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New York Magazine's Best of New York issue is out, and within it is an article titled "The Next Opening Ceremonies." The list that follows spans five neighborhoods, from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District. It's also largely representative of Manhattan's new guard of high-end boutiques, run by store owners young enough to be that old college roommate you're still close with.
The list begins with Owen, the Washington Street shop owned by 25-year-old Phillip Salem. You're probably aware by now that everyone gets treated like Beyoncé here, but that's not the only draw: Salem stocks contemporary staples like Rag & Bone, 3.1 Philip Lim, and L'Agance, alongside Antipodium, Ostwald Helgason, and Ohne Titel.
Further uptown is Fivestory, which also debuted less than a year ago. Since then, store owner Claire Distenfeld has filled it with brands like Preen, Carven, Peter Pilotto, and Thakoon, but what really sets it apart is her eye for jewelry—specifically, for exceptional pieces by Delfina Delettrez, Aurélie Bidermann, Lizzie Fortunato, and Maria Francesca Peppe.
Heading downtown is Dagny + Barstow, who opened in February of last year after a few setbacks and a Meatpacking District pop-up. However, the shop's owners—Emily Titelman and Meredith Blank, who are also both in their mid-twenties—have made quite the home for themselves on Bowery in a short amount of time with Sophie Hulme bags, Thierry Lasry Magnety sunglasses, and other designers appropriate for a day out in Nolita.
And then there's Henry Beguelin on Charles Street, where leather, leather, and more leather is the name of the game. Expect to find hand-sewn hobos and shoulder bags, luggage, and a selection of footwear—all of which will set you back a considerable amount.
And now for something completely different: American Two Shot in Soho, run by Olivia Wolfe and Stephanie Krasnoff. The Grand Street boutique carries a little bit of everything, and by everything, we mean zines, men's vintage clothing, Timo Weiland, and coffee from Café Integral, which is located at the front of the store.
So, which of these five is giving Opening Ceremony the biggest run for its money? Cast your vote in the poll below.
· The Next Opening Ceremonies [New York Magazine]