Opening Ceremony (35 Howard St.; 212/219-2688) offers men’s and women’s indie labels from around the globe; upstairs is given over to the latest from British cheap-chic fave Top Shop.
For Design Junkies
Unexpected finds—Mio teddy bears, clay furniture by Maarten Baas—are the draw at SoHo’s Moss (150 Greene St.; 212/204-1700).
Kirna Zabête (96 Greene St.; 212/941-9656) is run by two former sorority sisters who hand-pick the latest in women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories, not to mention candy and children’s clothes. In the West Village, glamorous little Castor & Pollux (238 W. 10th St.; 212/645-6572) sells women’s clothes, beauty products, and accessories, many with an equestrian theme.
The London-based skin-care, makeup, and fragrance brand Space NK (99 Greene St.; 212/941-4200) now has an outpost in SoHo.
For Bookish Types
Along with 18 miles of new and used books, The Strand (828 Broadway; 212/473-1452) has great discounts on review copies.
For That Perfect Gift
Besides its exemplary collection of German and Austrian fine and decorative art, the Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Ave., 212/628-6200) has a jewel-like design shop, highlighted by reproductions of turn-of-the-century tableware by Josef Hoffman. Looking for something more affordable?The three-story Pearl River Mart (477 Broadway; 800/878-2446) traffics in all things Asian, from sushi sets and embroidered slippers to lucky bamboo.