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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 Stephen Kahan Jewelry
Amanda Pearl Brotman launched her Amanda Pearl Jewels collection in Fall 2009, inspired by modern art, vintage travel posters, and high fashion from the 1950s and 1960s. She began designing evening bags out of her Greenwich Village apartment, and now, three years later, she's seen her designs on stylish ladies like Chloë Sevigny, Blake Lively, Emma Stone and Hailee Steinfeld. Her favorite shop in NYC? Stephen P. Kahan, a store on the Upper East Side that easily gets lost in the shuffle of Barneys patrons.
This gem of a shop is hiding in plain sight, just a stone's throw from Barneys on East 61st Street. Easy to overlook after being blinded by the high-wattage windows of stores like Graff around the corner on Madison, their narrow storefront is a treasure trove of antique jewels. On display one will find vintage Cartier, Buccellati and Tiffany pieces mixed with the likes of other unnamed but über-covetable estate finds. I could ogle their display for days, making up stories for what the past lives of these pieces might have been or picking something new for my "dream bauble" wish list. Whether you're shopping or just looking for jeweled inspiration, this shop is a must stop.· Stephen P. Kahan [Official Site]
· Amanda Pearl [Official Site]
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