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The Essex Street Market is a Lower East Side staple when it comes to fresh food and prepared goods. Meet the vendors in this profile series and swing by the market all month long during May to celebrate 75 years of Essex Street Market.

Owner, Rona Economou

I was a lawyer and got laid-off in 2009. I came to the Market for some coffee and chocolate, saw the empty stall, and in a split second it clicked—a bakery specializing in homemade Greek comfort food!

I’d say my recipes are a mix of the traditional. The spinach pie is inspired by my grandmother, but the spin I put on it is cleaner, lighter, and more modern.

Boubouki at Essex Market

When someone tastes my food I want them to feel joy, and seeing that makes me very happy.

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Old School Lower East Side: 16 Stores With Staying Power

Shop Talk: Kipling Holiday Tour, PinkyOtto, Diesel Sample Sale and More

Fjall largerHere’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

#KiplingHoliday Tour (57 Greene Street) Do you like holiday sweets, custom gift wrap, special performances, flash tattoos and more? Because if so, that is what you are promised if you attend the #KiplingHoliday Tour at 57 Greene Street starting Thursday, November 20th and rolling on for three full evenings.

Kipling is known for their hip, colorful handbags, backpacks, totes, luggage and accessories and are based out of Antwerp. If you RSVP and print it out, you will receive a free gift upon your arrival. If Twitter is your thing, check out @kiplingusa.

Events will also take place in LA on December 5th and 6th and in Orlando, Florida on Devember 19th and 20th. That’s a tour, alright! I am looking forward to it because I dig Belgium and all the wonderful weirdness of that part of the world.

#KiplingHoliday Tour at 57 Greene Street is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 20th through Saturday, November 22nd.

PinkyOtto (49 Prince Street) is the success story of a Pratt Institute designer, Ryo Liu, and her eye for “edgy yet elegant fashion,” creating dresses, skirts and shirts that resemble what might happen if a roll of Starburst were to collide with a bag of lace. Bizarre yet interesting cuts for the business casual-ette and the night princess alike, PinkyOtto’s clothing are youthful and fun with a big girl / professional edge. Prices are in the $78 range for pants and around $98 for shirts and sweaters, dresses in the $128 range.

I happened by and didn’t find anything on the particular day I stopped in, but I could envision returning for a special occasion. Online, they have a “cost per wear” calculator where you can estimate how many times you’ll wear the item and what that will equate in dollars per wear. For a pair of $118 pants I estimated I’d wear 50 times, turns out I’d pay about $2.36 per presentation. Interesting concept, lovely store.

PinkyOtto is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. 7 p.m.

The Diesel Sample Sale (151 Wooster Street) is where models go to hang out, apparently. The room was packed on a Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with the most beautiful people in New York City. You’d think that would be too early for the model set to be jamming out to a DJ set of the coolest music I’ve never heard, but it was not, in fact.

Upon entering, I was invited / forced to surrender my coat and purse to a coat check area. There are no dressing rooms, so women were clambering for the two mirrors, climbing over each other like monkeys to try on soft tee shirts, day-glo-red parkas and of course, jeans.

If you want to add a few beautiful, well-made articles or accessories including purses, hats, gloves, belts and even under things to your wardrobe for a fraction (75% off) of their normal prices, this is your big chance.

Drop by this Saturday, November 8th for the final date of the sale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Amex are accepted. I suggest getting there early to scavenge through whatever happens to be left.

Fjall Raven (38 Greene Street) is a story about the time REI and IKEA had a baby. High quality, some what eclectic outdoor wear, gear and accessories in not quite camouflage colors with funny names can be found here for men, women and kids. Take for example, their Fjallraven Kanken backpack, which comes in a double rainbow of colors including muted taupes, browns and greys and expanding to purple, orange and more.

The story goes, once upon a time in a forgotten era known as the 1950s, a 14 year-old known as Åke Nordin from Örnsköldsvik in Northern Sweden basically hated his current hiking back pack situation, so he decided to make his own, using his mom’s sewing machine. The Sami people, a very back pack savvy crew, dug his sack and asked him to make them one, also a tent and some other things.

