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Racked Recap: The Year In...Openings (Pt. 1)

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It's been a big year for New York City retail (and not just because Racked was born in March). This week, we'll relive the glorious highlights and gruesome lowlights. We've recapped the year's most ridiculous lines, saddest goodbyes, most menacing retail presences, most notable Street Scenes and turbulent retail stretches. Now, we're diving into the year's most important new stores.

3.1 Phillip Lim by Krieger, 07/17/2007

It was incredibly hard to pick only ten new shops of the many that opened this year to feature in our year-end recap, but by god, we've done it. Here, numbers ten through six, with the top five to follow.

10) 3.1 Phillip Lim: Phillip Lim, one of the year's most-buzzed about designers, finally opened his own store in Soho in July. The sleek, bi-level flagship is filled with Lim's perfect dresses, slightly quirky menswear and his jewelry and accessories collaboration with Bing Bang.

9) Papabubble: Artisanal candy? Why not. When Barcelona-based candy shop Papabubble opened in Nolita in October, gastronomes were over the moon. Made by hand, the beautiful and colorful treats include sizable lollies and candy rings available in flavors like passion fruit, kiwi, cinnamon and anise. The small-batch production methods of the place are part of its allure, but the real draw is the amazing, delicious product.

Hermès dished up il laboratorio del gelato from a special orange-hued cart in celebration of their Broad Street store opening.

8) Hermès: Wall Street, long overdue for luxury retail, got a shot in the arm this year. A Hermès store at 15 Broad Street just makes sense. Finally, a place to buy $150 ties after a long day of trading!

Little Marc on West 4th and Bank Streets in the West Village

7) Marc Jacobs WVill: Marc opened three new stores in the West Village this year. There was his men's store, his kid's store, and his new collection boutique. With five shops clustered within blocks of each other, will he be sated enough to give it a rest? Only time will tell!

DVF, still under construction after it opened in May

6) Diane von Furstenberg: What's pink and white and all dressy inside? That'd be DVF's new Meatpacking District shop. The legendary designer decorated her 2,100-square-foot flagship with hot-pink couches and a zebra rug, but it's most important contents are, of course, her flattering frocks.