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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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Emily Hirsch was raised on a vineyard in Northern California, and she isn't afraid to travel far and wide for the perfect gently used statement piece. She's since transplanted to NYC, where she's outsourced some of her questing to a vintage shop on East 9th Street called Duo.
At least 50% of the clothes I wear are vintage, and it's always a hunt to find pieces that fit, are classic and don't cost a ton. I was lucky that my favorite vintage shop found me. Duo in the East Village was one of the first places that asked to sell my amulet necklaces. Ever since I set foot in Wendy and LaRae's store, we have been fast friends, and I always find something to take home with me. They are constantly going on vintage buying trips and finding the type of clothes that you instantly grab and don't let go.
Every piece I've bought there I end up wearing constantly, from a loose, chunky-knit cropped silk sweater with a front pocket to the perfect 70s black dress with thick lace netting at the top and four dangerously high slits. They also stock a very curated group of current lines like Dusen Dusen clothing, Erin Considine Jewelry and The Wild Unknown Prisms. But the best thing about Duo is that Wendy and LaRae are so warm and welcoming, as is their adorable dog Frankie.· Talon [Official Site]
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