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Elizabeth Street between Houston and Prince is quite possibly the city's most stylish block, helped by a trio of distinct, but impactful, store openings in 2013. Alex Mill, Claire Vivier, and Figue all opened on the block in the second half of the year, joining the already stellar line up of Love Adorned, Dolce Vita, Condor, Thomas Sires, and plenty more. After the jump, get to know the newcomers.
Clare V., 239 Elizabeth St: LA-based handbag and accessory designer Clare Vivier opened in October to the delight of clutch-toting girls citywide. Alongside her cult-status leather goods, the designer sells a number of cool jewelry, stationery, and scent brands. The shop itself is intimate but friendly, adorned with a mural of the designer's personal images and completed with an on-site monogramming station.
Alex Mill, 268 Elizabeth St: Unfortunately, when your dad is J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler and you start a menswear line, you're going to be introduced as Mickey Drexler's son Alex Drexler. And when the offerings are designed for fathers and sons, you'll really be preceded by your lineage. With good retail sense in the blood, it's no wonder Alex tapped this happening-but-understated block for his debut retail presence, which offers Japanese cotton shirts and selvedge denim for grown men and their two to ten year old counterparts.
Figue, 268 Elizabeth St: Located just next to—and sharing an address with—Alex Mill is the embodiment of all things "gypset", Figue. Fancy, beautiful, and intricate details bring the worlds of high fashion and global artisanship together in a way that makes you feel like you probably really, really need a $1,300 embellished military jacket.
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