Atelier
304 Hudson St.
212-941-8435
Atelier, the forward-thinking, internationally minded menswear store celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Here you’ll find a decidedly gothic-noir assemblage of pieces from Ann Demeulemeester, Dior Homme and Damir Doma alongside lesser-known labels such as German-Persian designer Boris Bidjan Saberi, Julius from Japan and—new for fall/winter ’12—Dubai-based Thamanyah. To celebrate the milestone, this season Atelier teams up with 10 designers to create a very limited edition (three to seven pieces each) item for their ANYx10 collection.

Rick Owens
250 Hudson St.
212-627-7222
The elusive L.A.-based designer opened his first New York store this past summer, decked out with raw concrete, an indoor aquarium and—ahem—fog. But really it’s all about the coveted clothes: a range of beautifully dark and drape-y items for men and women, including a selection of shoes and Owens’ street-ready diffusion lines: Lilies (for the perfect twisted basics) and DRKSHDW (androgynous denim and pieces with a sporty edge).

Issey Miyake
119 Hudson St.
212-226-0100
Issey Miyake has anchored his New York flagship in TriBeCa and it’s quite a breathtaking feat of architecture, designed by Frank Gehry alongside his former protégé Gordon Kipping. At the centre of the space is Gehry’s Tornado—a curved, 25 ft high titanium structure, as innovative as Miyake’s Pleats Please pieces, which never seem to date. Also in store: The full Issey Miyake ready-to-wear men’s and women’s collections, textile-driven line Haat, everyday pieces from Cauliflower, bags and pouches from BaoBao and 132. 5 Issey Miyake—a new label developed by Miyake’s Reality Lab team, made from upcycled PET products.

Otte
37 North Moore St.
212-431-8501
Head to Otte for a collection of women’s fashion labels and accessories curated with a fashion editor’s eye. Whether you’re looking for sleek tailoring from 3.1 Phillip Lim, a statement gown from Alexander McQueen, pretty jewels from Caitlin Mociun or wardrobe staples from Rag & Bone, Rachel Comey, and Theysken’s Theory, you’ll find it all here. Winter’s most-wanted pieces? Phillip Lim’s Pashli satchel, Woolrich Arctic and Luxury parkas, Rag and Bone boots and J. Brand leather leggings.

J.Crew Liquor Store and The Ludlow Shop
235 West Broadway.
212-226-5476
J.Crew opened its first menswear-only boutique in the former Liquor Store Bar space in 2008 and it’s still a go-to destination for all things J.Crew (khakis, rugby shirts, cashmere sweaters) with a concept-store twist (complements such as fragrances from Brooklyn parfumer D.S. & Durga, hand-picked vintage and special edition pieces). While you’re there, check out the recently opened Ludlow Shop on nearby Hudson St., dedicated to the brand’s signature suit of the same name as well as the shoes, ties, and shirts to go with it, and an in-house monogramming service.

Patron of the New
151 Franklin St.
212-966-7144
From Linda Farrow sunglasses to shoes by Icelandic label Kron by KronKron to holistic silk picked up on his travels, Al Abayan strives to create a singular and eclectic shopping experience at his one-year-old boutique Patron of the New. The beautifully merchandised store, which luxuriates in 3,000 sq ft of space, puts Abayan’s discerning eye to good use, catering to man, woman, child and even dog. Some of our current favorite finds are dresses by Italian label Guilietta, A.F. Vandervorst boots and colorful knits from recent CFDA Award-winner Elder Statesman.

Thom Browne
100 Hudson St.
212-633-1197
The strategically rolled pant, the rugged beard, the shrunken suit: Thom Browne’s youthful, dapper style has become synonymous with New York menswear. Facial hair aside, at his flagship store you can pick up all these things and more, including preppy varsity jackets, leather dress shoes and slim cardigans. For a little extra you can also experience Browne’s made-to-measure service, all in the comfort of this bright, airy space the designer modelled after a gentleman’s office from the late fifties.

Steven Alan
103 Franklin St.
212-343-0692
The brand’s oldest and largest store, Steven Alan TriBeCa is a must-visit for the gold standard in contemporary casual fashion, including its own eponymous collection. For Fall, pick-up Isabel Marant’s crafty sweaters, Rachel Comey’s timeless boots, delicate rings from Bianca Monros Gomez and Steven Alan’s checkered wool Bristol jacket for women, and for men: Acne suiting, Levi’s Vintage jeans, and the brand’s classic winter parkas.