Fashion insiders’ favourite New York stores

From enchanting vintage emporiums to hip concept stores: the most stylish shopping experiences New York has to offer

The Taschen store is a favourite of Gianvito Rossi
The Taschen store is a favourite of Gianvito Rossi

Gianvito Rossi, fashion designer Downtown New York is my favourite place to shop. I always enjoy picking up some new books from Taschen and then I go to James Perse for good quality, casual wardrobe essentials and Kirna Zabête to buy gifts for my daughter. But I also like to see how things are always changing – even on a short stroll I will discover something new. James Perse, 1128 Madison Avenue (+1917-267 7264; jamesperse.com). Kirna Zabête, 477 Broome Street (+1212-941 9656; kirnazabete.com). Taschen, 107 Greene Street (+1212-226 2212; taschen.com).

Delphine Ninous recommends Assembly for fashion
Delphine Ninous recommends Assembly for fashion

Delphine Ninous, creative director of Belstaff Everything feels possible in New York – I used to live in Williamsburg and I would happily live there again one day. I adore Maryam Nassir Zadeh on the Lower East Side – a concept store with beautiful clothes and jewellery; I love the rawness of the space and how they present things. Assembly, nearby, has labels like Christophe Lemaire, as well as less-known names, mixed in with vintage pieces – it’s all presented in a chalky-white interior. Assembly, 170 Ludlow Street (+1212-253 5393; assemblynewyork.com). Maryam Nassir Zadeh, 123 Norfolk Street (+1212-673 6405; mnzstore.com).

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Phillip Lim, fashion designer SoHo, where you can find everything in a tight radius, is my favourite neighbourhood in the world for shopping. I love If for high-fashion labels you can’t find easily elsewhere, and Modernlink is great for Scandinavian furniture, while Double Knot is a wonderful shop full of vintage and one-of-a-kind carpets. Double Knot, 13 White Street (+212-966 9113; double-knot.com). If, 94 Grand Street (+1212-334 4964; ifsohonewyork.com). Modernlink, 35 Bond Street (+1212-254 1300; modernlink.com).

Zac Posen likes the Neue Galerie for its design store of Biedermeier and Bauhaus-inspired objects
Zac Posen likes the Neue Galerie for its design store of Biedermeier and Bauhaus-inspired objects

Zac Posen, fashion designer I often spend weekend afternoons doing retail research. I visit Kentshire for rare jewellery and antiques and Bardith for the fine,19th-century European porcelain that I covet but would be afraid to actually use. I’ll pop into the JAR fragrance boutique at Bergdorf Goodman, as I love the jeweller’s work and the atmosphere is magical. The Neue Galerie is not only a peaceful, uncrowded place to look at art but also features a wonderful design store full of Biedermeier and Bauhaus-inspired objects. Bardith 135 East 79th Street (+1212-737 3775; bardith.com). JAR at Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue at 58th Street (+1212-872 2874; bergdorfgoodman.com). Kentshire, by appointment, 608 5th Avenue, Suite 800 (+1212-421 1100; kentshire.com). The Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue (+1212-994 9496; neuegalerie.org).

Ruth Chapman recommends the lighting at Lindsey Adelman
Ruth Chapman recommends the lighting at Lindsey Adelman

Ruth Chapman, co-founder of Matchesfashion.com McNally Jackson in SoHo has a wonderful curated bookshop and a gorgeous store for all things drawing and writing just around the corner. I also love visiting Lindsey Adelman, whose lighting is the most beautiful contemporary work I’ve seen; I crave her rope and sea-glass pendant light in my home. Lindsey Adelman Studio, 1 Great Jones Street (+1212-473 2501; lindseyadelman.com). McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street (+1212-274 1160; mcnallyjackson.com). McNally Jackson Goods For The Study, 234 Mulberry Street (+1212-219 2789).

Tabitha Simmons loves the curiosities and costume jewellery at De Vera
Tabitha Simmons loves the curiosities and costume jewellery at De Vera

Tabitha Simmons, shoe designer The Line, on Greene Street, is like walking into someone’s home where everything is for sale. There’s fashion and furniture, art and even bathroom products – I love those by Amayori, which are beautifully packaged. De Vera is another favourite; I can’t walk past. It has amazing curiosities and costume jewellery, and it always feels like you will find something totally unique: two of my best buys have been an antique cameo ring and a turquoise-and-shell bracelet. Everything is beautifully packaged too, and finished with a seal. De Vera, 1 Crosby Street (+1212-625 0838; deveraobjects.com). The Line, 3rd floor, 76 Greene Street, NY 10012 (+1917-460 7196; theline.com).

Francisco Costa is a fan of the midcentury-modern furniture at Wyeth
Francisco Costa is a fan of the midcentury-modern furniture at Wyeth

Francisco Costa, fashion designer In terms of shopping, I’d always choose downtown Manhattan. I love Wyeth for midcentury-modern furniture, Space NK for potions and lotions. Space NK, 99 Greene Street (+1212-941 4200; spacenk.com). Wyeth, 533 Canal Street (+1212-243 3661; wyethome.nyc).

Emilia Wickstead shops for cool urban-designer brands at Fivestory
Emilia Wickstead shops for cool urban-designer brands at Fivestory

Emilia Wickstead, fashion designer New York’s Upper East Side is home to some of my favourite stores anywhere. Michael’s Consignment and Encore are secondhand boutiques that have been there for over 60 years – and, being where they are, they always have exceptionally high-quality clothes. There’s Fivestory New York for cool urban-designer brands in an elegant boutique setting; and Ralph Lauren Children, which is irresistible for dressing my daughter. Encore, 1132 Madison Avenue (+1212-879 2850; encoreresale.com). Fivestory New York, 18 East 69th Street (+1212-288 1338; fivestoryny.com). Michael’s Consignment, 1041 Madison Avenue (+1212-737 7273; michaelsconsignment.com). Ralph Lauren Children, 878 Madison Avenue (+1212-606 3376; ralphlauren.com).

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Joseph Altuzarra, fashion designer My Saturday afternoons are reserved for shopping uptown. I might visit Save Khaki, a pared-down, no-nonsense menswear store, great for high-quality khakis, of course, as well as T-shirts and sweaters. I also love the inspirational visual merchandising at Dover Street Market, a space that’s constantly evolving as it introduces new voices and fashion narratives. I’ll browse in the independent bookshop 192 Books: the selection isn’t endless but the staff are knowledgeable about everything from current fiction to the Russian Revolution. On the way home I’ll stock up on flowers by Miho Kosuda, a floral genius who sells the white flowers and peonies I love. 192 Books, 192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street (+1212-255 4022; 192books.com). Dover Street Market, 160 Lexington Avenue (+1646-837 7750; doverstreetmarket.com). Miho Kosuda, 310 East 44th Street (+1212-922 9122). Save Khaki, 317 Lafayette Street (+1212-925 0130; savekhaki.com).

Erdem Moralioglu, fashion designer I’m a fan of Dashwood Books. It’s a small store near the Bowery Hotel with the best selection of wonderful old and new books on photography. When I’m there, I often buy two copies of books I really like. 33 Bond Street (+1212-387 8520; dashwoodbooks.com).

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