• Explore a hotbed of haute fashion for men and women
• Shop designer shoes, on-trend menswear and edgy accessories
• When hunger hits, refuel at a hip, award-winning gastropub
When former Barneys shoe buyer Jeffrey Kalinsky planted a stiletto here in 1999 with his game-changing fashion emporium Jeffrey, few imagined the Meatpacking District would become the downtown nexus for luxury fashion and nightlife. A generation later, the big names have moved in—DVF, McCartney, McQueen, Malandrino—and Jeffrey, sadly, is no more. But there are still plenty of brilliant, only-in-New York boutiques lining these cobblestoned lanes (which, ironically, are hell on heels—dress accordingly). Your first stop: In Support Of, where Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes showcase under-the-radar labels in an intimate space resembling a deconstructed house, white picket fence and faux-grass walls and all. Look for pieces by Nanushka Moem, a Hungary-based designer who sources her fabrics from Europe, or eco-friendly beauty products like Indie Lee facial oil and mango-seed eye balm. A few blocks down Hudson Street is Annelore, run by local designer Juliana Cho. Her limited-run womenswear collections—she handcrafts no more than 30 pieces per season—have become a cult favorite among downtown’s beau monde, and are sold only at her two NYC boutiques. Just south at the corner of Hudson and Horatio is Marisa Perry’s eponymous atelier, where Perry and her husband/lead designer Douglas Elliott sell gorgeous diamond rings, earrings, and necklaces, with a specialty in ultra-thin micro-pave diamond bands. Guys should also check out Odin, which carries casual on-trend menswear from brands like Montreal-based Want Les Essentiels de la Vie and Maison Kitsuné, an edgy French label founded by a former manager of Daft Punk and a Japanese architect. Need a snack break? Grab a bite at April Bloomfield’s gastropub Spotted Pig (get the brisket burger with Roquefort).
From the 8th Avenue station, walk up West 14th and you’ll find yourself in Meatpacking. Be sure to check out all the shops on Washington, Greenwich and 13th Streets.
Annelore: 636 Hudson St; 212-255-5574; annelorenyc.com
IN SUPPORT OF: 342 W. 13th St.; 646-657-0724; insupportof.us
Marisa Perry: 636 Hudson St; 212-566-8977; marisaperry.com
ODIN: 106 Greenwich Ave.; 212-243-4724; odinnewyork.com
SPOTTED PIG: 314 W. 11th St.; 212-620-0393; thespottedpig.com