18 E. 69th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-288-1338
This skillfully curated Upper East Side boutique features the latest eccentric trends and designers. Despite the name, the boutique has only two floors, but each is packed with brightly colored clothes, home furnishings, distinctive jewelry, and shoes. Men can find seasonal attire, much of it with a preppy twist, such as DelToro’s famous mustachioed velvet slippers, patterned and classic suits and dress shirts, straw hats and limited edition Nike sneakers. For women there are brightly colored party dresses, stacked platform heels with daring designs, and an ornate collection of jewelry. A range of bold accessories are displayed together—vintage Hermès, Maison Michel and then jewelry from newer designers like Dannijo are all featured side by side.
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The Next Opening Ceremony
Dagny + Barstow
264 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 212-675-2346
The selection skews young and strange at this airy shop. Think alien-print blouses from Australian designer Emma Mulholland and forest-motif trousers by Mother of Pearl. Rotating art exhibits drive home the O.C. vibe.
9 of 10
ABC Carpet & Home, 88 Broadway, at 19th St., mezzanine level; 212-473-3000
Earth-friendly fashion comes in many forms: organic fabric, handsewn details, local production. But rarely do you see them all in one place, as with the new bazaarlike apparel floor at ABC Carpet & Home. Here, embroidered vintage caftans top driftwood tables, handcrafted Pamela Love pendants and Artemas Quibble leather messenger bags fill antiqued cabinets, and eco-luxe John Bartlett striped shirts hang near crystal chandeliers. Naturally, there’s a premium on sustainability: Prices hover at the steep end with the shop’s bigger-name labels, including Libertine and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen.
10 of 10
Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-826-8900
The luxury retailer has been luring shoe obsessives for years. But it wasn’t until last summer’s shoe-floor overhaul that resistance proved truly futile. The renovation more than doubled the size of the salon to 22,000 square feet; its new gallery-like layout, a brainchild of Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman and high-end design firm Yabu Pushelberg, showcases exclusives from Narciso Rodriguez and Manolo Blahnik on literal pedestals. Most notably, the atmospherics—mohair-and-velvet seating, Italian marble walls, Macassar ebony tables—offer a shopping experience as chic as the shoes themselves.