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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.
Image via Mantiques Modern
Originally from New Zealand, Mack Dugan has been living in New York for the past decade, working as a freelance fashion designer and pattern maker for some of NYC's finest. He's cut patterns for brands such as Heatherette, UNIS, The Row, and Mandy Coon, but on the side, he's busy working on his own line, a menswear label of eccentric baseball caps (which were recently sold at Ladyfag's POPsouk). For inspiration, and to reaffirm his notion that there still are unique items to purchase in our fair city, he regularly checks out Mantiques Modern.
When I'm in need of some serious browsing or a dose of consumer confirmation that there actually IS great stuff out there to buy still, a visit to Mantiques in Chelsea really scratches that itch. Mantiques is a modern antique store full of amazing pieces I wish I had discovered myself.
I first noticed the store while working for a client in the area. A window display full of pearl-encrusted skeletons caught my eye every time I rushed by. On closer inspection I could see a motorized tabletop model of the solar system, with perfect little gears, motors and pulleys. Now I was really interested.
When I finally had a moment to actually go into the store I was happy to discover such a plethora of amazing things. I felt like I was at a combined estate sale of Jules Verne and an Italian industrialist tycoon from the 40's.
The selection is well curated, with a mix of modern antiques, art, jewelry and other random objects. I would wear every piece of the vintage Hermés silver jewelry and I want all of the amazing Miguel Berrocal Richelieu puzzle sculptures in my living room, as well as the colossal Mack truck emblem. It would be perfect for the doorway of my studio.
The guys at the store just let you roam without bothering you but are helpful if you have questions. Another thing that strikes me about Mantiques is that it is pretty expensive, but I suppose that's one of the reasons that I keep coming back. It's nice to have a store that is full of desirable objects that I want, but in reality, shouldn't really buy. I have a pretty good feeling that one of these days, when I'm in the right mood, that I'll be able to call that miniature solar system mine to keep.· Mantiques Modern [Official Site]
· Mack Dugan [Official Site]
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