Fjall Raven is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Filson 1897 (40 Great Jones Street) Along the same lines, Filson features quality outdoor style clothing in an L.L. Bean-esque vein with a guarantee that it will last. Since 1897, the C.C. Filson company has stood by that promise, delivering durable clothing to rugged Gold miner types back in the day and continuing all the way up to modern eras to outfit hipsters while they drink lattes and write screenplays.

But can someone tell me what the obsession is with hipsters and flannel? Are vests and warm hats really necessary while purchasing indie records at thrift stores? Maybe so. Maybe so. Stop by Filson 1897 if you’re a writer–or alogger–who needs a quality sweater handmade by Cowichan tribal members ($490) as well as a wide assortment of other clothing and accessories for men and women.

Filson 1897 is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Send your tips about upcoming sales and new collections to: tips@TheLoDownNY.com

Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.

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Shop Talk: Ricky’s Pup Up Shop, Ludlow & Hester Nail Spa and More

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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

Ricky’s Pup Up Pet Shop (498 Broome St.) is THE spot to get your pet’s Halloween costume or other pet accessory needs this year. I don’t have a dog, but I almost wish I did so that I could dress it up like a little witch dog or like Little Bo Pup.

You probably know Ricky’s for it’s Manic Panic hair dye in a rainbow of colors as well as make up, accessories and fashion items for pretty much any beauty whim or need you could ever possibly have, as well as their annual Halloween shops that appear all over the city to dress you up for Halloween in the five boroughs, but now Ricky’s is dressing up your pup for Halloween, too.

If you missed the Tompkins Square Puppy Parade, I feel sorry for you, because it’s really one of the most special things about Halloween in NYC. But no need to “boo-boo” about it, because the human Halloween Parade is nothing to scoff at. If you still don’t have a Halloween costume for your dog (or yourself), Ricky’s is the spot. They are open today from 10 am until 8 pm.

Ludlow and Hester Nail Spa (29-D Ludlow St.) If you happen past the intersection of Ludlow and Hester, you’ll see a few things of note. On the North East corner of Hester, you’ll happen past The Sweet Life, the neighborhood’s go to spot for treats and confections from around the world. Just across the street is Barzinho restaurant, a Brazilian food and bar spot that relocated to it’s current corner from TriBeCa not so long ago.

Their next door neighbor on Ludlow is a laundrymat and dry cleaner that’s been there since back when the neighborhood was still Chinatown. Across from the laundrymat at 31 Ludlow St. is Stanley’s Pharmacy, where you can get a nice cup of tea for what ails ya.

And right next door, at 29-D Ludlow, is the brand new Ludlow and Hester Nail Spa, a classic nail joint that offers up manicures ($10), pedicures ($20), spa services, waxing and more. The place is clean; they work fast and frankly, gave me the most professional and hot looking manicure I’ve had in a long time. Yep, they pretty much “nailed” it. You get a free manicure after 10 manicures, to boot.

Ludlow & Hester Nail Spa is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 8 pm and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm.

Carpet Culture (390 Broome Street) was located on Crosby Street for the last ten years, but they lost their lease and relocated to Broome Street in the last year. The store is spacious and bright, with carpets and textiles in beautiful colors and patterns all over the store ranging in price from under $100 to over $20,000, but what attracted me in on this particular day was a rack of clothing positioned outside the shop with a sign that said “$20.”

Always keen to score a deal, I perused the selection and immediately, I knew this was no typical $20 rack. Usually, when I see clothing outside on a markdown rack, I am disappointed in the quality or it’s already been picked clean of the good stuff, but I always take a peek, just in case. On this day, I won.

I found many beautiful items that were well worth a twenty spot. I chose a few and entered the store, where I met Mr. Bhat, who allowed me to try on the items downstairs. In the remodeled basement, there was another large rack full of lovely items of Indian influence, and also many beautiful purses marked in the $200-$300 range.

Mr. Bhat explained that his daughter, Shireen, who also goes by Sheena was a pre-med student but that she also had a great eye for fashion and had started an off-shoot called Cloth Culture, which focuses on hip clothing. I was quite taken with the clothing and chose two beautiful shirts to add to my wardrobe. I am so glad to have found Cloth Culture and will be incorporating it into my regular shopping circuit.

