NYC's Most Interesting Shop?
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I am a slavish devotee of Maryam Nassir Zadeh, stylist and owner of the Lower East Side shop that bears her name. Why? The world she has created is more experiential than commercial. Zadeh, along with her business/life partner Uday Kak (a photographer by training), takes a sideways approach to glamour, blending high and low with old and new. Polished concrete flooring and thrifted furniture comprise the backdrop for a selection of previously unseen clothing, sculptural jewelry, and found objects. Jewelry is displayed on a marble slab table salvaged from a nearby pizza parlor, and textiles are draped on an abandoned church pew. For more information, visit Maryam Nassir Zadeh . Photography via The Selby (except where noted). Above: Zadeh and Kak debate the placement of jewelry on a vintage table. Above: Flea-market finds and a black fabric sculpture coexist in a corner of the store. Above: Bleached coral, paired with off-white brogues. Above: A clothing rack is stocked with pieces by Electric Feathers , Susan Cianciolo , and Isabel Marant . Above: Dried gourds sit below colorful Fredricks & Mae Arrows ($95 each). Photo via Shopikon . Above: A clothing rack functions as a sculptural element in the space. Above: The Palm's Necklace by Lauren Manoogian; $196 (L). Summer hats, shoes, and jewelry (R). Photo via Claudia Cifu . Above: Blankets on display; potted cacti and succulents add a note of green to the urban space. Photo via Refinery29 . Above: A white poplin dress from Japanese designer Undercover, available via the website (photography by Uday Kak and styling by Zadeh). Photo via Maryam Nassir Zadeh .