Shopping in NYC is both a pleasure and a pastime, with retailers offering a staggering array of fashionable goods. New boutiques pop up with regularity in all five boroughs, making the City an unparalleled destination for style-seekers. Among the recent entries we’re spotlighting are Sarah Jessica Parker's first brick-and-mortar NYC shop, Milanese import 10 Corso Como and a brand that focuses on British staples for men. Check back soon for more openings.
10 Corso Como
1 Fulton St., Lower Manhattan
The legendary high-end 10 Corso Como, based in Milan with outposts around the globe, opened its first US location in the historic Seaport District in fall 2018. Housed in a whopping 28,000-square-foot space, 10 Corso Como is a mash-up of gallery, boutique and restaurant that seamlessly blends luxury retail (think Prada and Balenciaga) with culture and lifestyle. Shoppers are encouraged to linger: enjoy a meal at the café and restaurant, and check out the on-site gallery. Exhibits have included photos by Helmut Newton and pieces from a collaboration between Swiss photographer Jean Clemmer and surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
1 Rivington St., Lower East Side, Manhattan
Parisian menswear label 13 Bonaparte mixes classic tailored pieces with refined sportswear for an aesthetic that founder David Sarfati describes as “long lasting…directional yet easy and functional.” The flagship’s whitewashed facade and interior design (polished concrete floors, walls of corrugated steel) capture that understated feel. You’ll find shirts, jumpsuits, T-shirts, polos and the brand’s line of Le Denim at this location.
985 Madison Ave., Upper East Side, Manhattan
Housed inside the Carlyle Hotel, this new Madison Avenue flagship from fashion designer Gabriela Hearst has been hailed by Vogue as “the most beautiful store in New York.” Hearst’s namesake clothing line of contemporary classics, launched in 2015, was quickly picked up by such high-end retailers as Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman before Hearst set out on her own. Originally from Uruguay—where Hearst’s family are sixth generation sheep farmers—the designer is known for producing garments of impeccable quality using only the finest merino wool.
119 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
From husband-wife duo and founders of Picture Room comes this home goods store that doubles as a tea and coffee spot. Specializing in natural and sustainable housewares, Salter House stocks well-curated pieces that are often made by local artists (no Cuisinart here). You’ll find a walnut serving spoon handmade in Brooklyn, German Rosenthal porcelain egg cups and items for children such as jump ropes, wood spinning tops and handmade toy canoes.
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker
93 South St., Seaport District, Manhattan
Sarah Jessica Parker is best known for her role as the shoe-loving Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City. Now the actress has her own collection of fun and contemporary footwear that would make Bradshaw proud. Each pair is handcrafted in Italy and features a grosgrain ribbon detail, an homage to Parker’s childhood. Another personal touch: the flagship’s blush pink walls and mosaic-tiled floor were handpicked by SJP.
85 Mercer St., Soho, Manhattan
Founded in 1860 in Nottingham, England, Sunspel has a legacy of crafting well-made, luxurious undergarments for men. It’s also known for its signature polos that lend a streamlined yet comfortable look. The brand’s popular Riviera polo style was specially designed for Daniel Craig to sport in Casino Royale, his Bond film debut. These British staples, as well as a women’s collection, have found a home stateside in a new two-story shop, dotted with photos that trace the brand’s history.
150 Spring St., Soho, Manhattan
Long loved by the Brits (including Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge), London-based label Whistles has planted its feet in Soho. This is the first NYC shop for the brand, which is known for its collection of contemporary womenswear. Metallic sneakers, printed midi dresses and shearling coats fill the racks here. The store mimics an art gallery, featuring paintings by Rosie Tonkin as well as fixtures made by hand.
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420 West Broadway, Soho, Manhattan
Soho is the downtown go-to for high-end retail, confirmed by the tony Paris-based fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld launching his new flagship store there. The interior’s clean white walls, lacquered black shelving and red seating mirrors the hues in Lagerfeld’s signature men’s and women’s clothing lines of highly structured luxury garments with an urban edge. The store’s poured-cement floors harken back to Soho’s industrial past, when the neighborhood was filled with garment factories.
126 Spring St., Soho, Manhattan
Whether you're looking for timeless jewelry designs embellished with semiprecious stones or must-have home decor accents like frames and trays, Kendra’s Scott’s first New York City shop, just opened in Soho, is a great spot to shop for gifts for every occasion. Launched in 2002 in a spare bedroom after Scott’s first son was born, her Texas-based company now has 80 stores worldwide.
L’Occitane en Provence (Fifth Avenue)
555 Fifth Ave., Midtown, Manhattan
L’Occitane en Provence, the high-end French skin care and fragrance line, is best known for its lavender hand and body creams whose natural scents transport its customers to the south of France. For its newly launched two-story flagship in Midtown—a location that’s the antithesis of Provence—L’Occitane lures shoppers through its doors with the promise of even more unmediated experiences. There’s bikes set against a bucolic backdrop of sunflower fields and a virtual-reality tour of southern France by way of a hot-air balloon.
