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Forbes Doesn't Think Much of NYC Shopping; Three Store Parties

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EVERYWHERE—Want to hear the name of a city that Forbes magazine says has better shopping than New York? Detroit. Want to hear another one? Phoenix. Want a third? Jacksonville, Florida. In fact, our city ranked 22nd on their list of the top 25 shopping cities in the country, directly after El Paso. Judging on criteria like number of shopping centers and affordability, Forbes awarded first place to Houston, where you can spend all day in the Galleria Mall without ever being forced to experience the horrors of sunshine or street life. [Forbes via Racked National]

FORT GREENE—Sure, Houston has mall parking, but we have well-edited boutiques like Stuart & Wright, which is taking 15% off its stock of labels like APC and Rachel Comey tonight until 10pm as part of its holiday shopping party. They'll also be serving hot toddies—try getting one of those in the Galleria. [Racked Inbox]

NOLITA—Meanwhile, on Kenmare Street, JF & Son is offering discounts of 15% all weekend and free cocktails tonight from 6pm to 8pm. The label makes a point of paying its factory workers three times the living wage and providing health insurance for all of them. There's no JF & Son in Phoenix—but there are six Wal-Marts. [Racked Inbox]

LOWER EAST SIDE—Granted, neither Stuart & Wright and JF & Son is particularly cheap. But tonight at Stanton Street shop Convent from 5pm to 8pm, designer Ellen von Dusen is selling fall merchandise from her Dusen Dusen label for under $120 along with handmade exclusives like pillows and scarves for $30 and under. Seriously, Forbes, can we get a recount? [Racked Inbox]

Stuart & Wright

85 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY