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Here's a reason to get excited about the shops underneath the Plaza hotel: "In addition to Seize sur Vingt's new outpost, the hotel now also hosts the first U.S. MCM shop, a small, kiosklike space that carries the brand's collection of men's bags and accessories. It marks a return for the German company: During its eighties heyday, MCM's logo-branded merch had a Vuitton-like appeal, at least among rappers, many of whom wore bootleg clothing emblazoned with the symbol (Eric B and Just-Ice come to mind). MCM lost its cachet here during the late nineties and early 2000s, but after a series of recent store launches in Asia (and a restoration of hip-hop's favor), it's poised for a comeback."