“There are so many one-off boutiques and interesting shops to explore downtown. The Evolution Store in SoHo is filled with curiosities: mounted butterflies, crystals, beautiful pieces of malachite. You find all kinds of people in there, and the staff are super-friendly.” 120 Spring Street (+1212-343 1114; www.theevolutionstore.com).
“Matter carries interesting new furniture designs – almost everything I own is old as I find it hard to purchase new pieces, but it does an incredible job of curating really great contemporary designers.” 405 Broome Street (+1212-343 2600; www.mattermatters.com).
“Warby Parker is a spectacle and sunglasses store in SoHo. The whole aesthetic is great. Plus, if you buy some glasses there, they give a pair to a child in need.” 161 Avenue of the Americas (+1646-517 5223; www.warbyparker.com).
“An outpost of Dover Street Market opened here a few years ago; it stocks interesting, diverse products, from fashion labels and jewellery to home accessories.” Dover Street Market, 160 Lexington Avenue (+1646-837 7750; newyork.doverstreetmarket.com).
“Another must is The Future Perfect, a furniture and decor store on Great Jones Street. It cultivates and curates a mix of old-school designers – such as Carl Auböck – alongside new artists who make pieces out of, say, four types of coloured marble. It has a fascinating cross‑section of things.” The Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones Street (+1212-473 2500; www.thefutureperfect.com).
“Ursus Books and Prints is probably one of the city’s best bookstores. It has a great selection of art and design books, and if you’re looking for something specific, this store will find it.” 699 Madison Avenue (+1212-772 8787; www.ursusbooks.com).
“Westerlind is quite a new store, really small, selling clothes with an outdoorsy feel, some new and some vintage.” 31 Spring Street (+1212-226 6916; www.westerlindoutdoor.com).
“I personally spend far too much time in The Ludlow Shop, J Crew’s menswear boutique. I have an affinity for men’s trousers; I buy them large on the waist so they fit really straight on the hips and then shorten and taper them.” 50 Hudson Street (+1212-772 3139; www.jcrew.com).
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