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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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Will Torres is the owner of Willspace, a training studio on West 10th Street that has helped to turn the bodies of people like Bravo's Andy Cohen into chiseled, camera-ready physiques. He's also a clotheshorse, and when he's not in spandex and running shoes, he's outfitted in gear from NUMBER:Lab, a line of masculine athletic-inspired clothes that launched in 2007. Luckily, for both Torres and us, they've just launched their first free-standing store.
One of my latest finds is just off the Highline, my favorite place for early morning runs. NUMBER:Lab recently opened its first store called "the:LAB" in Chelsea on Tenth Avenue between 28th and 29th. It's a prime art gallery neighborhood as well. The store, much like the clothes, has a very architectural feel, which is very cool since the designer, Luis Fernandez was once an architect. NUMBER:Lab fuses performance with sophistication in every design. The Transformer Tank is perfect for working out. And I'm looking forward to winter getting here so I can sport the NUMBER:Lab Cadet Coat.· NUMBER:Lab [Official Site]
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