Carpet Culture / Cloth Culture is open 10-7 Monday through Saturday and Sunday 12-6. Sheena is in the store Monday and Tuesday.

Send your tips about upcoming sales and new collections to: tips@TheLoDownNY.com

Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here.  She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.

Shop Talk: SAINTCHiC, Yaf Sparkle, Dusica & More

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The SAINTCHic Paparazzi Visor.

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

Yaf Sparkle (158 Orchard Street) carries an extensive collection of jewelry, accessories (belts, wallets, etc) and even a very interesting line by Monika Knutsson, which consists of gilded vintage lace earrings and bracelets ($240 and up) repurposed lace taken from petticoats, bloomers and other old-timey articles of clothing she scores at flea markets (they also create their own designs). Sounds like my kind of lady.

Yaf Sparkle’s 2nd anniversary is coming up on November 29th.  Joining their mailing list will assure that you don’t miss future events, like their trunk shows.

Yaf Sparkle is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

dusica (219 Mott Street) is currently residing in a pop up spot while in transition between their old store on Prince Street and their new store which will soon open on Lafayette. (An opening party will happen and we will share the details here!) In their current state, you can bag 60-70% off their handmade shoes, accessories and clothing. Their shoes are made of soft Italian leather ($285 marked down to $95) and their clothing is very strange, beautiful, and of excellent quality. They are “very popular in China.”

Dusica is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Ritual Vintage (377 Broome) is a higher end vintage store that also has another store around the corner where the not rich can shop and save a few bucks. The outlet, located at 167 Mott Street, is in the midst of a clearance sale. All shoes were marked at $20 a few days ago, and I spotted items by Karl Lagerfeld (a nautical sweater lined with large dolphin buttons? toys? for $75), a vintage white V neck dress with gold neck trim ($75), and a black snakeskin jacket ($150). The sale will run through at least Sunday.

The store is open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day, but if it is busy, they say they may stay open later.

SAINTCHiC (TriBeca) is a fashion label in TriBeca (yes, south of the L.E.S.) whose big sellers include something called the “bondage pant” which sounds interesting enough, but what really caught my attention was their “Paparazzi visor.” After an unmentionable ‘celebrity’ infamously wore the visor, SAINTCHiC was poised to collect the media’s attention. I mean, what a simply brilliant idea that celebs everywhere (even celebs in their own minds) can take part in. No more pesky “no eye contact” clauses (those are so pre-visor).

I met the designer earlier this week in downtown Manhattan at an event we both happened to be attending. We bonded over her visor and my love of all things eccentric. The line is currently a private collection, but you can find out more about this enchanting face curtain by visiting their website.

Send your tips about upcoming sales and new collections to: tips@TheLoDownNY.com

Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.

New Arrivals on the Lower East Side

Shop Talk: The Good Company, Erik Shoe Repair, Ethik and More

"Golf Wang" at Good Company

“Golf Wang” at Good Company

The Good Company (97 Allen Street), a tee shirt and tattoo nook hiding under scaffolding near the intersection of Delancey and Allen streets is a man cave, of that you can be sure. But it’s a spot that cool, tomboyish girls might want to infiltrate. Tee shirts ($48 and up) from hip indie designers across the U.S. line the shop’s walls, giving it the vibe of a skater’s walk-in closet.The store’s music is the gentle buzz of a tattoo gun; on the day I happened by, there were no less than five guys just hanging out. Pick up a cool tee shirt and heck, maybe even a guy…

The Good Company is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Erik Shoe Repair (353 Grand Street) is one of the last little spots on the Lower East Side where you pay a dude money to do a thing. The shop has been located in this tiny storefront for at least fifteen years. Shoe repair is his deal, as well as watch repair and umbrella sales, but on the day I happened by, I also noticed there were a collection of new mens’ shoes, mostly loafers and business shoes, on sale for $22/pair or two for $40. If I were a dude, I would’ve bought two pair on the spot. Erik was inside working, and greeted me warmly. These little spots are part of what keeps the neighborhood so damn cool, in my humble opinion.

