Jenna Lyons picks her favourite New York shops

J Crew’s president and creative director on the retail outlets she reveres

Jenna Lyons at her home in New York
Jenna Lyons at her home in New York | Image: Weston Wells

“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).

The Evolution Store in SoHo
The Evolution Store in SoHo

“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).

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“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).

Matter stocks interesting furniture by fantastic contemporary designers
Matter stocks interesting furniture by fantastic contemporary designers

“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).

Warby Parker's old-school SoHo shop
Warby Parker's old-school SoHo shop

“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).

New York branch of Dover Street Market
New York branch of Dover Street Market

“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).

The Future Perfect offers a well curated selection of classic designers and modern artists
The Future Perfect offers a well curated selection of classic designers and modern artists

“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).

Ursus Books & Gallery on the Upper East Side
Ursus Books & Gallery on the Upper East Side

“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).

The Westerlind store in SoHo
The Westerlind store in SoHo | Image: Kenneth Edwards

For more of Jenna Lyons’ personal recommendations, click here.

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