Nordstrom Men’s Store
235 W. 57th St., Midtown West, Manhattan
The Nordstrom Men’s Store is the first full-line Nordstrom shop to open in NYC, part of a large-scale expansion into the City that will include a massive Nordstrom flagship across the street with a Women’s Store, opening in 2019. The Men’s Store spans three levels, highlighted by an all-glass facade that brings in tons of natural light on the corner of Broadway and 57th Street. In addition to a vast selection of clothing and accessories, the store offers all of the services Nordstrom is known for, including onsite alterations and tailoring, personal stylists, same-day delivery and express returns, plus a clubhouse bar, coffee bar and free WiFi.
The Phluid Project
684 Broadway, Noho, Manhattan
Part brick-and-mortar store and part community center, the Phluid Project is a first in New York City (and perhaps the world) in its mission to empower gender nonconforming individuals. Its retail selection of urban-youth comfort clothes range from sweats and tees to sneakers, and there’s even a rave-worthy collection of glittery and iridescent makeup. The proceeds from the Phluid Project’s candle line go to organizations that support LGBTQIA+ communities and youth, including the Trans Women of Color Collective and the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
180 The Store
180 Duane St., Tribeca, Manhattan
It’s difficult to put a label on what 180 The Store actually is. It bills itself as a “unique retail environment” where different brands come to host pop-up shops, presentations, installations and events. The offerings here are so varied, in fact, patrons can come in to shop for clothing, housewares, jewelry, beauty products and some leafy plants or succulents—all from one store. It’s sort of a small-scale, independent department store, which is what the owners were going for. Also worth noting: they promote young, up-and-coming talent who are new to the NYC scene.
81 Greene St., Soho, Manhattan
Unlike its sister store on Bleecker Street, which is solely dedicated to black, white and gray neutral tones, the Soho Anine Bing shop introduces pops of color via the shoes and accessories lining its metal shelves. The brand calls itself a “fusion between Scandinavian heritage and American spirit” and includes everything from delicate silk camisoles and lingerie to motorcycle chic styles like leather biker jackets, ripped jeans and military jackets. The line also features shoes, jewelry and other accessories.
740 Madison Ave., Midtown East, Manhattan
Bottega Veneta’s New York City flagship store takes up three landmark 19th-century townhouses, covering five floors and nearly 15,000 square feet, and is appropriately known as “Maison.” Throughout floors one to four, expect to find the brand’s signature leather pieces, ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Expect exclusive city-inspired accessories that you won’t find at the brand’s other locations. The fifth floor—known as “The Apartment”—is dedicated to Bottega Veneta’s home and furniture collection and has the feel of a private home, with rotating artwork for decor.
17 Bleecker St., Noho, Manhattan
Hatch is more than just maternity clothing; it’s maternity fashion. Founded in 2011 by Ariane Goldman who, after working on Wall Street, saw a void in this area of women’s wear. The brand focuses on clothing for “before, during and after” pregnancy, helping moms to navigate the fashion world with their changing bodies. In addition to selling their popular clothing and accessories, the Noho store prides themselves on being very community-driven, hosting events like a Mother’s Day celebration, chats with experts and inspiring panel discussions.
620 Madison Ave., Midtown East, Manhattan
It’s hard to miss a Mansur Gavriel store—all of them clad in bubblegum pink from top to bottom. And this Midtown East location is no exception. The airy shop, with high ceilings and large, light-filled windows, looks extremely inviting on its Midtown corner. Inside, shoppers will find a neatly organized selection of the Italian company’s ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, bags and other accessories for women, all courtesy of owners Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, who founded the brand in 2012.
41 Elizabeth St., Chinatown
The furniture pieces at Konekt are so stunning they resemble works of art. The company prides itself on taking a modern approach to building while maintaining centuries-old techniques to ensure the highest quality products. Konekt—which was founded by a mother and daughter in 2015—uses natural materials to produce furniture that engages the senses, and embodies all the imperfections and beauty that nature intended. Each piece is made to order by craftsmen and artisans working in Pennsylvania.
80 Wooster St., Soho
Luxury comes at a price that can be prohibitive. If your pockets are not as deep as your high-end tastes, you may be The RealReal’s target customer. This Soho shop is the brick-and-mortar manifestation of its namesake e-retailer’s highly successful online site, which sells secondhand luxury items including jewelry, clothes, handbags, accessories, furniture and art. You can find premium brands from A.P.C. to Zac Posen, and on-staff authenticators ensure that what you see is what you get. While listings are more affordable than the original price, this still doesn’t qualify as bargain shopping.