Five must-visit shops in New York

No trip to the Big Apple is complete without a visit to these idiosyncratic stores

David Rees and Ron Anderson of jewellery boutique TenThousandThings
David Rees and Ron Anderson of jewellery boutique TenThousandThings | Image: Circe

Handmade jewellery boutique TenThousandThings “The whole point of a jewellery store is to make the designs look good,” says David Rees, surveying the 19th-century ceiling beams and brick flooring of his Tribeca store. His and Ron Anderson’s minimalist yet strikingly sculptural pieces – many of them one-of-a-kind; all of them handmade on site and displayed in custom-crafted Plexiglas boxes – have a loyal client base that includes the fashion pack (Christy Turlington, Inés de la Fressange) and film stars (Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal). Unlike other jewellers who create collections with a story every season, Rees and Anderson focus on finding stones that inspire them – American natural pearls, black opals and rose-cut diamonds are perennial favourites – and, in Anderson’s words, “making the stone the best of itself. Ours is not really a commercial collection, it’s an artisanal one. It isn’t calculated, it’s organic.” RIMA SUQI. Click here to read more about TenThousandThings.

Against Nature’s Pablo Conejero López and Jake Mueser
Against Nature’s Pablo Conejero López and Jake Mueser | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

Tailoring with a twist at Against Nature In the past 10 years New York has become home to a new generation of tailors. Of all of them, Against Nature may be the most Manhattan in attitude, and certainly the most downtown. Its aesthetic combines the spirit of legendary punk-rock venue CBGB with the demeanour of Wall Street, a dash of gothic Victoriana with a little of Mick Jagger’s swagger. “Our philosophy has been to take the things we like from both Savile Row and Neapolitan tailoring and bring them together – the soft shoulder from Naples, and the tapered body, high waist and slim trousers of London,” explains tailor and founder Jake Mueser. The suits are available off the peg (from $1,750), made to measure (from $2,350) and bespoke (from $3,450), and all feature the distinctive Against Nature turned-back and curved “swordsman’s cuff”. MARK C O’FLAHERTY. Find out more about Against Nature here.

Jill Dienst of antiques atelier Dienst + Dotter
Jill Dienst of antiques atelier Dienst + Dotter | Image: Weston Wells
Noah Chaimberg of sauce store Heatonist
Noah Chaimberg of sauce store Heatonist | Image: Dorothy Hong Photography

Antiques atelier Dienst + Dotter Specialising in Nordic pieces from the early baroque period to the present day, Dienst + Dotter in Noho neighbourhood has a collection spanning furniture, lighting, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and objets d’art. Informed by artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, as well as by modernist architectural designer John Pawson, what sets the store apart is the creativity and passion behind the combinations on display. “I love to marry pieces,” says owner Jill Dienst. “A Swedish rococo commode juxtaposed with a midcentury-modern Danish chair, a vignette of extraordinary taxidermy and a 16th-century Dutch painting creates a symphonic feast for the eyes.” Dienst is perpetually on the hunt for rarities across northern Europe, and her stock could include anything from a Kaare Klint chair to a Poul Henningsen pendant light, a 19th-century Danish wicker blombord or an enormous Tage Andersen birdcage. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS.Read more about Dienst + Dotter here.

François-Xavier Schmit and Antonin Baudry of bookshop Albertine
François-Xavier Schmit and Antonin Baudry of bookshop Albertine | Image: Weston Wells

Spicy sauce store Heatonist “On a brain chemistry level, the adrenaline and excitement that come with hot sauce are unique,” says Noah Chaimberg, founder of idiosyncratic Williamsburg store Heatonist, where you can find – and sample at the tasting bar – an intriguing array of chilli-based condiments by independent makers. Lining the walls of the minimalist, white-oak-clad space are enticingly labelled bottles by 60 brands, like Bee Local Hot Honey and Marshall’s Haute Sauce. All the blends are free from preservatives and additives, using natural ingredients that “you won’t have to Google”. But most importantly, the majority of the sauces are handmade in small batches, with no more than 40 gallons produced at a time. “Many of the makers have full-time jobs and do this in the evenings or on weekends, simply because they’re obsessed,” Chaimberg says. MING LIU. Click here to read more about Heatonist.

Opulently appointed bookshop Albertine Tucked inside the historic Payne Whitney mansion near Manhattan’s Museum Mile, this exquisite jewel box of a shop is devoted to books with a tie to French literature. Named after Proust’s object of affection in Remembrance of Things Past, Albertine was conceived as a grand private library, and its interiors are the work of master of opulence Jacques Garcia (sofas in deep green velvet; decorative objects sourced from Paris’s renowned Les Puces; busts crafted by the workshops of the Musée de Louvre; magnificent astronomical ceiling mural). The floor-to-ceiling shelves include everything from philosophy classics by Foucault and de Montaigne and coffee-table tomes on art and fashion, to children’s favourites including Tintin, Asterix and Babar, and rare first editions by the likes of Simone de Beauvoir and Gustave Flaubert. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS. Read more about Albertine here.

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