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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 local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Everyone's favorite nightlife queen Ladyfag not only gets the party started, but anyone who has been within a one-centimeter radius of her presence knows her outfits are insane, with that being a good thing. Her jaw-dropping get ups are comprised of elaborate vintage finds, exceptional details, and hand-picked one-of-a-kind gems.
Her secret picker is another lady named Katie McDonnell, a vintage fashion and design expert who has been Ladyfag's secret source—until now. She's at The Antiques Garage market every Saturday and Sunday, occupying Space 23 on the lower level. And with Lady's upcoming daytime event called "Pop Souk" happening this Sunday, October 23rd at Hiro Ballroom (the event consists of a slew of creative downtown folk who will be curating their own mini pop up shops), we wonder if Katie will have a hand in Lady's outfit of choice. Only time will tell.
"I used to sell vintage clothing in Canada, so when I first moved to New York, I started going to the Antiques Garage every weekend with homesickness. There was one booth that stood out that was full of the most amazing vintage pieces. Everything seemed handpicked just for me; it's full of gypsy-inspired looks and obscure designer labels. But it's really as much about the fabulous proprietor Katie McDonnell. Katie has such great personal style and I could spend hours talking vintage to her...and I do. She always seems to know what I like. Years ago, she suggested this floor length black pleated skirt, she was so right that it's now in the garbage—I wore it to shreds! One day while out with a friend, Katie rode by on her bike waving to us both. We looked at each other, laughing 'you too?!!' Seems like the secret of Katie is not mine alone!."