48 West 8th Street
Enz is one of those classic Village boutiques. The walls are hung with
all sorts of clothing that you'd see in fetish magazines, and multi
coloured wigs are displayed on the whitest foam heads. Piercing jewelry
gleams in the display case, and the owner walks around the store, smoothing
a dress on the mannequin or straightening an out of place item in the
Enz shines as a gothic boutique, featuring all sorts of clothing- long
tulle skirts and short tu-tu skirts are usually available in black, red and
purple. Unisex shirts and spiderweb lace are available between the large
amount of pvc vinyl and rubber items, such as bustiers, skirts, and gloves.
The wig selection is a rainbow of colours and styles. In other words, if
you are looking for a green bob cut wig, Enzs would be a good place to check.
The store also sports a piercing parlour in the back. The advertised
price is $30, including jewelry. While this is one of the better prices in
NYC for a piercing, remember a cardinal rule of life: sometimes you get
what you pay for.
As a boutique shop, though, Enzs has a good variety of items that many not
be readily available other places, making them a good stop for the dressing
needs of those of us who prefer to be clad in black, pvc and lace.
Commentary by Joan Rachel Dennis, Tuesday, December 30, 1997.
|Photo: Risa / Model: Clifford Low|