High and Ludlow

Spring Shopping on the Lower East Side

illustration: Yuko Shimizu

There are yet more tees across the street at Tees.com (124 Ludlow), where the shirts are displayed along with miniature detergent boxes ($5); instead of Tide and Wisk they say Slut and Kinky and they're filled with body wash. (Are we the only ones who aren't exactly sure what body wash is?) With our unerring knack for locating the most expensive thing in any shop, we home in on a tee decorated with a beaded and embroidered chandelier that is $54. But further investigation turns up a variety of appealing $24 shirts, including a vintage-looking homage to Hello Kitty and a black tee showing the four silvery heads of the New York Dolls, the quintessential glam-rock downtown band that was so popular in the 1970s, long before boutiques replaced bodegas on Ludlow Street.

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