Consignment is one way to recession-proof a dedicated designer habit (it’s not about want versus need, it’s want thus need. Right?) Pick up Vuitton, Chloe, Prada, and other smoking-hot labels (loads of denim), or unload what’s too good to even pass on to a friend. Many a best-dressed New Yorker drops in these shops. The Chelsea outpost is big and clean, and happily without the weekend tourist anarchy of Nolita weekends.