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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Jennie Arnau runs and owns Peregrine, a boutique men's showroom that specializes in designers like Oliver Spencer, Gilded Age and Whillas & Gunn. A musician by night, she plays what she calls "Alternative American country," and every now and then, when she wants to take a step back in time, she heads over to De Vera, a boutique on Crosby Street that houses everything including Venetian glass, Japanese lacquer, ivory carvings, 18th century religious figures and antique jewelry.
I have a store in mind that I absolutely love. It's called De Vera and it's located in South Soho. I think there might be a location uptown too. De Vera is both fragile and powerful all at the same time. The sales staff are more than knowledgeable about everything from rocks that naturally look like landscapes to religious dolls of all sizes and ages.
I love the way the store is curated with a large glass entrance that takes you back in time and a window in the floor that peeks into the lower level. Every glass case is layered with beautiful unusual items from days gone by. They also take antique bobbles and turn them into jewelry. To me, that is truly fascinating and unique, while some are very bold and others are exceptionally delicate. Every piece inside De Vera feels like an adventure to me.· De Vera [Official Site]
· Peregrine Showroom [Official Site]
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