Manhattan – Lower East Side
154 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts
If you prefer indie duds to the mass-produced offerings at megaretailers, stop by emerging designer haven Zhozet (pronounced "Joe-zet"). Sisters Edwina and Jennifer Ofori named the designer co-op after their mentally disabled sister so she could be a part of their joint venture. A rotating roster of exclusive lines will be featured--with an emphasis on customer service. You can make a private appointment with the actual designer to handle any alterations you might need; or commission them to create a custom frock. Among the unique offerings are Khadda A-line skirts ($240), Omar Yopar sleeveless rompers ($350) and necklaces made from real nails ($145).
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