Erik Shoe Repair is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, closed Fridays and Saturdays, open Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SALES!

Knickerbocker Village Flea Market Sale (14 Monroe Street) happens every year in the fall. KV, as it is affectionately known, is a 1600 unit housing complex at the very tippy tip of Manhattan and annually, a whole slew of members of the NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) go through their closets and sell their old clothing, shoes, jewelry and household items. It’s free to attend and it happens right there on the street. If you love going through Grannie’s goodies, this sale is for you.

Save the date for Thursday, September 4th from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come on the early side for the best deals, and bring your own bag.

The boys at Ethik Clothing Company (160 Orchard Street) are having a clearance sale on over twenty items to make room for their fall line. Shop in store, or online and enjoy a “Mystery Chest Drop” which, for $49, includes two tanks, one tee shirt and a hat. It’s like the Cracker Jack prize of street wear.

Ethik is open Monday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Shop Talk: Pilgrim, Moo Shoes, Mandate of Heaven and More

The Pilgrim store front on Orchard Street.

The Pilgrim store front on Orchard Street.

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

Pilgrim (75 Orchard Street) is the classiest vintage store around, carrying over thirty brands of gently used handbags by Chanel, Dior and Valentino, to name a few. There’s plenty of fancy jewelry and elegant numbers you swear you’ve seen in  your cool great aunt’s closet.

Sometimes I like to strut around and imagine I’m the type of woman who wears these fine things on my day to day — en route to Bloomingdale’s for a lady’s shopping trip, or on my way to a fundraiser for the non-profit that my friends and I started for kicks. They don’t often have sales, but stay tuned for a jewelry sale in the coming weeks.

Pilgrim is open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday 12 to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mandate of Heaven (17 Essex Street) is located just a few steps above the Essex Street sidewalk in an unexpected storefront. The store mainly consists of reconstructed vintage—new fashions lovingly reimagined using the guts of older pieces–as well as some gently used items, and is awash owith pastels, short suits, lace tops, plaids and mint denim made for tiny little ladies who I imagine have tea parties and carry parasols. The unique designs hover in the $200-$300 range. If human beings were dolls, we’d all shop at Mandate of Heaven.

Mandate of Heaven is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Moo Shoes Vegan Shop Up Event will rock your fair trade socks off this Sunday with a slew of vendors hocking vegan wares such as Yeah Dawg, Cake Thieves, Tamerlaine Farm, Meow Meow Tweet, Sweet Maresa and Mountain Morsels. You can conscientiously shop and they’ll do you one better — your purchases will help raise funds for Animal Sanctuary at Tamerlaine Farm’s barn renovations, so they can house the chicks and turkeys they plan to rescue in the Fall.

The sale takes place at Moo Shoes, 78 Orchard Street, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 10th and again on September 21st. 

Soho Sample Sale at Open House Gallery (201 Mulberry, between Kenmare & Spring) will be wrapping up their week long run in Soho on Friday August 15th. If you’re looking for deals on mixed contemporary men’s & ladies’ European and American brands at a substantial discount, here’s an excellent spot to find them.

Open House Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed weekends.

Gone But Not Forgotten: I really miss Old Hollywood. I bought one of their cabinets and a picture frame when they cleared out. Their clothing, jewelry and strange bric-a-brac was a mixture of unexplainably cheap and weirdly expensive, which I appreciate in a store because I like options.  Sure, they’re still in Brooklyn (Greenpoint, to be exact) but I want them back within walking distance. Who do I have to talk to to make this happen…DeBlasio?

Alternately, though I didn’t really shop at Earnest Sewn (formerly at 90 Orchard) as much, I liked their vibe. Now the entire corner where they once sat is shuttered, leaving the intersection of Orchard and Broome looking haunted. There are quite a few empty storefronts around the Lower East Side at the moment, but when new businesses come in, chances are, they’ll be a bar or a clothing store, so at least we have new places to look forward to.

What clothing stores that are no longer with us do you miss most?

Send your tips about upcoming sales and new collections to: tips@TheLoDownNY.com

Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here or email her at: jessica@thelodownny.com. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.

