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The Definitive Lower East Side Shopping Guide

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New York is nothing if not a city full of options, which can be both a blessing and a curse when trying to sort a neighborhood's best of the best. Take the guesswork out of choosing which shopping destinations are worth your time (and money!) with our guide of the best places to visit for clothes, accessories, and beauty on the Lower East Side.

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1. Assembly New York

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170 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-5393
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The merchandise at Assembly is avant-garde in a way that makes fashion people pine and non-fashion people giggle: think clunky shoes, drapey dresses, and 14-karat gold staples. Not wardrobe staples — paper staples.

2. ØDD. New York

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164 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 559-0406
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How could you not pop into a store with a name like this? It's for those that have graduated from Hot Topic graphic tees to slick labels like Alexandre Plokhov, Dsquared2, Iris van Herpen, and Ann Demeulemeester, not to mention accessories like scissor earrings and orangutan backpacks.
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3. The Rising States

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168 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 649-2410
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Meagan Delaney has been on the block since 2013, and her boutique has become a destination to find local labels like Samantha Pleet, Upstate, Mary Meyer, and Loeffler Randall — and since she's friends with a lot of the designers behind them, don't be surprised if they're shopping right next to you.
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4. Freemans Sporting Club

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8 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-3209
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This neighborhood is a great one for menswear, but Freemans stands out among them not only for its selection of well-made (and locally-made) apparel for casual wear and formal affairs but also because of its extras, like a barbershop next door, plus a restaurant from one of the co-founders down the out-of-the-way Freeman Alley.

5. Self Edge

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157 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 388-0079
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Another menswear hotspot is this shop that predominantly stocks Japanese denim (and no, you don't have to freeze jeans to preserve your favorite pair). Should your denim need repair, they'll do it on-site, which gives you plenty of time to browse shirting and leather accessories.
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6. Tokyo Rebel

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158 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 460-9100
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Looking for NYC's headquarters for Japanese Lolita, punk, and goth fashion? Of course you were. Everything here is imported direct from Japan and unlike anything else you'll find in the stores listed here (or anywhere in the city, for that matter) — so even if it's not your style, take a peek inside just for fun. Tokyo Rebel shares a space with the like-minded (and wonderfully named) Baby, The Stars Shine Bright
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7. Edith Machinist

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104 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 979-9992
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Take a few steps down from street level, leaving behind the bars and an impressive bulk candy shop, to this neighborhood destination for vintage that's very wearable (read: works in your wardrobe right now). Follow the shop's Instagram account for an up-to-the-minute look at what's stocked.

8. Alife

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158 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 432-7200
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If you only have time for one Lower East Side streetwear shop (and trust, there's plenty to choose from), make it Alife. It's always stocked with fresh sneakers — including plenty of collaborations with the likes of Nike and Reebok — and logo-ed merch. Athletes and hip-hop stars are frequent shoppers, so keep your eyes peeled.
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9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-6405
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Tucked away in this mostly residential area just below the busy thoroughfare of East Houston Street is a fashion destination. Shoppers love MNZ's mix of labels (Lemaire, Rochas, Apiece Apart, Base Range) almost as much as they love the store owner/designer's cult-favorite sandals.

10. Claw & Co.

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101 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 995-2440
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You've probably seen Claudia Gold's signature graffiti claw around New York City, but you might not know that she's also a store owner. Her Delancey Street shop is filled with vintage, streetwear, and her own collaborations with brands like Fila.
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11. MOSCOT

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108 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-3796
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The eyewear shop has sat on this street corner (though in a couple of different locations) for more than 100 years. Stepping inside is like taking a trip back in time in this neighborhood, but the eyewear selection (not to mention the customer service) is thoroughly modern.
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12. Tictail Market

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90 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
The global online marketplace crash-landed in New York with a holiday pop-up market in 2014, but decided to stick around for good after last year. Inside, you'll find a mix of clothing, accessories, home goods, and surprises from a range of designers from as close as Brooklyn and as far away as Indonesia.
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13. Anna Sheffield Jewelry

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47 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 925-7010
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The local designer is a go-to for fine jewelry with a little edge, especially when it comes to engagement rings — Sheffield herself has called her designs "sweet and salty." If you're shopping for rings, be sure to make an appointment first.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

14. The Cast

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72 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
+64 6-902 5963
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"The Cast is amazing because they do custom leather jackets," makeup artist, DJ, and neighborhood expert Kristin Gallegos shared with us. And speaking of sharing, The Cast shares a space with punk-leaning jewelry shop The Great Frog

15. Stanley's Pharmacy

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31 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 476-9622
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Your average Duane Reade this is not. The so-orange-you-can't-miss-it storefront on the corner of Hester Street includes a "wellness bar" and customized teas and tonics, not to mention some hard-to-find products.

