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Soho, New York City

Evolution

120 Spring Street
New York City , New York
10012
Tel: 800 952 3195

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Ted Muehling

27 Howard Street
New York City , New York
10013
Tel: 212 431 3825

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Kiki de Montparnasse

79 Greene Street
New York City , New York
10012
Tel: 212 965 8150

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3.1 Phillip Lim

115 Mercer Street
New York City , New York
10012
Tel: 212 334 1160

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Ina

101 Thompson Street
New York City , New York
10012
Tel: 212 941 4757

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Distant Origin

540 Broadway
Suite 308
New York City , New York
10012
Tel: 212 941 0024

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De Vera

1 Crosby Street
New York City , New York
10013
Tel: 212 625 0838

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Downtown Cipriani

376 W. Broadway
New York City , New York
10012
Tel: 212 343 0999

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Concierge.com's insider take:

The area south of Houston has come in and out of fashion over the years, but one thing remains consistent: its high-hip shopping status. Weekends can be chaotic in these parts, between the harried locals, out-of-towners window shopping, and beautiful people clogging the cafés (Downtown Cipriani makes a prime coffee-break spot, if only for the chance to ogle the Euro jet set who frequent it). If possible, visit Soho during the week, when things are quieter and shop attendants aren't quite as preoccupied.

Start on Broadway, worship at the altar of Prada, and work your way over to Sixth Avenue by way of the neighborhood's cobblestone side streets. 3.1 Phillip Lim, an airy, uncluttered space, highlights the architectural dresses and diaphanous cardigans of one of the city's biggest design stars. For something a little racier, head to Kiki de Montparnasse, an upscale lingerie and "intimacy products" store that feels like the parlor of a particularly sophisticated dominatrix. Ina is the place to go for near-new designer wear like Chanel and Balenciaga that's often only a season out of date (sometimes less).

Natural history buffs will love Evolution, where every kind of fossil, bone, skull, medical model, and animal skin can be found, as well as less startling specimens like tribal art and seashells. Continue the theme at Distant Origin, where you'll find antler-based table lamps, zebra-skin poufs, and fur throw pillows mixed with Lucite stag heads, Fortuny silk lamps, and black glass chandeliers. Further east, drop in on Filipino jeweler Federico de Vera, whose madcap shop is filled with interesting antiques like Khmer sculptures, ivory combs, tortoiseshell boxes, and blown-glass insects. Moss feels like a small museum with carefully curated items that run the gamut from porcelain busts to Scandinavian side tables. You'll find more classic pieces at Ted Muehling's small shop on Howard Street, on the neighborhood's southeast fringe. The delicate silver and gold pieces include slightly asymmetrical oval bangles and earrings resembling grains of rice.

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