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Nepenthes New York
Mon-Sat, noon-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm
Nearby Subway Stops
A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station; A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal; 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.
With an inconspicuous sign out front, this cool-kid garment-district store houses Engineered Garments and Needles—two Japanese-designed cult labels with a quirky reinterpretation of American heritage clothing. While walls exhibit art that changes monthly, the store’s racks are lined with traditional workwear that’s suited to the street. From Engineered Garments’ bold-hued field jackets to Needles’ color-blocked cowboy shirts, this is functional clothing with flourish, where exceptionally constructed pieces boast offbeat details (Hawaiian patterns, extra-long cuffs) and materials (tech fabrics). The second floor echoes this experimental spirit by hosting pop-up shops of hard-to-find streetwear brands.