West Vil­lage

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Oh-so-quaint and charm­ing hood, un­til you get tram­pled by those darn Sex and the City tour groups. Be­gin your ad­ven­ture at 37 Green­wich Ave. (cnr Charles St.) at Jonathan Adler / 212 488 2803 / jonathanadler.com; the mas­ter of ce­ram­ics also has plenty of juicy home­wares. Exit right and scoot on down to #9 Per­son­nel of New York / 212 924 0604 / per­son­nel ofnewyork.com / for cu­rated Cali ca­su­al­wear that brings a taste of Venice Beach to NYC. Exit right down to Christo­pher St. and if you look di­ag­o­nally across the vil­lage square, you’ll see C.O. Bigelow Chemists at 414 6th Ave. / 212 533 2700 / bigelow­chemists.com / ye old­est drug store in the US, with vin­tage at­mos and cult sup­plies. Race across for C.O., or right for hon­ey­bunch Christo­pher St. First on your right, get caught in fra­grante at #9 Aedes de Venus­tas / 212 206 8674 / aedes.com, a baroque jewel sell­ing the best in hardto-find scents and can­dles; el­e­gant Al­ber­tine at #13 / 212 924 8515 / al­ber­tine-nyc.com / stocks new Amer­i­can de­sign­ers and C.19th jew­ellery, and charm­ing Flat 128 next door at #15 / 646 707 0673 / flat128.com / fo­cuses on jew­ellery from Bri­tish ar­ti­sans. Cross for Lef­fot at #10 / 212 989 4577 / lef­fot.com / with trig men’s shoes from Au­bercy, Ed Green etc, plus MTM ser­vice; then squeal at the win­dow of Le Pe­tit Puppy at #18 / 212 727 8111 / lep­etit­pup­pynyc.com. No, you can’t have one. No, put it down. Ab­so­lutely NO! Oh al­right then, but YOU have to clean up af­ter it. Fido or no, cross for Doyle & Mueser at #19 / 347 982 4382 / doyle­mueser.com / a plush mini-club­house of­fer­ing beaut M/W’s be­spoke suit­ing. On the next cor­ner spot old-fash dinette Jef­frey’s Gro­cery / 646 398 4630 / jef­freysgro­cery.com / with full raw bar, sarnies or a glass of bub­bly if you’re pecky; or push on to find at #39 Green­wich Let­ter­press / 212 989 7464 / with sweet sta­tionery to-go or be­spoke. Exit and you’ll see that the road forks to your right: take the left fork along Grove St. cross­ing 7th Ave. Be­fore you reach the Bleecker St. retail belt, duck into Lori McLean at 49 Grove St. / 212 242 3204 / lorim­clean.com / for hand­made bi­jouterie, and note at the cor­ner with Bleecker is Caudalie / 212 308 3552 / caudalie.com / for French, vinebased beauty prods and skin­care. Now twirl right onto Bleecker and look out for the di­vine botan­i­cal cre­ations at Ovando florist at #337 (see V. Use­ful) and Gatsby-wor­thy hand­made hats also at #337 Goorin Bros. / 212 256 1895 / goorin.com. Alexis Bit­tar’s bold baubles in Lucite and daz­zle hues beckon at #353 / 212 727 1093 / alex­is­bit­tar.com, then ohso-sweet Su­cre at #357 / 212 352 1640 / su­crenyc.com / is packed with pretty ac­ces­sories hand­picked by owner Se­lima. Cross for Cyn­thia Row­ley’s femme frocks at #376 / 212 242 3803 / cyn­thiarow­ley.com, then zip left to the cor­ner of Perry St. for Robert Marc’s modish eye­wear at #386 / 212 242 6668 / robert marc.com. On the opp. cor­ner is Marc Jacobs’ wham-glam de­but beauty shoppe at #385 / 212 924 6126 / mar­c­ja­cobs.com, and next door, English bagmen Mul­berry / 917 261 4394 / of­fer a cus­tom de­sign ser­vice. Lulu Guin­ness across at #394 / 212 367 2120 / lu­luguin­ness.com / has fan­ci­ful arm art, and Jack Spade at #400 / 212 675 4085 / jackspade.com / is a on­estop wardrobe for dap­per dudes. Cross Bleecker for Bond No. 9 at #399 / 212 633 1641 / bondno9.com / and since you’re here, why not sam­ple the sig­na­ture ‘Bleecker St.’ scent? Go on, fuff it on...

Now, skirt around the lardy tourists lin­ing up out­side Magnolia Bak­ery and on to James Perse (w) at #411 / 212 620 9991 / james­perse.com / for but­ter-soft ba­sics. Leg it quick sticks back to Perry, whirl right, then left onto Hud­son and hike down to End of His­tory at #548½ / 212 647 7598 / theendof his­to­ryshop.blogspot.com / for a stag­ger­ing col­lec­tion of midcen­tury glass and light­ing, then cross the road for the teeny Mon­o­cle store at #535 / 212 229 1120 / mon­o­cle.com. Dar­ling, you must be drier than a Quaker’s con­ven­tion by now, so bee­line one block down to Em­ploy­ees Only (see Bars) for ex­em­plary mar­ti­nis be­hind the glow­ing ‘psy­chic’ sign.

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