It’s no secret that New York City boasts some of the best shopping in the world. Those seeking retail therapy head to areas like Fifth Avenue where an array of luxury boutiques can be found within walking distance of each other. You’ll certainly get your fix hitting the racks at these well-known retailers, but for a truly quintessential NYC shopping experience, we suggest independently owned stores. These small, expertly curated shops offer unique goods often made by local designers and artists. Here are five indie boutiques in NYC that every shopping junkie should have on their radar.
Creel and Gow, 131 E 70th St
Located in the former stables of a historic, Governor Atterbury’s townhouse on the Upper East Side, Creel and Gow is an avid collector’s dream come true. Owners Jamie Creel, and Christopher Gow, who worked at Sotheby’s, search the globe for unique and beautiful objects to put on exhibition in their stunning boutique. You’ll find everything from mounted blue coral, taxidermy, and skulls made of crystal to vintage furniture, striking placements handmade in Columbia, and authentic Moroccan rugs. It’s like a luxurious cabinet of curiosities.
Space Cowboy Boots, 234 Mulberry St
Where the city’s cowboys come out to play, this Nolita shop has all you need to perfect that urban-western style. With over thirty years experience under their finely polished silver belt buckles, owners Jaylin Ramer and Paul Greyshock have built Space Cowboy Boots around a selection of handmade, high-quality merchandise selling brands such as Old Gringo, Liberty Boots, American Hat Co., Comstock Heritage as well as the shop’s brand, Planet Cowboy.
Cloak & Dagger, 334 E 9th St
When Brookelynn Starnes couldn’t find well-made clothes that were comfortable yet stylish, she took matters into her own hands and launched Cloak & Dagger in 2006. Over a decade later and Cloak & Dagger is now considered one of the most chic and innovative indie labels born out of NYC. In 2009, Cloak & Dagger opened a brick and mortar boutique in the East Village. In addition to its namesake line, Cloak & Dagger sells exclusive clothing, jewelry and accessories by designers such as Elizabeth & James, Samantha Pleet, Mociun, and Karen Walker.
American Two Shot, 135 Grand St
All the cool kids hang out at this gallery, boutique and coffee bar located in SoHo. Stephanie Krasnoff and Olivia Wolfe founded American Two Shot as a sort of an art and fashion hub to feature work by their friends, hence the boutique’s tag line “city of friends.” In addition to chic clothing and accouterments for women and men, you’ll find cool stationery, notebooks, and candles.
The Apartment by The Line, 76 Greene St
The Apartment by The Line was constructed on the belief that you should live a life in which you look and feel good. Having nice things helps, apparently. Each piece of merchandise in the store was selected because there is a story behind it. From clothing by Protagonist, Lemaire, and Gabriella Hearst to amazing coffee table books and linens by Tenfold New York, the store is stocked with gorgeous objects to help you achieve a modern, balanced, and beautiful existence.
And vintage shopping in Williamsburg is a fun way to spend an afternoon.