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Gather 'round, fashion boys and girls! It is now time to announce the winners of the first annual Racked Awards. These 100 nominees represent the industry's biggest players—the smartest, the chic-est, the dreamiest, the most creative, and the most fun designers, stores, and shopping experiences around these five boroughs and beyond. We applaud them. You spend money with them. Everyone loves them. They should and will be showered with glory.
But before we list the honorees, let's attend to a bit of business. We have two different types of prizes to give out today: The reader awards, which were voted on by you and your fellow shoppers, and the staff awards, which were determined by a highly selective cabal of Racked insiders in our secret mountain holdfast high above the Bowery. Reader awards for New York were comprised of five major categories: Store of the Year, Menswear Store of the Year, Best New Store, Best Brooklyn Store, and Most Mindblowing Shoe Selection. As for the other awards, they're a little more specific and possibly a little more quirky. We'll include them all after the jump.
Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in the Meatpacking District. Those winners who couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing the coveted Golden Turban. And now, without further ado, the winners in New York.
RACKED NY AWARDS 2011
Store of the Year
Nominees: Barneys, Opening Ceremony, Uniqlo, Alexander Wang, Bird, Bergdorf Goodman, Madewell, Fairway, RRL, Creatures of Comfort
Menswear Store of the Year
Nominees: Gant Rugger, Onassis, Ralph Lauren Men's Shop (Rhinelander Mansion), Epaulet, Palmer Trading Company, Nepenthes, Freemans Sporting Club, Saturdays Surf, J.Crew Men's Shop, Odin
Best New Store
Nominees: Alexander Wang, Aritzia, Surface to Air, Treasure & Bond, Frye, The Reformation, Maison Ladurée, RRL West Broadway, Marimekko, Thomas Sires
Winner: Treasure & Bond
Best Brooklyn Store
Nominees: Bird, Dear Fieldbinder, Dalaga, Life Curated, Oak, In God We Trust, Brooklyn Circus, Stuart & Wright, Epaulet, The Brooklyn Flea
Winner: Life Curated
Most Mindblowing Shoe Selection
Nominees: Shoe Market, Jeffrey, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Opening Ceremony, Topshop, Dolce Vita, Frye, Flight Club, Rag & Bone
Winner: Bergdorf Goodman
Sale of the Year
Nominees: Alexander Wang, Barneys Warehouse Sale, Steven Alan, DVF, Hermés, Of a Kind, A.P.C., Club Monaco, Loeffler Randall and Vena Cava, Proenza Schouler
Winner: Alexander Wang
Best Public Stunt
Nominees: Uniqlo's High Line roller rink, Target's Tweeting doll Marina, Daphne Guinness in the window at Barneys, Man Repeller in the window at Bloomingdale's, Daffy's runway cake
Winner: Uniqlo's High Line roller rink
Nominees: Life Curated, Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg, Alter Graham Avenue, Artists & Fleas, 10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas
Winner: Alter Graham Avenue
Best Fitting Room Eavesdropping
*No other nominations necessary.
Cutest Store Sidekick
Nominees: Monkey the Boston Terrier at Any Old Iron, the fashion bunnies at Alexander Berardi, Dirt the French Bulldog at Eva Gentry, Swatch the dog at Mood Fabrics, the four cats of Moo Shoes
Winner: Monkey the Boston Terrier at Any Old Iron
Best Store Windows
Nominees: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Nasty Pig, Moschino, Paul Smith
Winner: Bergdorf Goodman
Best Store Design
Nominees: Tory Burch, Mulberry (Soho), Surface to Air, Jil Sander, Prada, RRL, Margiela, CDG, Balenciaga, Atelier
Winner: Mulberry (Soho)
Nominees: Bloomingdale's (Midtown), Jeffrey, Opening Ceremony, Barneys fourth floor, BLK DNM, Bergdorf Goodman beauty department, Apple (Soho), Room & Board, the shops at the Plaza
Winner: Bergdorf Goodman beauty department
For a ton more national winners (Net-a-Porter! Sarah Burton!) and all of the winners across the country, head to Racked National.