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This week, Jon Caramanica visits the new Croc store in Soho, where he immediately determines what makes it different from the rest of the neighborhood's retail: "Theme-park Soho can bear the H&M, the Uniqlo, the Topshop, even the Desigual, all international chain stores, opened in the last few years, that reasonable New Yorkers might go to for affordable basics. Crocs, though, might be the first shop in the neighborhood to cater almost wholly to non-natives (except Mario Batali, who probably has a tab there). This is a store designed completely for export. It might as well be duty-free." [NYT]