There's definitely no shortage of places to shop in the city, but Manhattan's retail landscape is far from complete. This morning, we heard that Carven has plans to open a stateside flagship, though we're still waiting on Proenza Schouler. And, up until a few months ago, Madison Avenue didn't even have a Céline. (Can you believe it?)
That got us thinking about all the brands we like to shop who don't have their own, stand-alone presence. So, we created a wishlist of ten brands we'd love to see open a New York store sooner rather than later.
A Rodarte flagship doesn't seem likely anytime soon, since lately, the brand has done everything but open up a store—from designing costumes for the New York City Ballet to whipping up a magazine. We don't have any pull here, but maybe one of the Fannings or George Lucas could put in a personal request?
Where to shop in the meantime: Barneys, Bergdorf, Jeffrey, and Opening Ceremony
The need for a stand-alone Rachel Comey store might seem a little uneccesary, since her line is carried in just about every Cool Downtown Girl boutique known to man. But wouldn't one be nice? She recently launched an e-commerce site and a swimwear line, and we're hoping a brick-and-mortar location is next in her game plan.
Where to shop in the meantime: Bird, Creatures of Comfort, Gargyle, Otte, Opening Ceremony, and her upcoming sample sale
Imagine a shop solely dedicated to Loeffler Randall's rubber rain booties, strappy sandals, and printed platforms. The shoe brand's sample sales are always a hit, but we'd love to see all those clogs get a permanent home of their own.
Where to shop in the meantime: Barneys, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale's, Intermix, and Saks
Mara Hoffman's latest lookbook
Visually, a Mara Hoffman boutique might be too much to handle—all those prints would be sensory overload. However, that's a chance we're willing to take (at the expense of what's inside our wallet).
Where to shop in the meantime: Fivestory, Dolce Vita, Poppy, Wink, W Hotel, and more
This week, we did some damage at the Lauren Moffatt sale. This got us thinking that we could definitely make that a habit if we could shop the her collections in a dedicated boutique.
Where to shop in the meantime: Barneys, Cloack & Dagger, 25 Park, Poppy, Steven Alan, and Helianthus
If Eugenia Kim opened her own shop, it could quite possibly be the cute hat shop to end all cute hat shops. Not only would we be able to shop the entire breadth of the line at once, but we bet the hat mannequins would probably look like Kim's logo.
Where to shop in the meantime: Intermix, Barneys, Bergdorf, Arth, Scoop, Saks, Henri Bendel, and more
Karen Walker's Little Aliens eyewear collection
We've never been to one of the five Karen Walker stores in New Zealand, but judging from these photos, they're each decorated with some sort of large animal sculpture. Like her Wellington store, which has two crocodiles hanging from the ceiling, and the one in Auckland with the fluffy dog. We're sure a New York store would follow suit.
Where to shop in the meantime: Anthropologie, Barneys, Cloak & Dagger, Creatures of Comfort, Owen, Pas De Deux, and more.
Judging from Jason Wu's shop-in shops at Bergorf and Saks, a stand-alone boutique would probably be like whatever place you hope to go when you die: Pretty, serene, and filled with everything from delicate, lady-like dresses to embellished hot pants. Plus, maybe his cat would live there, too.
Where to shop in the meantime: Bergdorf, Kirna Zabete, and Saks
The Lake and the Stars
For an idea of what a Lake and the Stars boutique would be like, look no further than the pop-up shop the brand had last November. As our reporter put it, it was a "kaleidoscope of lingerie." In addition to underwear and their signature cut-out stockings, the shop also carried little knick-knacks like undressing nesting dolls and sleepover toothbrushes.
Where to shop in the meantime: Barneys, Creatures of Comfort, America Two Shot, Journelle, Azaleas, and more
Given that everyone and their mother, sister, father, and brother owns at least one pair of J Brands, it's pretty astonishing the brand has yet to open its own store. Now that there's a ready-to-wear line to accompany all that denim, though, a flagship location seems like the next logical step.
Where to shop in the meantime: Barneys, Intermix, Jeffrey, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf, Blush, Henri Bendel, and more