Recently Opened Shops
by Time Out New York contributors, 06/01/2011
Allan & Suzi
For the past 23 years, Allan Pollack and Suzi Kandel have run a pair of consignment vintage boutiques (one on the Upper West Side and another in Asbury Park, New Jersey). In the process, they’ve garnered a celebrity clientele and jazzed up wardrobes for blockbuster hits like Sex and the City. Now the dynamic duo tackles new territory by moving its Manhattan location to a SoHo storefront more than double the size of the original. Beyond the antiquated double doors lies a treasure trove of new and vintage finds from both emerging and established designers. Dive into racks stuffed with evening wear, coats, dresses and tops to unearth showstoppers like a beaded Jean Paul Gaultier gown ($800), a vintage lamb-fur coat ($1,000) befitting of a movie starlet, a JoAnn Berman recycled-fabric dress ($250) and a Prada men’s star-print button-up shirt ($80). Loads of hats, bags, jewelry and shoes are perched atop shelves or tucked under racks. Snatch up structured handbags from the 1950s ($200–$2,000), Lopeti Etu feathered-and-beaded hats ($300) or funky Biba platform boots ($1,200). Museumworthy pieces, such as a Tony Alamo of Nashville studded, hand-painted denim jacket ($375) and a Giorgio di Sant’Angelo beaded bodysuit ($3,000) worn by Goldie Hawn for a Vanity Fair cover shoot, hang on the walls next to Warholesque paintings of pop-culture icons like Edie Sedgwick and early Madonna ($400 each). 237 Centre St between Broome and Grand Sts (212–724–7445). Mon–Sat noon–8pm, Sun noon–6pm.
When owner Gaia DiLoreto left the corporate world in October 2009, she fell headfirst into Brooklyn’s red-hot restaurant scene, enrolling in a restaurant management course at the Institute of Culinary Education and refining her palate on local specialties. Soon after, she focused on opening a single destination that provides an array of New York–made culinary and shopping picks. The modern-day general store has a hodgepodge of offerings, including pickles, soaps, honey, T-shirts, jewelry, paper goods and books by Brooklyn authors. Stock your cabinets with Take Me Homeware embossed ceramic plates ($22–$50), fill your jewelry box with linguaNigra hammered-gold-coin earrings ($50–$115) and necklaces ($70–$150), and load your closet with KimmChi cotton graphic T-shirts ($28). DiLoreto says the only things she’s not featuring are high fashion and prepared foods—yet. 261 Smith St between DeGraw and Douglass Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-643-0606). Mon–Thu 11am–7pm; Fri, Sat 11am–8pm; Sun noon–6pm.
Cult worshipers of J.Crew’s hip women’s spin-off brand now have a second haven to find the coveted goods. The two-story shop is more spacious than its SoHo counterpart but has a similar airy, vintage feel, thanks to white walls, reclaimed-wood floors and cast-iron columns. Expect the line’s extremely wearable staples like chambray button-ups ($68), short-sleeved, scoop-neck tees ($45) and cashmere cardigans ($175), plus a range of denim from high-waisted skinny jeans ($125) to wide-legged styles ($125). You can also stock up on trendy pieces for spring, including sleeveless floral maxidresses ($198), slouchy trousers ($125) and eyelet-lace rompers ($135). Finish your look with colorful scarves ($50–$58) or a pair of chunky-heeled slingback shoes ($198). 115 Fifth Ave between 18th and 19th Sts (212-228-5172, madewell.com). Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 11am–7pm.
Ted Muehling pop-up
Those familiar with Ted Muehling’s nature-inspired jewelry should understand his decision to leave the increasingly commercialized SoHo street where his storefront stood for a decade. His refined, handmade jewelry incorporates shapes like raindrops and leaves made from gold, onyx and pearls, and his home goods are equally beautiful, including vases shaped like eggs and tree trunks. The unadorned Walker Street location will function as a pop-up until Muehling relocates to a permanent space at 51 White Street in September. Until then, you can scoop up burnished silver earrings ($130) that hang like icicles, petal-shaped gold earrings ($180) and single-strand pearl-and-opal necklaces ($1,400) that transcend seasons. Sterling-silver tea strainers ($250) look more like silver coral than kitchen gadgets, and porcelain bird wings ($369) make perfect tabletop sculptures. 57 Walker St between Broadway and Church St (212-431-3825). Tue–Sat noon–6pm.
After leaving her post as design director of cashmere label TSE, Tess Giberson hasn’t wasted time re-establishing her eponymous line of minimal classics in a new SoHo flagship. The roomy store, designed with painted brick walls, exposed pipes and wooden ceilings, allows each of her creations to breathe. The sophisticated draping and neutral colors of her women’s threads are complemented by the store’s sculptures, collages and rotating artworks. Find silk chiffon dot-printed dresses with draped pockets ($523) and high-quality wool jackets with opaque shoulders ($715). Don’t miss featured artist Ninh Wysocan’s simple silver necklaces ($375–$650). 97 Crosby St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-1932). Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.
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