When you want to escape from Long Island for a while, head west for some retail therapy. There’s nothing wrong for opting to spend the day in luxury department stores, like Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman, but there’s something more intimate about shopping in a boutique. These cozy little stores tend to carry unique items that make for one-of-a-kind gifts for friends, family and yourself.
Of course the opportunities are endless—and sometimes overwhelming—once you hit the city. But here are five popular NYC boutiques you should wander into the next time you decide to make the trip.
The Brass Owl, Queens
Astoria may be a go-to destination to find a great restaurant, but it’s also home to this standout vintage boutique. The store, opened by Nicole Panettieri in 2014, sells name brand shoes, as well as pieces from local designers. It’s also a great place to buy gifts with its assortment of trendy jewelry. Go.
The Rack Shack, Brooklyn
Finding the right lingerie can be a major hassle. This boutique in Bushwick is making the struggle much easier, while also providing gorgeous options for a wide range of sizes (28A-38HH). While there, scope out the unique lady sneaker collection. Go.
American Two Shot, Manhattan
Want to drink some espresso while you browse the racks? Then this downtown Manhattan shop is the one to walk into. The fashion-forward store on Grand St., which caters to both men and women, has a Café Integral coffee bar right inside. It’s also filled with bold clothing choices that will grab anyone’s attention. Go.
In Support Of, Manhattan
For those who enjoy wearing designs that probably no one else you know owns, then In Support Of is your store. This unique boutique carries pieces from independent designers, including Allina Liu, House of 950 and Collina Strada, helping to bring fresh designs to everyone’s closet. Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes founded the Meatpacking District shop in 2014 with hopes of also helping charitable causes dear to their heart. Go.
Concrete + Water, Brooklyn
Designs from all around the globe can be found in this boutique nestled in Williamsburg. Bright-colored clothing (for both men and women) and bold prints make the options unique and fun. There are also accessories, shoes and homewares that may keep you browsing for longer than you intended. Go.
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