Spring has sprung in The Big Apple, and as New Yorkers begin to peel back their winter layers, the sartorially savvy embrace the new season of style. Join them at these top shops racking urban gear for summer.
Creatures of Comfort
Minimalist leaning vixens will find all their wardrobe essentials at Jade Lai's fashion-forward edit of fashion, accessories and footwear. Delightful though the Parisienne lip gloss and Moroccan knick-knacks are, the real draw is the day wear by emerging international designers. Pick up simple cotton tees and curve-hugging denim; linen boyfriend blazers and colour-pop shoes by the house label plus Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto and Araks.
Occupying an airy white-washed shophouse, this Seattle-import is taking Lower Manhattan by storm, with its lineup of avant-garde names including Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, Jacquemus and Acne Studios. If the sleek stash of fash doesn't blow your socks off, the sprawling shoe collection and denim cache will.
Channel your inner LA gal at this expertly curated one-stop shop specialising in floaty floral frocks, jumpsuits and separates, all sustainably made. Many designs take their cue from vintage flea-market finds, while items like the simple tanks are produced from end-of-stock materials. Limited edition pieces are snapped up quick, so buy when you spy.
The Apartment by The Line
Float inside this dreamy NYC loft for an array of modish women's apparel, plus artisan-made furniture and boudoir objects. Silky slips by Silhouette, monochrome Vince basics, contempo Proenza Schouler robes and Totême trenchcoats entice, but you’ll also find a covetable stash of lush Loewe leather satchels, gold n’ silver Sophie Buhai bijoux and Albertus Swanepoel hats. Book ahead by private appointment to be navigated through it all. Dream.
Concrete + Water
Big-name brands are eschewed for a neat selection of indie and up n’ comers at this Scandi-esque style emporium in Brooklyn. The tropics meets the metropolis via funky mix n’ match prints and edgy silhouettes by the likes of YMC, Wood Wood, Fort Standard and Han Kjøbenhavn (plus cult Euro labels like hot-right-now Ganni and Anne Thomas). Shop to it!
Creatures of Comfort / 205 Mulberry St / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 9251005 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / creaturesofcomfort.us
Totokaelo / 190 Bowery / Lower Manhattan / +1 844 868 6523 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, till 6pm Sun / totokaelo.com
Reformation / 39 Bond St / Lower Manhattan / +branches / +1 855 756 0560 / 11am-8pm Mon-Sat, till 7pm Sun / thereformation.com
The Apartment by The Line / 3/F / 76 Greene St / Lower Manhattan / +1 917 460 7196 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun / theline.com
Concrete + Water / 485 Driggs Ave / Brooklyn / +1 917 909 1828 / noon-8pm Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm Sat-Sun / concreteandwater.com