Sustainable City Guide to NYC - Soho
Sustainable City Guides are quick handbooks to help you have a perfect afternoon or day in cities around the world! A group of talented influencers have all chipped in with their favorite haunts.
You are in for a treat!
New York has so many sustainable shopping and dining options that I couldn’t make just one guide! This is my perfect shopping day in Soho. A guide for the Lower East Side is on its way! Google map with all of these locations saved is here.
If you are hungry, start at Black Seed Bagels on Elizabeth Street for a quick breakfast! There are plenty of delicious veggie options as well as choices for omnivores.
If you just want a coffee, start at PlantShed Cafe - I’ve never bought a plant there, but it’s the most beautiful jungle of a florist, and a treat for the eyes.
Either way, I like to take my snack to go and walk up to Elizabeth Street Garden to enjoy a quiet minute before an action packed day of window shopping.
From the garden, it’s a short walk to Credo Beauty, where you can check out clean beauty products in a gorgeous space. Then, I always pop into Ina to browse their incredible designer consignment for men and women - not only do they have vintage, but also current season items that are heavily discounted from retail.
Everlane is right across the street - and while I think they need to work on their labor policies, they’re definitely more sustainable than most brands out there.
I love visiting Coclico to look through their minimalist shoes and serene space. They also usually carry a couple pairs of Alice + Whittles rainboots - if you are considering getting a pair, I recommend taking this opportunity to try them on! They run small, but the quality is excellent. Just order one full size up!
Reformation is 3 blocks north if you want to look through their feminine dresses made with deadstock and innovative, eco friendly fabrics. Ref has plenty of petite options and has announced plans to make their sizing more inclusive starting spring 2019.
Head over to Alternative Apparel to see their comfy essentials, and then stop into BeautyCounter’s new flagship store to swatch all the makeup you can get your hands on! And if ever you’re wondering which Beautycounter & Counterman products are vegan? I did the legwork for you! Check out the details here.
Walk back up to Spring St to pop into Kotn, which has a subtle, on trend take on cotton essentials. Rather than not working with conventional cotton farmers, Kotn has taken the initiative to help their farmers transition to organic farming over the next couple of years. Also their line is totally cute & the prices are ridiculously reasonable. Don’t miss this one!!
TheRealReal’s flagship store is one of my favorite places to shop in NYC because it feels airy and light, and yet still has plenty of options for both men and women. The store is cleverly grouped by approximate size and theme, so it’s shoppable, yet retains the thrill of the hunt.
It’s not strictly sustainable clothing, but I can never resist stopping into Flying Solo, a collective for emerging designers. Most of the garments are made locally, and many are made with natural or deadstock materials. Just ask! The designers are all required to work several shifts at the store, so chances are the person you greets you at the store also made the gown that you can’t wait to try on.
To cap off a perfect day of sustainable shopping in Soho, there’s only one place where I want to have a decadent late lunch - By Chloe! You could order a salad, but I’ll be having one of their delicious plant based burgers (I always try a different one) and a fresh coconut to drink. Have a wonderful time in New York!