New York can be a bitch sometimes — especially when it comes to fashion — and it takes talent, chutzpah and probably some serious loans to open up a new store in the city. So it is with some pride that I applaud these pups for making it to the big leagues — here’s hoping they make it to this holiday shopping season and long after.
Emerge NYC, now EDGE*nyNOHO (August 2005) 65 Bleecker St.
Borne of the same inspiration behind the young designer’s market in Nolita, EDGE is basically a massive retail space for a mix of fledgling and emerging designers, from Selma Karaca to Bilingual, to show off their wares. When you’re in the market for birthday and holiday presents, this is a fantastic place to shop for gifts.
Lolli (October 2005) 85 Stanton St.
I first was led to Lolli by way of these candy-colored bags with metal rings that everyone seemed to be carrying around. Then I found the store, which looks like the best vintage find ever, but is actually a blend of vintage and original clothing, all excellent. Best of all? The people who work there are friendly and crazy savvy on vintage, so make this your first stop if you want to know where you can find a vintage dress that looks just like this season’s Hermes.
Mick Margo (December 2005) 19 Commerce St.
Tucked away on a West Village side street, this super-classy boutique will have turned you into the “it” girl in your office, guaranteed. I’m especially fond of the Alexander Wang sweaters and Vena Cava dresses, but their racks are littered with well-tailored feminine pieces that you’ll wear into the ground. Plus, you can go to Milk and Cookies afterwards.
New Castor & Pollux (March 2006) and New Patricia Field (April 2006)
238 W. 10th St; 302 Bowery
These are more movers and shakers than newbies, but definitely worth highlighting. Castor & Pollux’s momentous move to the West Village from Park Slope gave them more room to show off their fantastic selection of 3.1 Philip Lim; while Patricia Field’s cavernous new space on Bowery filled the leopard-print hole in our hearts we never even knew we had.