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East Village/Lower East Side/Nolita, New York City

Zarin Fabrics

314 Grand Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 925 6112

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328 and 330 E. 11th Street
Also: 199 Lafayette Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 475 0666

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John Derian Company

6 E. 2nd Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 677 3917

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No. 6

6 Center Market Place
New York City
New York 10013
Tel: 212 226 5759

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Alife Rivington Club

158 Rivington Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 375 8128

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114 Stanton Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 529 2338

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Sigerson Morrison

28 Prince Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 219 3893

Belle Sigerson Morrison

242 Mott Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 941 5239

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Some of the city's most idiosyncratic and memorable shopping can be found in the East Village and the Lower East Side, neighborhoods which so far have remained immune to the plague of chain stores and franchises. Vintage clothing, street wear, and vinyl stores abound, and the narrow, awning-covered streets (particularly around Chinatown) can feel like a bustling Asian market, with noisy vendors and riotous, colorful stores whose wares spill onto the sidewalks.

Canny homemakers and stylists alike flock to Zarin Fabrics, a giant 1930s-era warehouse on the edge of Chinatown stocking high-quality fabric and drapery—from damask to mohair to racy animal prints—at discounted prices. Hunt for the perfect items to complement your draperies at John Derian. Plates, trays, and lamps are decoupaged with vintage prints and old typewritten letters, with French terra-cotta earthenware by Astier de Villatte and taxidermy and art by Hugo Guinness rounding out the eclectic mix.

Guys hungry for that happy medium between preppy and hipster frequent Odin, a men's boutique known for its butter-soft tees and well-curated mix of cutting-edge labels like Rag & Bone and Rogue's Gallery. Their girlfriends and wives flock to Sigerson Morrison, whose shoes are the Jimmy Choos of the downtown set. Also check out their less expensive line, Belle, in a separate storefront around the corner.

For grown-up womenswear with a slightly conceptual bent, you won't want to miss No. 6, a pared-back boutique owned by two friends—a stylist and a vintage collector—who stock designers such as Staerk, Stine Goya, and Christian Wijnants; vintage pieces; and their own line of clothing and shoes in an androgynous Belgian mode. More like a members-only club than a clothes shop (you have to be buzzed in), Alife Rivington is actually two adjacent boutiques where hipsters with deep pockets go to stock up on ironic tees, limited-edition kicks, and hoodies. The vibe is far from thrift store though—the shelves are spotless, the displays immaculate, and an air of quiet reverence prevails. Foley+Carinna, on the other hand, embraces the thrift-store vibe. Infectious dance music plays as you peruse sparkly, lacy garments; oversize costume jewelry; and vintage clothes and shoes. The fashion-forward line of tote bags is worth stopping for as well.

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A Haven For Boutique Shopping - East Ninth Street

I love 9th Street in the East Village for one-of-a-kind boutique shopping. The collection of shops on this street is amazing! Favorites include Meg, Think Closet,... more

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