These 8 Stores Are Winning NYC Retail Right Now

If Home Alone 2 taught you anything at all, it's that when you're in NYC for the holidays, you've gotta live big. It all starts when your parents leave you at the airport again, 'cause they obviously kind of hate you with looking good, so shop the Big Apple like our editors do with this handy guide, full of 8 top-notch NYC retail spots. From cozy #menswear dens, to custom tailors, to pristine flagships, these are the brick-'n-mortars that everyone should shop in the city at least once.

Check out our favorite shops below, and scroll all the way to the bottom for a handy map that'll help you find 'em!

Carson Street Clothiers
Carson Street Clothiers | 63 Crosby Street, Soho
  • The vibe: A reclaimed barnwood clubhouse brimming with a curated mix of Japanese, American, and European labels. The in-house line is formidable, too.
  • House specialty: The young shop's top-notch selection is most apparent at the blazer rack, where you'll find standouts like this unstructured cashmere blazer ($895) by Naples' hard-to-find Eidos label.
  • Bonus: A dry bar and a flatscreen tuned to the NFL will greet you on the weekends, but the comfy in-store lounge is there all week long.
Reed Space | 151 Orchard Street, Lower East Side
  • The vibe: Downtown streetwear/sneaker stronghold founded by streetwear pioneer, Jeff Staple.
  • House specialty: Come for the rarified collection of skate magazines, cultural knick-knacks, and obscure sneakers, but don't leave without a Staple Pigeon hat ($38). The bird is Jeff's iconic spirit animal, and gets love from Los Angeles, to Tokyo, and beyond.
  • Bonus: Next door is the Reed Space Annex — the best discount spot in the city for high-end streetwear.
Epaulet | 144 Orchard Street, Lower East Side; 231 Smith Street, Boerum Hill
  • The vibe: British-minded menswear with Italian flair, Japanese precision, and boots of Spanish leather.
  • House specialty: Available in everything from lamsbwool to tweed, the Walt trouser ($250 USD) might very well be the perfect pant. Fitted but never tight, these are the leader in "not-jeans". 
  • Bonus: From its popover shirt, to its ongoing collaboration with Spain's finest bootmakers, Epaulet's merch is so choice that it recently opened an outpost in LA!
In God We Trust
In God We Trust | 129 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg; 256 Lafayette Street, Nolita
  • The vibe: Post-hipster Brooklyn general store with a yen for workwear and cases full of affordable, self-deprecating trinkets.
  • House specialty: Like most on this guide, it's got a private label, which boasts just-rough-enough staples like this herringbone wool scout jacket ($243).
  • Bonus: Does your flask say "Cheers Mother F*cker" on it? IGWT's does.
Odin | 199 Lafayette Street, Nolita; 328 East 11th Street, East Village; 106 Greenwich Avenue, West Village
  • The vibe: One of the earliest "edgy" menswear boutiques of the '00s, with a track record of turning unknown brands into household names.
  • House specialty: From candles to the Common Projects sneakers, you'll want everything — but we'd go for this collaboration Engineered Garments work shirt ($204), because you can only get it here.
  • Bonus: Three locations downtown make it easy-ish to get to and from wherever you're staying.
Brooklyn Tailors
Brooklyn Tailors | 358 Grand Street, Williamsburg
  • The vibe: Looking to upgrade your grown-up shirt and suit game and get a superior product for a reasonable price? This understated husband and wife-owned shop in Williamsburg is a must-visit. 
  • House specialty: Thanks to Italian fabrics and Barneys-caliber tailoring, the handmade suiting shines. This worsted-wool navy jacket ($710) is but one example of many.
  • Bonus: The shop's new inventory of bench-made footwear is a great-looking way to spend any extra coin.
Club Monaco
Club Monaco flagship | 160 5th Avenue, The Flatiron
  • The vibe: Palatial department store with a dungeon full of in-house goods & outside offerings from the likes of Mark McNairy, Barbour, and Baxter of California.
  • House specialty: Its knitwear is some of the best at its price. Swaddle yourself in this burly wool-blend shawl cardigan ($149.50) and you'll concur.
  • Bonus: Any store that collaborates on stuff like this magnificent boxing robe is worth spending time in.
KITH NYC | 644 Broadway, Noho; 233 Flatbush Avenue, Barclays Center
  • The vibe: Collector-friendly library full of rare sneakers, coveted house collaborations & more, all curated by founder Ronnie Fieg, whose designing star is on the rise.
  • House specialty: The in-house gear & collaborative shoes draw huge lines & sell out double-quick, but you'll always find gems like these thick-cuffed sweats ($88) from Fieg's just-launched New York Natives imprint.
  • Bonus: The stores are hidden inside locations of Atrium, a bigger NYC boutique that's got top-shelf apparel with an urban bent.
Plot your attack with this handy map of our editors' favorite spots!

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