Believe it or not, New York still has a romantic side. Nolita (North of Little Italy) is the cosier cousin of SoHo – fashion forward and soulful but with an old-school Manhattan vibe and a cluster of local shops. Centred around St Patrick’s Basilica and the Elizabeth Street Garden, and with a mix of coffee shops and little old ladies who have been here since the 1960s, it feels faintly European; offering a little oasis of calm in the chaos of the city. As to the look? Here, artfully dishevelled is the name of the game if you want to fit in with the swarms of models and fashion bloggers who treat the graffiti murals on Mott Street as Insta-worthy backdrops to their equally eclectic looks.
Around the corner from their flagship bookshop where anything worth reading is sold, is the brand’s pictureroom store, kitted out as a tiny, carefully curated boutique selling the best prints in town. Pick up vintage posters and prints that go from a few dollars to thousands. There are also cool art objects, house plants and hand-made gifts.
234 Mulberry Street
As eclectic as the neighbourhood itself, the New York outpost of this renowned fashion company is the premier venue for collectible vintage and historical clothing. Everyone from Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian to Julia Roberts has worn pieces found on rails here. Rummage long enough and you’re sure to find a show-stopper.
45 Great Jones Street
As sister store to the East Village tattoo parlour, New York Adorned, you might well expect the jewellery here to be of the skull and crossbones variety. In fact, it’s delicate, dainty and downright desirable.
269 Elizabeth Street
As the name suggests, the vibes at this concept store are comforting and relaxed, combining surf culture and a hippy beach lifestyle with ethical men’s and womenswear alongside niche homeware.
181 Mott Street
Perhaps not your average weekend shopping haunt, this architectural hardware shop boasts some of the finest interior accessories – from Georgian doorknobs to modern cabinet hinges, paperweights and silverware – in the country.
55 Prince Street