As the beating heart of New York City, Manhattan is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important fashion meccas. Its vibrant shopping scene reflects this global reputation, with large numbers of visitors travelling here for long weekends of retail therapy, while its fashion conscious residents ensure the cutting edge vibes spill out onto the streets from the myriad of upscale stores to be found here.
Manhattan’s boutiques are dotted across the borough and include everything from the most iconic luxury fashion labels to one-off, independent stores. To help you navigate the myriad of shopping opportunities to be found here, we’ve picked out 20 of the best boutiques Manhattan has to offer.
With its high quality collection of Italian leather goods made for women by women, POP BAG more than any other Manhattan boutique puts female empowerment at the forefront of its mission. Founded in Florence by Sara Lin, the brand’s flagship New York store invites discerning shoppers to express their individuality by designing your own unique looks in four simple steps, including choosing your piece’s front and back panels, its colourful handles and straps, and other customisations. Each bag’s panels are designed to fold up easily in your suitcase, so you can create different looks while on the road, rather than constantly mixing and matching – all intended to meet women’s needs.
LOCATION Kiosk, K6, 10 Columbus Circle 2nd Floor
Right in the heart of Soho is everyone’s fave feminist brand’s NYC flagship. Packed to the gills with a mix of trendy and modern menswear inspired pieces like coveralls and suiting, the Wildfang store offers instagrammable moments, stellar service, and a unique product mix. Not to be missed is their ever-changing marquee that offers everything from comedic commentary to witty responses on the latest news.
LOCATION 252 Lafayette Street
Creel & Gow
When it comes to eccentricity, there are few Manhattan stores to compare with Creel and Gow. The brainchild of avid collector and world traveller Jamie Creel, the eclectic décor shop sells a mind-boggling assortment of responsibly sourced curios, natural specimens, handicrafts and antiques, all personally unearthed by Mr Creel and his team. The setting is no less impressive, located within the former stables of a historic townhouse. But it’s the trinkets to be found inside that are the real draw, with highlights including vintage narwhal tusks, stuffed birds, ostrich eggs, rare minerals, and even deconstructed lobsters under bell jars.
LOCATION 131 East 70th Street
Through the Jussara Lee Sustainable Luxury Business Model, the brand avoids polluting and waste at all costs. Their unique model fosters a shift in the way that people consume fashion. Hand-tailoring, local production, biodegradable materials, natural dyes, mending services, and a Hand Me Up collection of transformed existing clothes are all part of their efforts to fit into a circular economic model where the least amount of resources are consumed and waste is given a new purpose. They also host a number of community engagement events that allow clients to develop a closer connection to their clothing through zero-waste practices.
LOCATION 60 Bedford Street
Olive & Bette’s
Part of Manhattan’s retail furniture for more than two decades, Olive & Bette’s snug, colourful stores draw a steady stream of fashion lovers seeking out the latest trends in women’s apparel and accessories. Each of the four shops feature newly discovered products and collections and products from silk apparel and patterned maxi dresses to casual tops and, pool party shorts, bikinis, and tank tops. Several in-store charity sales are also held throughout the year.
LOCATION 158 Spring Street
Trunk Show Designer Consignment
Situated in the bustling Manhattan neighbourhood of Harlem, this popular consignment store is home to high-quality, second-hand vintage apparel and accessories for men and women. Featuring everything from simple totes to lavish cocktail dresses, the shop is also a passionate champion of sustainability through the reuse and maintenance of high-profile designer items
LOCATION 275-277 West 113th Street
With its regularly rotating stock and designer clearance/sample sales, Clothingline offers one of Mantattan’s most budget-friendly boutique shopping experiences. With an emphasis on thrift, the showroom regularly sells men’s and women’s fashion items and accessories at up to 80% of their normal retail prices, with both up-and-coming designers and well established fashion labels well represented.
LOCATION 261 West 36th Street
Pookie & Sebastian
A chic, fashion-forward boutique, Pookie & Sebastian have been selling cutting edge women’s apparel and accessories, to Manhattan’s dedicated fashionistas for almost 15 years. The family-owned store has grown to become a major destination on the borough’s retail landscape with its broad range of trendy products including dresses, jewellery and footwear.
LOCATION 794 Lexington Avenue
A quirky family-owned women’s fashion boutique, Liana became a Manhattan hit soon after opening its doors almost four decades ago on the Upper East Side. Known for its personal styling service and highly curated clothing and accessories collections, the store effortlessly achieves its aim of inspiring women to find their inner style and beauty.
