Jeffrey New York
449 W. 14th St.
If you like your clothes and shoes runway-hot, but need some chill space while you shop, this swank mini-department store is for you. The airy warehouse (sister to an Atlanta location) brings together fashion staples like Prada and Michael Kors with newer designers like Libertine and Dsquared, then adds hundreds of wait-list-worthy shoes into the mix. (The men’s clothing section may be smaller than the women’s, but the selection is just as impressive.) While Jeffrey offers tons of luxury labels (at luxurious prices), the store is undeniably cooler than the similarly-stocked Bergdorf Goodman or Barneys, thanks in part to the store DJ who spins everything from ‘80s pop to indie rock. Another standout element is the layout and low-pressure ambiance; mellow white aisles allow shoppers to peacefully peruse rack after rack, minus any interruption from the sales staff. The cosmetics section at the store’s entrance is less of a whopper than at the uptown stores, but the absence of hyper-eager salespeople spritzing perfume more than compensates for the relatively slim pickings; featured lines include NARS, Bumble & bumble.