6 Standout Shops in New York City

Worldwide shopping fits in 300 square miles thanks to these sleek New York retail hot spots.

1. Firm:

Project: TAGS

Site: NoLIta

Standout: To reflect its West Hollywood, California roots, this shop is designed like an intimate walk-in closet with rich but simple concrete flooring, leather accents, and custom millwork.

2. Firm:

Project: Gentle Monster

Site: SoHo

Standout: The 1,500-square-foot flagship of this Korean eyewear brand directs customers around the space through sleek geometric displays by recent collaborator Rafael de Cárdenas.

3. Firm:

Project: Quiet Storms

Site: Williamsburg

Standout: Offering contrast to the geometric pieces from emerging designers at this Brooklyn jewelry store, billowing custom made artificial silk and chiffon curtains in soothing blue and cream frame dyed plywood displays topped with an oil-based lacquer.

4. Owners: Caroline and Michael Ventura


Site: Meatpacking district

Standout: Reclaimed ash bookshelving and sliding iron and pine doors at this hand-plucked artisanal goods shop mirror the original oak floor preserved from its history as an 1880s chandlery.

5. Firm:

Project: Sarajo

Site: SoHo

Standout: To protect the reds, greens, and blacks of ancient Asian, South American, and African one-of-a-kind selects from fading, the gallery-shop hybrid faces north and features controlled lighting and maple and Homasote storage.

6. Firm:

Project: Josefinas

Site: NoLIta

Standout: A peach palette, curvaceous forms, nature references, and handmade craftsmanship define the first brick-and-mortar boutique for the upscale Portuguese women’s shoe brand. Read our full story on the Josefinas shop here.

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