Enter Maria Candanoza’s badass boutique, where she sells the coolest collectible books, prints and baubles in the city—affordably. The joint exposes the work of young artists like Candanoza, who aims to provide unique art and kitschy gifts like Statue of Liberty candles ($12), Sparkle Diva mink coozies ($35) and Leonardo DiCaprio tees ($30), which you won’t find anywhere else. And you can meet the artists during in-store meet-ups scheduled each month.
Cruelty-free footwear is no longer a crime against fashion. Moo stocks a variety of brands for men and women, such as Vegetarian Shoes and NOVACAS, plus styles from independent designers such as Elizabeth Olsen, whose arty line of high heels and handbags is anything but hippyish.
The shop caters to the career-minded woman, so instead of cocktail dresses or crop tops, you’ll find more sophisticated items like cocoon tops ($66), alpaca boyfriend coats ($289) and more from international indie labels.
Thrift / Vintage Store in New York, NY, United States
It’s hard not to love a spot that combines our two favorite pastimes—drinking and shopping—and that’s exactly what this Lower East Side bar-boutique does. On the street level of the two-floor emporium, you’ll find a co-op boutique for emerging local designers. The top floor is where you’ll also find the charming dark oak bar, where a hip, young crowd orders bottled Brooklyn Lager ($5), wine by the glass ($8–$9) and specialty cocktails ($10–$12).
Claw Money Starter jackets ($200), graphic tees ($30–$40), and Nike Blazer and Vandal sneakers ($195–$250) are displayed against graffiti-inspired wall art. And the wide selection of throwback Gucci sunglasses ($250) only confirms that the vintage stock is just as dope as the owner.
This self-proclaimed “radical” bookstore and café hosts readings and discussions on health, race, class and sexuality, featuring stellar writers such as graphic novelist Alison Bechdel and Christian-right watchdog Michelle Goldberg.
Expect to see white wooden floors, diffused lighting and rustic details like wooden blocks and potted plants as you shop for goodies such as Ian R.N. sheer, silky V-neck tees ($178); adorable Mandy Coon leather bunny bags with chain straps ($438); and men’s V::room charcoal-gray sweatpants ($178).
Ring the buzzer for access to solid, long-sleeved button-ups ($110) with a small, embroidered red heart and yellow lightning bolt on the front collar, and classic cardigans ($118) with front pockets and the brand name running vertically down the left-front side.