Neighborhood: Little Italy
Type of Place: Women's Clothing


C’est la vie Canal Street Jeans, Levi’s and maybe even GAP jeans, there’s a new pair of cowgirls in town. Founders Nicole Tondre and Lisa Fuller have had customers hawking their own, upbeat denim brand specializing in high-waist, classic watches and anything the two designers deem “non-fashion” for about 5 years now, and boy, is it refreshing!  I don’t know about you, but I say good riddance to the ridiculously low-cut, muffin-top exposing trends that have inundated the denim market for what seems like eons now, and I am a big fan of Nolita’s Courtshop. Not a stitch these girls talk about relates to fads, rather they focus on what fits, feels and looks good in a non-conventional fashion.

In NYC particularly, being unpretentious yet still totally fashionable and hip is a tough act to play, but Tondre and Fuller have made it easy for New Yorkers and tourists alike to look good by creating a selection with major wardrobe staples that look catwalk-fit but understated at the same time, and at exceptionally reasonable prices. While it’s taken a while for the boutique to come out from under the rocks as a sole cult go-to, the denim line is now stocked in more than 100 stores including Stevan Alan and Don’t be surprised to see the occasional celebrity (i.e. Drew Barrymore and Michelle Williams) roaming the streets of NYC in a pair of classic-washed Courtshop denim jeans.

Let’s talk about those great prices: The denim line in general runs from about $97 - $135 and features such goodies as high-waisted skinnies, $127, pocket-front, $115, pinstriped shorts, $97 and more. Aside from jeans, Tondre and Fuller flaunt an impressive selection of cutting-edge jewelry including a line by Pamela Love that runs from $85- $250 (I actually purchased a rustic arrowhead necklace as a gift for a Cherokee friend of mine for $170). I drooled over what seemed like a good accompaniment for it: a sculptured feather cuff, but its price was a little steep at $230. You’ll find other clothing there that is vintage and curated by the owners that holds price tags of about $70 - $200 such as this supercool Flight Path leather jacket for $110 which I have had my eye on for some time now but haven’t even tried on for fear I will end up sacrificing my electricity for the sake of a leather jacket.

For the shopper looking to revamp their denim collection with a next-generation kind of look that is not obnoxiously trendy, gallop over to Courtshop and lasso in some amazingly fabulous pieces.  

  - Janice Bevilacqua

168 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-1022