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
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