As the summer heat fades, and hints of fall start appearing in the city, there’s much to look forward to: autumn foliage, soft sweaters, butternut squash, and—of course—Fashion Week from September 7th through 13th. But at any time of the year, New Yorkers are known for of-the moment street fashion, and when you want to keep up with the trends, proximity is key.
Fortunately for locals of NoMad, particularly residents of the condominiums at 277 Fifth Avenue, a handful of Downtown Manhattan’s hippest high-end shops are right in the neighborhood. So, when you’re ready to retire your summer clothes in exchange for a fall frock or suit, here are some of our picks for top-tier retailers to drop in on.
INTERMIX | 125 Fifth Avenue
INTERMIX features clothing from a long list of well-known designers, from Alexander Wang to Victoria Beckham. The selection alone should be reason enough to draw you in, but if it’s not, there’s this perk: complementary stylists. Even the savviest shoppers have experienced the age-old disappointment of buyer’s remorse, and many of us have a few items in our closet we “took a risk on” but never really fell in love with. That’s where the stylists come in. The professionals at INTERMIX are more than just fashion-forward; they make a real effort to get to know your taste and style so they can find pieces you’ll treasure for years to come. You’ll probably find yourself frequently returning because the collection is constantly changing. In fact, INTERMIX has their own label: Exclusive for INTERMIX. Their in-house designers find inspiration wherever they look, listing “runway shows, magazines, social media, girls in the INTERMIX office” as just a few of their sources for dreaming up must-have pieces. Their work is uniquely on-trend due to their fast turnaround time; they can move a piece from the sketch board to the floor in as little as eight weeks.
Hengst Boutique | 251 West 39th Street
It can be hard to bid farewell to summer. We understand, and we propose a visit to Susan Hengst’s store, Hengst Boutique, where even the fall collection gleams with warmth and sunshine. This San Francisco native with an ethereal, posh aesthetic is quickly developing a reputation as someone to watch. Rather than drawing a hard line between the seasons, she embraces a more gradual transition, creating pieces that can be worn year-round. In a recent interview with Thread NY, she spoke of her interest in “a continuous line where the seasons blend into each other seamlessly,” extolling the virtues of layering pieces while the weather shifts. She’s also known for channeling the sophistication of New York while staying true to her more casual California roots. In drawing inspiration from both coasts, she landed on “the idea of wearing exquisite designer clothing in a very un-precious way.” Her designs are refined, yet breezy, with outfits that look like they could be worn straight from the office to the beach. What better way to stroll into fall than with a nod to summer? Bonus: her pieces are made right in New York City.
WANT Apothecary | 1170 Broadway
Whether you’ve got a penchant for the past or a strictly modern viewpoint, there’s one adage that holds true: some things never go out of style. When in search of those things, head to Want Apothecary. Set in the NoMad Hotel, the WANT Apothecary boutique is designed with the spare, classic look of a 1920s pharmacy, calling to mind an era when functionality and beauty went handin- hand. It’s no surprise that the pieces you’ll find here are as aesthetically pleasing as they are useful, from brands like Acne Studios, TOMORROWLAND, Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Filippa K, and Jil Sander. The collection is meticulously and enthusiastically curated by twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, the designers behind WANT Les Essentiels, a line of leather travel bags that was once characterized by The New York Times as “discreetly luxurious.” The self-described spirit of the collection is “timelessness, quality, and a modern interpretation of the past,” meaning whatever treasure you unearth here, it is likely to be worn again and again, through whatever your upcoming chapters may hold.
Reem Acra | 240 West 35th Street, 7th Floor
Celine Dion. Angelina Jolie. Madonna. Beyoncé. Besides being wildly talented cultural icons, what do these women have in common? They’ve all worn the designs of Reem Acra. Acra, born in Lebanon, first made a name for herself with her bridal line. Over the last twenty years, she’s earned a cult following for her evening-wear designs, and now, she’s focusing her sights on daywear. While her designs are wide-ranging in style, she always offers a hint of glittering romance, perhaps because of her roots in the bridal industry. The New York Times observed that “even her ready-to-wear collection maintains a potent punch of luxe.” Many of her pieces are designed to be mixed and matched, so you’re sure to find something here that will lend a bit of magic to your wardrobe.