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: Crème/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design
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: Architecture at Large
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: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design
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
Project: Calliope
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: Carol A. Wilson Architect
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: Christian Lahoude Studio
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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