Lower East Side New York shopping Boutique Designer Bode Maryam Nassir Zadeh Assembly Only NY Eckhaus Latta

Grandlife guide

Walk This Way: Boutique Shopping on the LES

back to list

Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Bode and more—we’ve rounded up our favorite LES-based boutiques for your shopping pleasure. 

Over the past five-plus years, some of the city’s most exciting local fashion designers have set up shop on the Lower East Side, in turn, making the neighborhood a destination for those in search of clothing that is at once unique and intrinsically New York. On the corner of Norfolk and Rivington, you’ll find the cool-girl label fronted by the original cool girl herself, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, while just a few minutes up the street, Assembly promises a curated selection of emerging and established local designers, vintage, and accessories. Additionally, Only NY, Bode, and Eckhaus Latta are all close by, not to mention, many of downtown’s best cafes to keep you sustained along the way. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite LES-based boutiques for your shopping pleasure.  

Bode

Tucked away on a quiet backstreet is the first flagship from New York luxury menswear brand Bode (pictured above). Founder and designer Emily Bode has created a space where customers can enjoy a private shopping experience as they peruse the selection of one-of-a-kind items, designed and tailor-made in New York. The interior designed in collaboration with Green River Project was inspired by an old American hotel lobby and features details aligned with Bode’s singular vision: wood-paneled walls, tole chandeliers, seating upholstered in vintage fabric, and a forest-green accent wall. Each and every piece in the store tells a story making this is a must-visit for that reason alone.

58 Hester St, New York; T. (929) 888-4512

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Streamlined, pared-back, playful—Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s namesake label takes a less but better approach to fashion and footwear. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 2000s, MNZ began designing clothing inspired by her own wardrobe, which was highly populated with vintage gems. Her line of ready-to-wear catered to like-minded individuals and eventually led her to open her LES flagship; her footwear collection came shortly after. The store itself is spacious, filled with natural light and an eclectic curation of both her own creations and clothing and accessories from a variety of MNZ-handpicked brands including Baserange, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Priscavera and more.  

123 Norfolk St, New York; T. (212) 673-6405

Only NY

Only NY opened the doors to its LES flagship in 2012. The independent skate brand was founded in 1997 by childhood friends Micah Belamarich and Julian Goldstein. The concept behind the business was to create something intrinsically New York from which their own personal interests could bleed through. The pillars of inspiration over the years have been New York, nature, fishing, skateboarding, graffiti, sports, art, and photography with an overall vintage aesthetic.

176 Stanton St, New York; T. (646) 649-5673

Assembly

Assembly has been a go-to for designer clothing, accessories and vintage pieces since 2008. Founded by former gallerist Greg Armas, the store has a unisex vibe, house-brand items, and a selection of independent designers chosen for their emphasis on craft and design as an ethos regardless of trend. Brands include Collina Strada, Baserange, Comme Des Garçons, and Staud, to name just a few. In 2009, Assembly introduced the his/hers collection designed by Armas and constructed in New York with a focus on minimal personal details and a more quiet authority. 

170 Ludlow St, New York; T. (212) 253-5393

Special Mention: Eckhaus Latta 

Eckhaus Latta’s flagship lies just a short walk beyond the bounds of the LES, located above the “Chinatown Mall” marketplace and directly underneath the Manhattan bridge. For the past six-plus years, designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta have designed their wares from a white-walled studio in Chinatown—so it makes sense that the duo, who struck up a close friendship at Rhode Island School of Design, would choose to open their first Manhattan outpost in the neighborhood they are so deeply acquainted with. The store functions like a blank canvas for their vibrant clothing—silk blouses, thick knit dresses, patchwork tops and pants, playful denimwear—with a distinct artistic, homespun feel. Tucked away on the 2nd floor and with no signage to guide the way, the store is a serene escape from the city’s perpetual grind—ambient music plays on the speakers, and wellness products and flower arrangements are dotted throughout. In the back, you’ll find a ‘denim bar’ housing the brand’s popular jeans in every size.

75, 206 East Broadway, New York; T. (212) 796-2400

PHOTOGRAPHY Bodenewyork.com 

You May Also Like

Downtown Vintage Treasure Troves

Downtown Vintage Treasure Troves

fashion
stories
Victorian blouses, sequined disco tops, perfectly worn 501s—these emporiums will sort out any gaps you might have. 
Get Lost in Chinatown

Get Lost in Chinatown

coffee & cafés
fashion
food & drink
reading
stories
From a family-run tofu shop to a private hair studio—our favorite under-the-radar spots.
Supporting Ukraine Through Its NYC Roots

Supporting Ukraine Through Its NYC Roots

art & design
bars & nightlife
coffee & cafés
food & drink
stories
Our favorite Ukrainian spots in a city that boasts the largest Ukrainian population in the country. 
On Show: New York Art World Icons Warhol & Basquiat

On Show: New York Art World Icons Warhol & Basquiat

art & design
stories
If you only catch a few exhibitions this spring, make sure it’s these ones...
Weekends in SoHo

Weekends in SoHo

art & design
bars & nightlife
fashion
food & drink
stories
Combining heritage with a new age of restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques, explore the neighborhood with this curated guide.
The Originals: NYC Institutions Still Worth a Visit

The Originals: NYC Institutions Still Worth a Visit

bars & nightlife
food & drink
stories
From an essential NYC Jewish deli to a chemist to a comedy club with anecdotes and fun facts from those who were—or still are—there.
Best in Class: NYC Concept Stores

Best in Class: NYC Concept Stores

fashion
shopping
stories
In typical New York fashion, a class of concept stores has raised the bar for what you can expect from a clothing boutique.
New York Spring Gardens Downtown Elizabeth Street Garden Gramercy Park Washington Square Park

Diggin' It: Downtown Garden Escapes

food & drink
stories
Lunch date, garden party, solo respite—these 5 outdoor spots have your alfresco needs covered this spring.
Best Rate Promise
Soho Grand Hotel

310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

(212) 965-3000
The Roxy Hotel New York

2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

212.519.6600