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F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.
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As one of the first trendy clothing stores to set up shop on the Lower East Side in 1992, well before gentrification set in, Terri Gillis’s women's boutique has long been a shopping destination for downtown fashion-hounds. Inside the graffiti-covered storefront, chandeliers and velvet toile wallpaper create a fun, girlish environment for browsing through threads by independent and lesser-known designers. Galvin has a curator's eye for the must-have pieces of the moment, particularly dresses. That means lace-trimmed, silk Lauren Moffat frocks; dark, urban-chic selections from Daryl K; and work-to-drinks-appropriate options from Rachel Mara. Women who prefer denim will discover a healthy pile, including punky and affordable Cheap Monday jeans. Delicately handcrafted jewelry is located near the cash register, while difficult-to-find Freitag bags made from recycled materials (like truck tarpaulin) line the floor and shelves. Shy shoppers should beware before trying anything on, though: The diaphanous dressing-room curtains are more for decoration than privacy.