Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Lower East Side

by Chris Wallace, 03/18/2014

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  • For the Ladies
    The Maryam Nassir Zadeh store, on Norfolk Street, has become the cathedral for an artful downtown chic. Eccentric, sculptural jewelry from Anndra Neen, sumptuous Dieppo Restrepo ostrich clogs and eccentric pieces from Isabel Marant and Carven are elegantly arranged around the minimal space. Over on Ludlow, meanwhile, fast-forward to an offbeat futuristic world in Greg Armas' Assembly, where you'll find an Illesteva eyewear shop-in-shop along with eclectic pieces from Dries van Noten and Christophe Lemaire, all of it speckled with vintage finds and accented by a revolving set of installations (parakeet cages, terrariums). Nearby, Yael Afalo and Chi Bui's The Reformation offers an accessible collection of the owners' remixes—or reformations—of vintage pieces they've scoured from estate sales, flea markets and dead stock, most of which priced under $200. Vintage reconstruction is also the thing across the street at Some Odd Rubies, co-owned by Summer Phoenix (sister of Joaquin), whose one-of-a-kind pieces, retailored to modern silhouettes, have long been favored by downtown fashionistas.

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