A clothing store may seem out of place among cannoli and pizzerias, but Courtshop's old-school styles and retro vibe feel just right in Little Italy.
The tiny blink-and-you'll-miss-it boutique belongs to Nicole Tondre, owner of the much-adored (and now shuttered) East Village vintage hot spot Circa Now. While Tondre retains Circa Now's mod trench coats and tactile dresses, Courtshop's namesake '70s-inspired denim is the main attraction.
As if the clean, classic cuts weren't alluring enough, we haven't seen such flattering (and affordable) high-rise jeans since the days of disco. Each pair manages to enhance our best assets while concealing those we're not so fond of.
We've found our new everyday pair in the mid-rise skinny jean ($110) which hits at the hips and tucks easily into boots, and the soft, inky blue Drea jeans ($157) feel like second skin. Our favorite style is the Halston-era, faded-blue Celine jean ($135). With a slightly flared leg and relaxed silhouette, this modern riff on the bell-bottom is on trend without feeling costumey.
Keep the polyester and platforms in storage, but feel free to sport these stylish blasts from the past with a peasant blouse and your best Farrah Fawcett flip.
Courtshop, 178 Mulberry St. (at Broome St.); 212-925-1022 or courtshop.com