“Although Nolita’s Babel Fair isn’t a total secret, this rad little boutique has that wander-in-and-discover-something-new quality that makes it perfect for window-shopping weekends. One of my best impulse purchases was a stack of colorful bracelets I found displayed on their island of fun tchotchkes. Its well-curated stock of lesser-known labels, international designers, and colorful accessories make it worth the trip.”

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Who: Erica Kiang, owner of Babel Fair.
What She’s Wearing: A long, sheer vintage El Delgado Buil shirt in blue porcelain print.

Fall Must-Have #1

Funktional leather-sleeve varsity jacket, $399.
“A play on a typical varsity jacket, this uber-luxe version makes us think of a super-chic high school—one where our lockers are devoid of ill-fitting uniforms and filled with jackets made of lamb leather and silk. A Clueless throwback.”

Fall Must-Have #2

TBA- Ford silk pants in hot pink, $189, Funktional Skip Blouse in sapphire blue, $159.
“Avoid all drab fall colors and invest in a few pop-color pieces this season. We love to mix and match bold colors for a color-block look.”

Fall Must-Have #3

El Delgado Buil vintage horse print wide-leg pants, $419, and sheer asymmetrical beaded-collar blouse, $269.
“Katharine Hepburn always got it right—the billowier the better. This season our favorite Spanish label, El Delgado Buil, focuses on wide-leg pants and oversized shirts in vintage prints.”


When it comes to New York shopping, we were certain that we knew pretty much everything. So, we’re a tad embarrassed to confess that this cutting-edge Nolita boutique completely took us by surprise during a weekend jaunt down Elizabeth Street. The name: Babel Fair, a little NYC shop that packs a mondo punch with hard-to-find clothing, accessories, and treasures that speed up our heart-rate to dangerous levels. The boutique was founded in October by Erica Kiang, a world traveler (hence the reference to the infamous Tower of Babel), who spends a good chunk of her year exploring foreign fashion in far-flung locales. The result is a carefully curated shop of wonders stocked with a laundry list of designers that aren’t carried anywhere else in the city. Look for zipper-detailed frocks from Spain’s El Delgado Buil and loud print scarves from Brazilian brand Alessa, plus Japanese denim, Argentinean leather, French chocolate, and custom-made acrylic nails from Hong Kong. Plus, the interior is pretty worldly, too—we’re loving the crate-like tables, screaming yellow boxes, and the upside-down mural of artsy, iconic buildings. If you haven’t checked it out, we urge you to do so—you’ll walk out feeling like your style passport got a whole lot more stamps.

Ms. Kiang was nice enough to give us the inside scoop on her five favorite items available in the store right now:

1. El Delgado Buil Leather Scarf with Zip Pockets ($249): “Keep your hands free with this best-selling leather scarf by Spanish line El Delgado Buil—a chic combination of a scarf and a wallet!”

2. El Delgado Buil Chiffon Striped Skirt ($299): “This flirty chiffon skirt is subtly sexy with transparent stripes that reveal a glimpse of boy shorts underneath.”

3. Striped Romper by Danish brand Gestuz ($159): “Gestuz hit the nail on the head with this edgy romper that has a slinky Blade Runner feel.”

4. “R75” Binary Code Watch by Japan’s Tokyo Flash ($249): “We still can’t read the R75 binary code watch, yet it’s our favorite accessory. Go figure.”

5. Morrine Comte Marant Ruffle Vest ($249), & Bow-Tie Necklace ($49) : “This vest and necklace feel like a cool version of Gossip Girl . How could that be a bad thing?”

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