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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
Photo via Male Pattern Boldness
This time around, we have Natalie Joos, the casting director who has lent her keen eye to the pages of virtually every magazine known to man, from V to i-D to Self Service, as well as numerous international fashion shows and advertising campaigns. The girl with a knack for vintage is letting us in on one of her most treasured shops, hidden in the heart of Chelsea.
"Marlene Wetherell owns a self-titled vintage store, literally hidden in the back on the second floor of a building on 25th Street. Anytime I mention it to people they have never heard of it, but when they go, they are beyond delighted with the wonderful, upscale selection she stocks. Marlene is a pleasure to shop with. She offers great advice and shows you pieces you wouldn't think of trying, but she's never pushy. Her staff is savvy and the whole experience is relaxed. Marlene has a lot of Yves Saint Laurent, Celine and Chanel, all in perfect condition and all relevant."—Yale Breslin
· Marlene Wetherell Vintage [Official Site]
· Natalie Joos Casting [Official Site]