New York City is saturated with shops. It can be pretty overwhelming to someone that’s not familiar with the NYC shopping scenery. Even with department stores, there can be too many brands to choose from. Also, each neighborhood has its own select shops that sell clothing, furniture or lifestyle accessories. For example, if you want to find some really cool vintage shops, you probably want to check out Williamsburg. If you want a well-known high-end designer piece, then maybe check out 5th Avenue in Midtown or SoHo.

In this article, we’ll let you know about some of the best boutique shopping in NYC. We love boutiques in NYC because each one is curated specifically for their customer. By picking out certain items, boutiques are a great place to go to so you’re not overwhelmed. Here are our favorites.

Where is the Best Boutique Shopping in NYC?

1. Totokaelo in SoHo

The Totokaelo exterior sign in SoHo

Hailing from Seattle, Totokaelo opened up their NYC store in SoHo a few years back. Their collection is thoughtfully curated and stocks women’s and men’s pieces. Some of the brands they carry are Commes Des Garcon, Dries Van Noten and Maison Margiela. It’s not just clothing they sell either. They have lifestyle pieces like plates, small furniture, and what they call, art-objects. (61 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012)

2. Opening Ceremony in SoHo

Opening Ceremony is one of the best places for boutique shopping

Opening Ceremony is a store and a brand itself located in SoHo. The boutique has unique curated items and carries pieces that are geared towards more fashionable consumers so their product might not be for everyone. It’s curated beautifully and if you’re into one of a kind pieces then this store is for you. (Address: 35 Howard St, New York, NY 10013)

3. Vintage Twin in SoHo and UES

Vintage Twin – The name says it all. With a few locations throughout the city (two in SoHo and one in the Upper East Side), Vintage Twin has become the go-to spot for vintage clothing. Some of the most notable representatives of the fashion industry has shopped here. Also, when you buy something from the store, 10 percent of the proceeds go to charity, which changes every month. (543 Broadway, New York, NY 10012)

4. Front Street General Store in DUMBO

This vintage/lifestyle store is located in DUMBO Brooklyn. The Front Street General Store has a rustic and eclectic vibe and the items that they carry reflect that. Most of the clothing are vintage/deadstock items pulled from various parts of the world, mainly from Japan and France. The price ranges here fluctuate as they’ll carry vintage Levis, vintage Yohji Yamamoto, and vintage Commes Des Garcons. They also carry accessories such as jewelry, socks, hats, and gloves. In addition, candles, scents and household items are also sold here. It’s a small store with a lot of options and is definitely worth a visit. (143 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

5. The MoMa Design Store

We guess we’ll call this a boutique store in NYC. If you’ve ever been to the MoMa and loved it, then visit The MoMa Design Store. It’s a really neat place to buy gifts since you won’t be able to find these items here anywhere else. Here, you’ll find awesome prints, decor, furniture, and even jewelry. (11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019)

6. Blue in Green in SoHo

This SoHo boutique carries really special casual menswear pieces. A lot of the product in the store is from Japanese brands. They also carry custom-made jeans. The quality is impeccable. Clothing sold here ranges from your basic T’s, hoodies, to knits and outerwear. Aside from clothing, they also sell vinyl records and music. If you’re in the area, definitely drop-by and even grab yourself a cup of coffee in their in-store coffee counter. Visit Website. (8 Greene St, New York, NY 10013)

7. The Assembly

There are two boutique stores in the United States. One is located here in NYC and the other is on the opposite coast in LA. As a brand and designer itself, The Assembly is starting to make its mark within the fashion industry as well. The brand has a minimalist look and some of the clothing is unisex. The store also carries other brands as well that are hard to find. (170 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002)

8. Schott NYC

Are you looking for amazing leather jackets? Then Schott NYC is the place for you. The quality of their leather is one of the best out there and has that classic American aesthetic that leather jackets are supposed to have. There’s no better place for leather jackets than Schott. I mean, they’ve been doing this since 1913 and the founder, Irving Schott was the first person to make the motorcycle leather jacket called the “Perfecto”. (236 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012)

9. ABC Carpet & Home

Are you into interior design? Then ABC Carpet & Home is the store you want to check out near Union Square. Here you’ll find upscale furniture, carpets, and just random (but, not really) items that could elevate your house or apartment. Also, if you get hungry, go to ABC Kitchen, which happens to be right next door. You probably will get hungry because there are six floors to check out in the main store. (888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)

10. Flying Solo

This store is unique in a way that it is owned and operated by local and independent designers. This number is continuing to climb. Being the fashion industry is tough and finding an outlet to sell to customers is even harder. That’s why Flying Solo was created., It provides a platform for designers to sell their work. They even had their fashion show in Paris! (434 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012)

11. Diane Von Furstenberg

Located in the Meatpacking District, Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) has her boutique, office and her apartment in the neighborhood. If you’re a huge fan of Sex and the City, then this is the store that’s featured in the movie. Here you’ll find the designer’s luxury products such as handbags and shoes for sale.  (874 Washington St, New York, NY 10014)

12. Dover Street Market NYC

Dover Street Market NYC is a boutique located in Midtown East. It’s known to carry exclusive and collaboration items from well known brands such as Nike, Commes Des Garcon, and Willy Chavarria. As a matter of fact, the owner of Dover Street Market is Rei Kawakubo. She is also the founder of the famous clothing brand, Commes Des Garcon. For more information please visit their website here. (160 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016)

13. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Since 2008, Maryam Nassir Zadeh or MNZ has built a pretty big following. The boutique brings in up-and-coming designers including her own designs. As a matter of fact, MNZ has been gaining traction the past few seasons as she has been showing her collections at New York Fashion Week. (123 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002)

14. Bird

Being in business for over 15 years, Bird is a women’s boutique based in Park Slope in Brooklyn. This store is for the fashion-forward and stocks emerging and trendy designers such as Steven Alan and 3.1 Philip Lim. (316 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215)

15. Aime Leon Dore

This boutique has opened up their very first flagship store after finally moving out of their pop-up store that they happened to be in for years. Aime Leon Dore has great pieces for men. Ladies, if you like to wear men’s clothing, definitely stop by this store as well. Just check out their website to see how awesome their collection is. (214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012)

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