Shop Talk: ALIFE, TANI, Rising States and More

"New pieces, new brands, new loves." Marbled shorts at The Rising States on Ludlow.

“New pieces, new brands, new loves.” Marbled shorts at The Rising States on Ludlow.

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

Hester Street Fair (Promenade at Hester and Essex): Hester Street Fair is now open, and I just can’t imagine that there’s anyone in the neighborhood who doesn’t know about this quaint little bazaar, overflowing with vintage clothing pickers and indie jewelry, dresses and accessories. The prices are pretty good, too, save one or two items I stumble upon and say “Uh, yeah, right.”

Hester Street Fair is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October 26.

TANI (100 Rivington Street): In the corner storefront space where Steve Madden set up shop for a good handful of years sits this new shoe shop, “for ladies and gents,”  that almost looks like a candy store. Their seasonal sandals and slip-ons in bright pinks, blues and rainbow striping make me think of a vacation I should be taking to a tropical island, far away from the hustle and bustle of busy little Rivington Street.

If you miss Steve Madden and their dope $20 sales racks (I think we all do), no problem, you can still buy Steve Madden shoes there, along with Sperry, Seychelles, Florsheim and other famous brands.

TANI is open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday Through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

ALIFE (158 Rivington Street): Torn between a pair of sneakers that are $55 and $2000? Then this is your spot. Juxtaposition seems to be the store’s bag, in a sense. Upon entering, it looks like a rich kid’s lighted shoe closet. But in the back, it opens up into an uncovered yard, reflecting the rawness of what the Lower East Side used to be.

Racks of over-sized sweatshirts and T-shirts hang there (as well as some local hip-hopsters) enjoying the open air during this weekend’s Pop-Up sale, where you can get 50-70% off your purchases. (!)

On a lucky night, you might also catch a live backyard performance by the likes of Schoolboy Q or who knows who.

ALIFE is open Monday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Rising States (168 Ludlow Street): I spent my 20s on good old grimy Ludlow Street. It used to be kind of a scary, seedy row. Now between Houston and Stanton, nearly every store is a tidy little shop, one of which happens to be uber cool Rising States. A small yet smart space holds a surprising amount of options from over twenty interesting local and independent designers (including many new pieces for spring).

Upon entering, I defined her collection as clothes that the people of Demolition Man (starring Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone) would have worn. I asked Megan (the store owner) if she’d describe it as a mish mash? She said no. “Clothing from the future — if the future was 1988 or something like that,” is what we finally agreed on.

I fell in love with a black leather jacket ($1200) and it’s white counterpart, but honestly, I didn’t see one thing in the store that I wouldn’t love to try to make work.

The Rising States is open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here or email her at: jessica@thelodownny.com. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.

Shop Talk: Miss Hoe, Urban Cricket, Reformation and More

Reformation Models

Reformation Models

Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.

Miss Hoe, (2 Prince St.) a.k.a. Abby S.F. Hoe, designs and creates all the clothing and jewelry in her store for her (mostly female) customers, “aged 16 to 60.” The place looks like a Japanimation cartoon got into a fist-fight with an acid trip, but in a good way. If that’s your thing, huzzah, you’ll enjoy the four-year anniversary sale happening through May 28th. You’ll find items “under $100, under $50 and under $30” as well as 20% off all new items. Miss Hoe is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

LES People Care Community Garden (Rutgers between Henry / Madison) is essentially a yard sale held every weekend when the weather is nice. If I happen by, I always peruse, as I’m never one to say “no” to a bargain. The aquamarine velvet gently used Calvin Klein blazer that I immediately connected with would have been mine for a steal at just $7 but it was, alas, a size 2. The LES People Care Community Garden Clothing Sale is open every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., give or take — weather permitting.

