- Spiritual America
5 Rivington St., nr. Bowery; 212-960-8564
After moving her art gallery, Thierry Goldberg, down the street, Claire Lemetais began curating womenswear in the original storefront. The result: an unrivaled edit of pieces at once on-trend and wearable. While one rack might host a drapey Vanessa Bruno dress ($379) beside a printed Uzi top ($75), another might showcase local designers like Mociun and Dusen Dusen. In a downtown galaxy of shops like Creatures of Comfort and Maryam Nassir Zadeh, whose sack-shaped dresses often run into the thousands, Lemetais offers a designer-savvy option that won’t take you for all you’re worth.
Best Women's Boutique
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).