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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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Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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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.

Lindsey Thornburg

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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.
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Tictail Market

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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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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.
Photo: Moscot

Claw & Co.

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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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The Rising States

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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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ØDD. New York

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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.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

The Cast

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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

Assembly New York

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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.

Freemans Sporting Club

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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.

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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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Tokyo Rebel

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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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Edith Machinist

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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.
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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Anna Sheffield Jewelry

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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.
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Stanley's Pharmacy

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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.

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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.

Lindsey Thornburg

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.
Photo: Khushbu Shah for Racked

Tictail Market

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.
Photo: Tictail

MOSCOT

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.
Photo: Moscot

Claw & Co.

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.
Photo: Bryan Sansivero for Racked

The Rising States

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.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

ØDD. New York

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.
Photo: Driely S. for Racked

The Cast

"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

Assembly New York

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.

Freemans Sporting Club

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.

Self Edge

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.
Photo: via

Tokyo Rebel

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
Photo: Tokyo Rebel

Edith Machinist

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.

Alife

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.
Photo: via

Anna Sheffield Jewelry