Betty Page Clothing by Tatyana (303 Bowery) has seventeen locations nationwide, including one just steps north of Houston. My own fascination with Betty Page and the ’50s drew my attention to the store, which has many “non-burlesque dancers,” a store employee told me. Some changes happening at the shop will make way for the trends of new eras and allow expansion on their ’50s motif. You may also notice a new store sign by the end of the month (the website has already been changed to Tatyana.com) but they promise many of the same retro inspired fashions outfitting sizes xx small through 4x. Tatyana is open Monday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Reformation (156 Ludlow St.) gives off the vibe of the coolest chick in school’s walk-in closet, appropriately located in the heart of “Hipster Row.” The edgy line utilizes dead stock and surplus fabrics to decrease their impact on the environment. How edgy are they? The website uses the “F word” no less than twice, once on a shirt collar that says “F*ck your bad vibes” ($138) and again on their new wedding collection, “F*ck, You’re Getting Married.” Wedding dresses start at $518 (ivory silk) and bridesmaids dresses start at $198, in eight styles and colors. The Reformation is open 12p to 8p Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Urban Cricket and Pamela Barsky (29 Essex) are having a sample sale this weekend from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. They will be selling their quirky Urban Cricket T-shirts and totes as well as those fantastic Pamela Barsky Bags, or as Ms. Barsky put it, “ridiculously cheap prices on tons of bags and scarves.”

Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here or email her at: jessica@thelodownny.com. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.

New Arrivals: Moscow 57, Antonioni’s, Pablo’s Birthday and More

Red Caviar on Buckwheat Blinis at Moscow57.

Red Caviar on Buckwheat Blinis at Moscow57.

Here’s our monthly roundup of new businesses that have opened on the Lower East Side:

Moscow 57  (168 Delancey St.), a pop-up concept, catering company and events firm, opened its first brick-and-mortar outpost last month at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge—just in time to capitalize on Sochi Olympics-driven buzz around all things Russian. Its proprietors include Ellen Kaye, whose parents owned the Russian Tea Room from 1947 until 1996, as well as Seth Goldman (who’s running the kitchen) and Ethan Fein. The menu features classics like chicken Kiev, blinis and beef stroganoff; Central Asian and Georgian dishes are also offered and there’s a small menu section devoted to “American.” Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday. Live music, including blues, folk, world music and jazz, are often on the calendar.

Antonioni’s (177 Chrystie St.), the tiny new “family-style” Italian joint from the folks behind Café Gitane on Mott Street and in the West Village, finally opened for daily dinner service on Feb. 14, nearly three years after it first appeared on Community Board 3’s agenda. The dinner menu features classic dishes like clams casino, Tuscan mussels, a wide array of pasta dishes and eight varieties of pizza. Appetizers and kids’ menu items fall in the $10 range, pizzas and pastas are around $20, and larger entrees a little higher. Brunch and lunch service is scheduled to start later this month, and delivery service is in the works.

Red Royalty Gallery (64 Delancey St.), bills itself as the first NYC gallery focusing on contemporary Eastern European art, with a targeted audience of young collectors “who will be shaping the future of contemporary art,” says gallerist Radina Angelova. Its first show, scheduled for March 27-28, will feature porcelain and ceramic sculptures influenced by Cirque du Soleil and Maxfield Parrish’s early 20th-century illustrations.  (UPDATE 3/14: Angelova tells us the grand opening of the gallery and its inaugural show, The Emperor’s New Clothes by Kremena Lefterova, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. A coffee salon with the artist follows on Saturday, April 5, noon to 6 p.m.)

La Petite Mort (37 Orchard St.), is a combination vintage clothing boutique and art gallery. It specializes in putting a modern twist on looks curated from ’80s and ’90s threads, ranging from from Dolce and Gabbana and Versace to Garfield the Cat T-shirts. The store also sells modern accessories by NYC designers. Noting that its name is a euphemism for an orgasm, the proprietors spell out their mission this way: “We believe fashion should evoke a strong emotion and each piece should be loved and celebrated.” Store hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays noon to 7 p.m.; a rotating schedule of art events is posted on the website.

Pablo’s Birthday (57 Orchard St.), a 12-year-old gallery founded by Arne Zimmermann, recently relocated from Canal Street to Orchard Street, joining the Lower East Side art boom. The space hosted an inaugural show of Henrik Eiben’s work called “Clarity.” The gallery, which has a mission of “championing young and mid-career artists,” is open Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

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From our October magazine, a monthly roundup of new businesses on the Lower East Side.