned (one located in the LES and the other in Williamsburg), has expanded her brand to include a new jewelry haven: Love, Adorned. The third spin-off chainlet will house a treasure trove of baubles, home goods and trinkets. Stark white walls, glass and wood display cases, and a warehouselike lofted ceiling play backdrop to the store’s offbeat mix of goods. Tunes from the likes of Ray Charles bellow through the speakers as you peruse offerings such as Collina Strada tough-girl leather harnesses that resemble chic shrunken vests ($400) and Lou Zeldis sterling-silver mountain rings with Afghan lapis stones ($140). A kitschy selection of Santa Fe Stoneworks patterned pocketknives ($90) and rainbow vintage ashtrays ($40–$80) spruce up a bulky wooden table, while super-pricey Lindsay Thornburg billowy, handmade cloaks ($960–$1,300) hang from the walls. Though splurges such as Jeeyun Ha dainty gold-chain necklaces accented with feathers ($380) are scene-stealers, cheap thrills like Alyssa Ettinger porcelain milk bottles ($40–$70) make us equally giddy. 269 Elizabeth St. between E. Houston and Prince Sts. (212-431-5683). Mondays–Saturdays noon–8pm, Sundays noon–7pm.
Project Runway doesn’t always skyrocket its contestants to instant fashion fame, but it has definitely done wonders for judge Michael Kors. Kors’s celebrity has expanded tremendously since he became a fixture on the show, and this West Village opening marks his third store in Manhattan (with 29 more nationwide openings planned for the spring). The glossy boutique carries all of the classic Americana Michael Kors lines, including the super-luxe Collection ($300–$18,000), midrange Kors by Michael Kors ($200–$2,000) and more-accessible diffusion line Michael Michael Kors ($50–$800). We don’t recommend dropping by the sleek black-and-white–walled spot if you’re looking for clothing, since a single rack in the back makes up the entirety of the store’s apparel selection. There you’ll find sweaters with removable cowl-necks ($90) and sequined shorts ($60). Instead, the stock is mostly accessories, and includes highlights such as leather wedge booties ($275), studded beanies ($39) and bright leather bucket totes ($398). 384 Bleecker St. at Perry St. (212-242-0700). Mondays–Thursdays 11am–7pm; Fridays, Saturdays 11am–8pm; Sundays 11am–6pm.
Spirit and Matter
Rick Gallagher’s collection of authentic handmade tribal pieces is definitely worth visiting. In his cozy bohemian shop, the antiques dealer sells eclectic relics for every budget, including books ($5–$100), jewelry ($2–$1,000), musical instruments ($20–$500) and even weaponry ($50–$5,000). Gallagher travels the northeast to pick up interesting objects that originally hail from Africa, Southeast Asia and South America for his growing stock. Those with an eye for the unconventional will appreciate such gems as 20th-century metal boot sculptures ($250); East African trade-bead necklaces ($200); carved wooden paddles from New Guinea ($1,200); bags made of feathers, shells and bush string ($250); and antique artist chisels and knives ($5–$250). 280 E. 10th St. between Ave. A and First Ave. (917-881-7349). Daily 3–7pm.
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