While we miss the beach days of summer, there’s something inherently satisfying about bundling up with a scarf and your favorite cashmere on a crisp fall day. Here are our favorite New York boutiques for finding that perfect autumn sweater.
319 Bleeker St.
Famous for its Breton “chandail” sweater, Saint James hails from a sleepy French port town and has been making the striped top for over 150 years. Over that time, it has perfected the art while winning over the hearts of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow. Visit its adorable West Village boutique to browse the latest collection. Photo courtesy of @SaintJames.
Multiple locations, including 683 Madison Ave.
This Italian brand has made its name in cashmere, basically inventing the trend of brightly colored sweaters in the 1980s. Today, it’s mellowed, with chic neutral tones that pair well with any fall look—men’s or women’s. A full 20 percent of profits goes to founder Brunello Cucinelli’s foundation, which funds restoration and development projects in his tiny Umbrian village. There are three stores here in New York City, with a flagship close to WestHouse on Madison Avenue. Photo courtesy of @silviagorlini.
Multiple locations in Brooklyn, including 220 Smith St.
Make the trek to Brooklyn if only to stop by one of Bird’s three boutiques. Leading the fashion crowd across the East River since 1999, it carries gorgeous sweaters for men and women from brands like Lemaire, Acne Studios and Alexander Wang. Founder Jen Mankins is self-admittedly obsessed with colors and prints, so expect more than your usual beige cardigan from her Cobble Hill, Park Slope and Williamsburg stores. Photo courtesy of @shopbirdboutique.
Multiple locations, including 794 Lexington Ave.
We discovered Pookie & Sebastian’s Upper East Side boutique simply because the cute name caught our attention, but we come back year after year for its fun and funky clothes at prices that won’t break the bank. Among the racks of flirty party dresses, you’ll find a sizeable collection of sweaters as well, with an emphasis on the always-stylish cable knit. Photo courtesy of @amyselling.