Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
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 Flickr
Next up is Peter Davis, writer, man about town, and newly appointed editor of Avenue Magazine: "Tender Buttons on East 62nd Street is down the block from me and is the best spot to score weird, wonderful and just cool buttons that can re-vamp a boring blue blazer into something unique. The buttons are stored in dozens and dozens of drawers and the people who work there look as old as some of the buttons, which can go back to the 1900s. The windows are always themed and a must-see. It's very old school New York. I like to get military buttons from countries with horrible dictators to add a twisted punk rock politically incorrect twist to preppy tweed jackets."—Yale Breslin
· Tender Buttons [Official Site]
· Avenue Magazine [Official Site]