Some of the best places to find the most unique and stylish fashion finds are boutiques and independent retailers. Starting today, Nolcha and Local Boutique are celebrating the small businesses of fashion with Independent Retail Week (IRW).

IRW will be week full of great fashion and shopping events for all the fashionistas and stylish gents to enjoy!

Date: June 7th – 13th 2010

Visit the selected NYC retailers to collect your Independent Retail Week tote bag full of goodies including a shopping guide and city map:

Mini Centro: 59 Nassau Street
Mandee: 48 W. 14th Street

Show Off Your Fashion
Share your outfit before you attend an Independent Retail Week or post your Independent Retail Week purchase at and hear what people think of your style

Give Back – Umbrella Drive

Support a green New York and drop off your broken umbrellas to be transformed into fashion items. The proceeds of the created items will be donated to Haiti relief efforts.Each customer who brings an umbrella is given a chance to win an ethical prize package worth at least $250.  Prizes are donated by the international ethical designers of the Bel Esprit showroom. A list of participating retailers and their details will be posted shortly

Check out’s top 3 IRW NYC in-store events not to miss:

1. Get Beach Ready at Eidolon, 233 Fifth Avenue | All Week
Is offering 15% off all custom bathing suit orders all week!  Eidolon personally hand-makes retro style swimwear in a huge selection of great prints. The customer can come in during IRW for a personal fitting and choose from the different styles offered.

2. Meet Celebrity Stylist and Stylemom friend, Robert Verdi at Mandee, 48 West 14th Street | June 8th | 5pm- 9pm
Come hang out with Robert Verdi, celebrity stylist and TV personality, as you shop at Mandee for your perfect new look while KTU’s DJ Chris Bachman spins the hottest new beats LIVE!  Free photos taken by!  We will take your best pose in your Mandee outfit and upload it on our website for others to rate your fashionable look!  Mandee will give you a discount up to 25% off that purchase and refreshments will be provided by FUZE.

3. Early Father’s Day Treat for the Boys at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 East 11 Street | June 9th | 7 pm- 9pm
Now the boys will want to be out shopping with you! Take them to Bergino Baseball Clubhouse!  We’re having an event celebrating Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero with authors Danny Peary & Tom Clavin!  This event will feature a live podcast hosted by legendary New York sportscaster Rich Ackerman.

For a full list of events and participating boutiques and retailers, please visit

If you don’t live in the NYC Metro, never fear, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco will also host Independent Retail Week this year!

June 14 – 20: Philadelphia
October 18 – 24:
October 20 – 27:
San Francisco

Check back for updates for your city! Happy Shopping!! is a proud supporter and media sponsor of Independent Retail Week.