James Perse is the quintessential West Coast designer, known for his shirt dresses and soft, layerable tees. Now his first East Coast store (411 Bleecker St., nr. W. 11th St.; 212-620-9991) is the latest addition to west Bleecker Street’s array of chic boutiques.
For expectant moms who can’t give up designer frocks, Belly Dance Maternity has Chaiken, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Citizens of Humanity (548 Hudson St., nr. Perry St.; 212-645-3640).
Where are trendy stores in L.A. and New York sending their overstock? Big Mix Outlet (2186 Broadway, nr. 77th St.; 212-874-2518) carries Sass & Bide, Ungaro, and Cacharel at discounted prices ($10 to $200).