16. Lindsey Thornburg

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21 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(917) 639-3510
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The designer from Colorado and Montana who built an eponymous fashion label on a single silhouette expertly displays that silhouette (plus dreamy dresses, accessories, and tchotchkes) in her own store on the lower Lower East Side. Celeb fans include Blake Lively, and Thornburg's cloaks for kids are just adorable.
Photo: Khushbu Shah for Racked

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1. Assembly New York

170 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
The merchandise at Assembly is avant-garde in a way that makes fashion people pine and non-fashion people giggle: think clunky shoes, drapey dresses, and 14-karat gold staples. Not wardrobe staples — paper staples.
170 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

2. ØDD. New York

164 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
How could you not pop into a store with a name like this? It's for those that have graduated from Hot Topic graphic tees to slick labels like Alexandre Plokhov, Dsquared2, Iris van Herpen, and Ann Demeulemeester, not to mention accessories like scissor earrings and orangutan backpacks.
164 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

3. The Rising States

168 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
Meagan Delaney has been on the block since 2013, and her boutique has become a destination to find local labels like Samantha Pleet, Upstate, Mary Meyer, and Loeffler Randall — and since she's friends with a lot of the designers behind them, don't be surprised if they're shopping right next to you.
168 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

4. Freemans Sporting Club

8 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
This neighborhood is a great one for menswear, but Freemans stands out among them not only for its selection of well-made (and locally-made) apparel for casual wear and formal affairs but also because of its extras, like a barbershop next door, plus a restaurant from one of the co-founders down the out-of-the-way Freeman Alley.
8 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

5. Self Edge

157 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: via
Another menswear hotspot is this shop that predominantly stocks Japanese denim (and no, you don't have to freeze jeans to preserve your favorite pair). Should your denim need repair, they'll do it on-site, which gives you plenty of time to browse shirting and leather accessories.
157 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

6. Tokyo Rebel

158 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Tokyo Rebel
Looking for NYC's headquarters for Japanese Lolita, punk, and goth fashion? Of course you were. Everything here is imported direct from Japan and unlike anything else you'll find in the stores listed here (or anywhere in the city, for that matter) — so even if it's not your style, take a peek inside just for fun. Tokyo Rebel shares a space with the like-minded (and wonderfully named) Baby, The Stars Shine Bright
158 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

7. Edith Machinist

104 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Take a few steps down from street level, leaving behind the bars and an impressive bulk candy shop, to this neighborhood destination for vintage that's very wearable (read: works in your wardrobe right now). Follow the shop's Instagram account for an up-to-the-minute look at what's stocked.
104 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

8. Alife

158 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: via
If you only have time for one Lower East Side streetwear shop (and trust, there's plenty to choose from), make it Alife. It's always stocked with fresh sneakers — including plenty of collaborations with the likes of Nike and Reebok — and logo-ed merch. Athletes and hip-hop stars are frequent shoppers, so keep your eyes peeled.
158 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

123 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
Tucked away in this mostly residential area just below the busy thoroughfare of East Houston Street is a fashion destination. Shoppers love MNZ's mix of labels (Lemaire, Rochas, Apiece Apart, Base Range) almost as much as they love the store owner/designer's cult-favorite sandals.
123 Norfolk St
New York, NY 10002

10. Claw & Co.

101 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Bryan Sansivero for Racked
You've probably seen Claudia Gold's signature graffiti claw around New York City, but you might not know that she's also a store owner. Her Delancey Street shop is filled with vintage, streetwear, and her own collaborations with brands like Fila.
101 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

11. MOSCOT

108 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Moscot
The eyewear shop has sat on this street corner (though in a couple of different locations) for more than 100 years. Stepping inside is like taking a trip back in time in this neighborhood, but the eyewear selection (not to mention the customer service) is thoroughly modern.
108 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

12. Tictail Market

90 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Tictail
The global online marketplace crash-landed in New York with a holiday pop-up market in 2014, but decided to stick around for good after last year. Inside, you'll find a mix of clothing, accessories, home goods, and surprises from a range of designers from as close as Brooklyn and as far away as Indonesia.
90 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

13. Anna Sheffield Jewelry

47 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
The local designer is a go-to for fine jewelry with a little edge, especially when it comes to engagement rings — Sheffield herself has called her designs "sweet and salty." If you're shopping for rings, be sure to make an appointment first.
47 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

14. The Cast

72 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
"The Cast is amazing because they do custom leather jackets," makeup artist, DJ, and neighborhood expert Kristin Gallegos shared with us. And speaking of sharing, The Cast shares a space with punk-leaning jewelry shop The Great Frog
72 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

15. Stanley's Pharmacy

31 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Your average Duane Reade this is not. The so-orange-you-can't-miss-it storefront on the corner of Hester Street includes a "wellness bar" and customized teas and tonics, not to mention some hard-to-find products.
31 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

16. Lindsey Thornburg

21 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Photo: Khushbu Shah for Racked
The designer from Colorado and Montana who built an eponymous fashion label on a single silhouette expertly displays that silhouette (plus dreamy dresses, accessories, and tchotchkes) in her own store on the lower Lower East Side. Celeb fans include Blake Lively, and Thornburg's cloaks for kids are just adorable.
21 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002