242 Elizabeth Street, 212-625-0406
Thank heaven for Jane Mayle’s jewel box of a boutique that, after five years, still sells clothes that evoke lots of envious cries of “Where did you get that?” The store has moved down a few doors and grown since its bare-bones beginnings—when stock might have consisted of one dress, a silk camisole, and some lanky flat-front trousers—and it now offers, season after season, one-stop shopping for downtown cool with an eclectic look. You’ll find lace skirts ($415), ladylike silk blouses in beautiful prints and colors ($270 and up), and shrunken knits ($148 and up)—all in a stylishly shabby setting that makes shopping anywhere else seem utterly ordinary.
Best Chic Boutique
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).