LOCATION 324 Columbus Avenue
Perched on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Blue Tree opened its doors in 2005 and received initial attention thanks to the identity of its owner – the former actress Phoebe Cates Kline. The boutique store’s reputation then quickly grew in its own right thanks to its assortment of high-end women’s clothing, jewellery, antiques, perfumes, candles, art, photography, vintage LPs, and even stuffed animals, earning it notable praise in no less than the New York Times newspaper as a “little oasis of downtown aesthetic at Ladies Who Lunch prices”.
LOCATION 1283 Madison Avenue
Dejavu Boutique and Art Gallery
Combing upscale women’s fashion with tailoring services and a fine-arts space upstairs, Dejavu Boutique & Art Gallery is one of Manhattan’s most boutiques. A staple of Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side since 2003, the space was once frequented by Andy Warhol and today showcases hand-picked specialty garments from renowned fashion designers along with art pieces by acclaimed artists.
LOCATION 223 East 60th Street
A quaint, contemporary women’s boutique, ShiShi stocks a small but perfectly formed collection of cosy-chic casual and party clothes, including sweater dresses, tunics, jumpsuits, exposed-shoulder tops, wide cowl-neck knits and leather jackets, all for affordable prices. The store also houses several jewellery pieces from overseas designers and chic scarves.
LOCATION 2488 Broadway
Operating out of its downtown studio and factory, VEDA is the brainchild of Texas-born Lyndsey Butler who launched the brand in 2008 with the aim of creating the perfect leather jacket. Today her clothing line has expanded beyond its leather roots, featuring a full ready-to-wear collection and other cool seasonal pieces on display at her flagship SoHo store. Highlights include the V. for Veda collection, a core capsule of leather classics.
LOCATION 271 Canal Street Floor 5
Anthom’s SoHo clothing store showcases ethical and sustainable women’s fashion, shoes & accessories by a range of emerging designers. Founded in Washington DC in 2013, the brand’s initial success enabled it to expand to the Big Apple, where its 3,000 square foot retail space houses an assortment of sophisticated yet wearable pieces all designed to elevate a woman’s confidence.
LOCATION 25 Mercer Street
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Since opening the doors to her Lower East Side store in 2008, Maryam Nassir Zadeh has gained something of a cult-like following within the indie fashion scene. Her white-brick walled showroom displays a curated selection of women’s designer clothes by up-and-coming independent designers, as well as her own stylish collection of clothing and footwear.
LOCATION 123 Norfolk Street
Assembly New York
Nestled in the Lower East Side, this contemporary-cool boutique store stocks clothing, vintage items and eye-catching objets d’art from a wide range of indie and avant-garde brands. In addition to their own label, they also focus on showcasing international and independent designers who place a strong emphasis on craft and design as an ethos.
LOCATION 170 Ludlow Street
Co-founded by two sisters, this simple but stylish shop focusses on contemporary, gender neutral womenswear and accessories along with handpicked wardrobe staples featuring natural fibres and modern silhouettes. Its collections include pieces by vintage and modern independent designers, with its vintage denim collection in particular gaining a huge fan base in recent times.
LOCATION 337 East 9th Street
The Frankie Shop
Housing a heady mix of its own line and renowned brands, this upscale but affordable store is the go-to retail space for budget-conscious fans of unfussy, minimalist fashion styles in New York. Classic shapes and timeless touches define the shop’s collections, which eschews the traditional elitism of high-end fashion by bringing luxury to the masses.
LOCATION 100 Stanton Street
From its legendary bags to its iconic footwear, Mansur Gavriel is renowned among fashion fans across New York and beyond. After starting life in 2012 as an online store, the brand’s first bricks-and-mortar outlet has taken the brand from strength to strength, with the sleek space featuring a heady mix of colourful, arts-inspired, Italian-produced leather bags and shoes. In recent years the brand has also launched its first collection of men’s accessories.
LOCATION 134 Wooster Street
Selling fashion-forward clothing by independent & small-scale designers, Ekavi Boutique employs a personal in-store stylist who provides an exclusive one-to-one shopping experience for all clients. The store’s clothing lines are hand-picked mainly from independent European and American designers, with many styles made to order specifically for the boutique.
LOCATION 886 2nd Avenue
By Paul Joseph