Chelsea in New York City is known for its retail. A far cry from 5th Avenue, Chelsea’s selection of boutique shops offers one of the best selections of vintage goods, fine styles, and eclectic selections of almost anything under the sun. 

And this should be no surprise. In the greatest city in the world, it’s only natural to expect that New York City not only has the most sought-after high-profile brands, but also some of the most interesting retail this side of the Mississippi. 

Without further ado, here are the 10 best shops you have to check out in Chelsea. 

Artists & Fleas

For the patron in all of us, Artists & Fleas is a space where creative goods of all kinds have a home. The self-described “Marketplace of Makers,” Artists & Fleas specializes in retailing products made by ingenious inspired minds in all mediums ranging from boutique clothing to self care. New vendors arrive every other week, so the selection is always changing.

Visit Artists & Fleas’ website here.

Letter J

In the heart of Chelsea’s Gallery District, Letter J is redefining menswear retail for the better. Lauded by Psycho Bunny CEO and founder Robert Goldman as “…a leader in the New York City area for menswear,” Letter J’s tightly curated selection serves mens’ fashion tastes from the straightforward to the eccentric. 

Visit Letter J’s website here.

Malin + Goetz

There are few self-care brands that take the industry to the level of art, and Malin + Goetz stands alone in that distinction. Armed with a philosophy of using only natural ingredients with the highest tech in producing hair, body, and face products, this modern apothecary is leading the way in sustainable production and packaging. Oh, and they don’t test on animals!

Visit Malin + Goetz’ website here.

Mantiques Modern

Perhaps one of the most interesting stores in New York City, Mantiques Modern is a second-hand store for people with first-hand tastes. They specialize in prized rarities of all types, such as a vintage Hermes Equestrian Champagne Ice Bucket (price not listed, of course), just witnessing its legendary stock of fineries is a trip. 

Visit Mantiques Modern’s website here.

192 Books

It’s an elite bookshop with titles for every taste. Along with having thousands of titles with such distinctions as first printings and signed copies, they also hold exhibitions for art, and serve as a stopping point for famous writers on the regular. 

Visit 192 Book’s website here.

Parke And Ronen

Parke And Ronen is boutique men’s swimwear like you’ve never seen before. Unlike almost any other representation of this market, they take this style of clothing on a high-art, Euro-inspired detour designed for finer tastes. 

Visit Parke And Ronen’s website here.

Story

The brainchild of Rachel Shechtman, this gallery/retail location would feature a rotating selection of fine products by artistic designers and exciting new businesses. Since its open, Story has been acquired by Macy’s, who rolled out Shechtman’s concept into dozens of stores across the country. 

Visit Story’s website here.

Maison 140

Maison 140 is a high-end, Euro-inspired home decor boutique whose fineries come from brands on the high end of any kind of taste. The store itself is located in a historical Chelsea townhouse, so the environment itself is something to be enjoyed and admired.

Visit Maison 140’s website here.

Chelsea Market

Branded as the “last bohemian haven,” Chelsea Market is an iconic shopping center that features a rotating selection of food, shopping, and activities. The diversity of offerings make Chelsea Market a place you could get lost in for hours. 

Visit Chelsea Market’s website here.

Housingworks Thrift Shops

This thrift shop in the heart of Chelsea sells incredibly-priced and high-quality pieces with a mission—to raise money for those affected by HIV and AIDS. Featuring both an online bidding system and physical location, it’s perfect for the socially- and price-conscious shopper for fine gently-used goods.

Visit Housingworks Thrift Shop’s website here.

There are dozens more retail locations to choose from, but these rise to the top for interest, exclusivity, and sheer ability to uplift retail into an art form. Before or after you’ve browsed these incredible shops, make sure to see when you’ll be able to “Sea The City” from the Hudson River—contact us today!

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