Max & Gino's
7911 Jericho Tpke. Woodbury, NY 516-364-1700
Max & Gino's has been a favorite shop of teens from the north and south shores alike for years, but Strouse says the open-minded attitude Long Islanders have towards style always keeps things interesting. "Our customers will go outside the box," she says.
The stores are a mix of pieces they've made themselves (Vintage Harley Davidson tees found at thrift stores are cut and sewn onto the back of sweatshirts and adorned with studs), and on-trend brands such as Chaser and Free People. Among the best sellers right now? Camo-print, muscle tanks, $38-88 (layer one under a cardigan to carry it into fall), high-waisted jeans, $48-68 and back-to-school bags, $50-150.
Butter, their original brand geared towards elementary and middle school students, has its own space at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station and also occupies a small but notable section of Max & Gino's stores with colorful sweats decoraed with graphics inspired by iPhone Emojis and popular games such as Candy Crush.
And speaking of tech-savvy style, the store's Instagram handle, @maxandginos, is a major hit with young fans. "We'll post something, and I'll get calls from moms before their kids are even out of school saying, 'I heard you got this new item into the store,'" Strouse says.
There are additional locations in Hewlett (1317 Broadway) and Merrick (2073 Merrick Rd.)