Must-See NoLIta and Little Italy
by Christopher Wallace, 03/19/2013
Courtesy, Lord Willy's
Ask for collectible clothing that is a little less traditional than the standard boutique and NoLIta shall reward you. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim's Opening Ceremony on Howard Street debuted in 2002, with seasonal collections inspired by specific countries (Brazil, '03; Sweden, '06; Japan, '08), but is now justly celebrated for its fashion-forward inventory featuring Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders and the label's own collaborations with Yoko Ono, Chloë Sevigny and Rodarte, among others. Amarcord on Lafayette is a paradise for collectors in retro-love with the '60s/'70s Italian style of the eponymous Fellini film—picture racks of furs and glove-leather moto jackets running between shelves stacked with vintage travel cases, stingy-brim fedoras and pumps. For those who yearn for a more visible influence on what they're buying, Alex and Betty Wilcox of Lord Willy's will craft a custom, Savile Row–quality shirt, suit or topcoat with as much personality (Skeleton prints! Bright orange lining!) or as little (butcher stripes) as you'd like.