Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections.
7115 by Szeki (157 Rivington) is a classy meets easy boutique that carries women’s clothing and jewelry that whisper “successful artist”with a shrug. I love the style of this store and I am always impressed when fashion boutiques pop up and manage to thrive. Szeki now has locations in the L.E.S. and Williamsburg.
Here, a new breath is given to simple styles in navy, yellow, white, taupe and grey. Prices range from $70 and up for shirts, dresses, rompers, jewelry and more. The website is also very clean and easy to navigate. A+.
7115 by Szeki is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Warm (181 Mott Street) is a cozy store that almost resembles a cool east village home, which makes sense knowing it is a family (or at least a couple) run business. This all-inclusive fashion and home items store describes itself as “urban hippie,” but “Ohio hipster” could do just as well. The store has enough going on that Warm’s accouterments could find a home in any borough of NYC.
Warm is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
The Standing Room by Heights & Kenchi (207 Clinton Street) is parked on a Lower East Side block where gentrification is just beginning to add its meat hooks. Across the street, the hot “Eastwood” bar slings drinks to the type of folks who may wander into The Standing Room to pick up a custom made men’s dress shirt or suit and peruse the bow-ties, handkerchiefs and boutineers in stock.
There are charming design choices, such as a mannequin holding an antique squash ball racquet and a very old time-y copy of a “Book of Etiquette.” It’s like standing on a timeline of 1920 and 2014 simultaneously. Who says time machines don’t exist?
The Standing Room by Heights & Kenchi is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Army & Navy Bags (177 E. Houston) A simple name and a simple store equate to a long running East Village staple where shoppers can get a bargain on well-made army style bags as well as jackets. Interesting army pins and other items and accessories make such great, durable gifts for a man, they may even outlast the relationship. Warm fingerless gloves are $8; though you may not even be thinking about gloves right now, it won’t be long until you will be.
For hours and info, call (212) 228-5267.
Angela’s Vintage Boutique (26 2nd Ave) As my readers know, I love a good thrift store, and this East Village nook is almost as vintage as the clothing it carries. It makes me miss Love Saves The Day, the hip vintage store on 1st Avenue that relocated to New Hope, PA, with it’s colorful dresses and vintage stylings.
Angela’s has a well organized walk in closet vibe. I’ve gotten lucky there with one of a kind shimmering finds for the stage and the perfect base for a flapper Halloween costume.
Angela’s Vintage Boutique is open from 12-8 seven days a week.
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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: email@example.com. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.