LIFESTYLE GUIDE: NEW YORK #4 - SHOPPING
This 4th and final chapter of our New York Lifestyle Guide focuses on something that New Yorkers do extremely well: shopping, retail and merchandising.
Read on for our favorite brands and shops for clothing, accessories, beauty (and a wild card) in Manhattan and beyond.
Curated luxury fitness and fashion, Bandier's Flatiron flagship is always one of our 1st stops in New York to check out new brands, cool collabs and unique in-store activations. Some current favs at the top of our wish lists include P.E Nation, Ultracor and Heroine. And don't miss the top notch programming at "modern fitness studio" Studio B upstairs from the shop.
Doing Things Daily
Functional activewear Outdoor Voices needs little by way of introduction. Lena Dunham's a fan, Man Repeller's previously work-out resistant Leandra Medine has partnered with the brand and pretty much every Inside/Out community member owns at least one piece. The cuts are flattering for a variety of body types, the brand ethos is playful and the fabrics technical and performance-friendly. We especially like their OV kits and identifiable color ways. Game changer.
Technical Clothing for Every Day Life
More than a clothing line, ADAY's mission is to rethink and simplify the modern wardrobe, through the use of technologically advanced fabrics, season-less staples, versatile designs and sustainability. The young and dynamic team hails from brands like J.Crew, Everlane and Ikea. The collections are available online or by appointment in their Soho studio showroom.
Modern basics. Radical transparency.
Everlane seeks out the best factories worldwide to develop relationships with the owners to ensure that integrity and workplace compliancy paperwork accompany the products that they create and distribute. A predominantly online distribution keeps costs down and full price transparency is revealed to customers. Their collections are tightly edited and rolled out conservatively, elimininating waste (but inducing wait lists). There is now a brick and mortar shop in Soho. Be sure to visit it next time you're in town.
LULULEMON & LULULEMON LAB
Breathe easy, it's on us.
Undeniably the pioneer of the luxury yoga gear movement, Lululemon now has a vast product offering that covers sports and activities from running to studio to swim with a strong focus on both women's and men's product lines. Also a purveyor of the athleisure movement - and the unfortunate rise of Wunder Unders at shopping centers and airports worldwide - Lulu also has more fashion forward line now, called the Lululemon Lab, located in a storefront in the heart of the Bond, Bleeker and Layfayette fitness axis. Lululemon's Flatiron flagship is also home to HUB seventeen, a café, co-worker and studio space dedicated to community, events and workshops.
We have so much praise for this brand in terms of both product and messaging.
Athleta proposes a wide range of products for sports and street at relatively reasonable prices; silhouettes intended to flatter and and suit different body types and all ages; and long lasting fabrics with an emphasis on both performance and sustainability. Plus an excellent roster of free classes in their community-oriented hubs (currently over100 stateside), including one in Soho and another in - you guessed it - the Flatiron.
Beauty is wellness. Wellness is beauty.
CAP Beauty is all-natural beauty store and spa in the West Village, founded by Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima Morisse.
From Moon Juice to Vintner's Daughter, CAP's product range showcases the best brands and trends on the market, for treatments they worked with San Francisco-based holistic skincare expert Kristina Holey and their in-shop talks and workshops are a must.
Read more about Pamer and DiPrima Morisse in our Inside/Out Expert profile here.
Beauty in real life.
The offspring of Emily Weiss' wildly successful blog IntoTheGloss.com, Glossier is a beauty brand created by beauty editors to celebrates "real girls, in real life" through a steadily growing product line with an emphasis on skincare essentials and uncomplicated make-up staples.
The full collections is available online as well as at their shop on Lafayette Street.
Shen is another great destination for natural and niche beauty, this time on Court Street in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens neighborhood.
Founded in 2010 by Jessica Richards, a California native and fashion stylist, this specialty beauty emporium boasts a wide selection of organic lines and exclusive imports. Shen also offers facials, makeup application, waking and brown shaping - providing an excellent way to sample products before purchase.
Additionally, Richards is the senior beauty merchant for Free People, overseeing the brand's stellar buy of natural wellness products.
We also love Credo, Space NK (between boutique and Sephora) and Naturopathica for both treatments and products.
Of the Highest Odor
A loose reference to a shrine or temple (as opposed to the genus of mosquito associated with he Zika virus) West Village luxury perfume shop Aedes has been a reference for high-end and hard to find olfactory delights since 1995.
With a product offering that spans fragrance, home, bath/body and skin, take your time and don't hesitate to ask for help.
From Astier de Villatte to the Cinnamon Projects x Apparatus incense collaboration (above), for a gift or a splurge, you've come to the - quintessential New York - right place.
THE ALCHEMIST'S KITCHEN
Plant Power for Conscious Living
The Alchemist's Kitchen strikes a perfect balance of past-future, i.e., woo-woo remedies, tinctures and medicines but in a space that feels fresh, grounded in science and just the right amount of sophistication.
There is a café serving everything from golden milks to kombucha, a plant medicine bar, and the merch includes books, tarot cards, beauty products and smudge sticks.
THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE NEW YORK
A Carefully Considered Canvas
In a retail hybrid that evokes Colette x Corso Como, The Line is a modern and impressively edited concept that includes fashion, home, beauty and even office items laid out in a strategically itinerant way in a bright and lofty floor through apartment in Soho.
The selection is thematic and seasonal, all the while focusing on products that are both timeless, meaningful and of the highest quality.
We were introduced to this discreet shop in Chinatown by upcoming Inside/Out New York Community member Ashleigh Hults.
An occult cult destination, Magic Jewelry sells a wide selection of crystals and stones, but the true draw are their aura readings.
For just $20 and about 10 minutes, Magic Jewelry staff will turn out a photograph using a process said to capture each person's natural electric field and then perform an interpretation accompanied by a cup of tea.
Modern Urban Mysticism
Although native New Yorker Pamela Love is yet to open a shop of her own, her conscious and cosmic designs are readily available city-wide, including her fine jewelry line at Barneys NY and a collaboration with Shinola at their Tribeca flagship.
A deeply spiritual person, Love's cites astronomy, astrology, alchemy, botany and architecture among her inspirations.
Stay tuned for more about this conscious creator. We'll be featuring her soon in our Experts section.
Well in the Shell
"Quite simply: the perfect suitcase." Such is the claim of luggage brand Away. Indeed, the product line has been developed as a result of hundreds of travel stories and suggestions from friends, designed for the way that people actually travel. This translates as built-in USB chargers, tough shells and practical interior compartments packaged up in attractive, aesthetically minimal shells.
Similar to Everlane, Away sells direct-to-consumer, allowing for premium materials at a lower price that other luxe luggage brands. All products carry a lifetime guarantee.
Shop their collection, collaborations and curated travel essentials in their only flagship on Crosby Street.
Also on Crosby Street, check out 97, a new store and wellness center in a quite, airy space offering ethically made fashion, beauty and objects as well as workshops and private treatments including reiki, health coaching, meditation circles and holistic facials. (We are saving up to splurge on session with magical Melanie Herring).
The City is Your Playground
Neither the sexiest nor the newest spot on our list, the Paragon superstore just north of Union Square is demurs nevertheless as a key destination for all things sports, athletic and wellness activities related.
They also offer free fittings and tune ups on equipment and host free workouts, group hikes near the city, triathlon trainings and more.