10 New York Fashion Favorites
From the Met's Costume Institute to a make-your-own jewelry shop, these 10 picks are bound to inspire.
New and Almost New
Maggie Chan handpicks every accessory and piece of "slightly used" clothing she sells in her Nolita designer consignment and resale boutique. She refuses to stock trendy items and focuses solely on well-made classic formal and casual wear that's affordable (there's virtually nothing over $300) and that never goes out of style. The shop's popularity ensures a constantly changing inventory. Look for monthly sales, when Chan reduces her already low prices by 20-50 percent. 166 Elizabeth St., 212/226-6677.
It's fun to flash fabulous baubles, but it's even more satisfying if you've made the jewelry yourself. In late 2002, Lindsay Cain, who used to make her own versions of designer jewelry, opened a cute store where other DIY types could unleash their own mix-and-match styles. Cain supplies everything you need, including unique beads and semiprecious stones, and sells designer creations, too. Necklaces from $50, earrings from $20, individual stones from $4. 280 Mulberry St., 212/625-1611, femmegems.com.
Still cool after all these years. A longtime model hangout that's worked hard to earn its reputation as one of SoHo's best bars and bistros. The black-and-white minimalist decor is accented with eclectic art, fruity cocktails, and heaping plates of yummy nachos (proof that models do eat!). The kitchen stays open daily to 1 a.m. The see-through unisex bathroom doors are a must-see. 89 Mercer St., 212/274-0989, bar89.com.