6 at Astor Pl.; L at Third Ave.; N, R, W at 8th St.-NYU
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This orderly East Village boutique stocks sleek, impeccably made office garb for men and women. Pale blue walls, exposed brick, and a burst of lilies at the register create an inviting atmosphere, and jazz plays overhead. The thirties-through-sixties-inspired women’s and men’s apparel lines opposite sides of the narrow shop in a spectrum of patterns and colors. Knee-length silk and silk chiffon dresses model simple silhouettes and pleated skirts, while wool pencil skirts, cropped jackets, sheer button-down blouses, and blazers round out the selection. Opposite, men’s sport coats, cotton button-downs in a range of pastel shades, and retro wool and linen pleated trousers provide versatile work-to-weekend ensembles. Wooden bookshelves near the entryway bear vintage oxford Hush Puppies to complete the dapper look.
There are plenty of examples of the snap style from the forties, alongside the more ornate tiger’s eye and oversize jade versions.