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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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Helen Dealtry moved to New York City from London in 2003. For the last decade, she's been designing printed textiles and working with design houses across the globe, including Kenzo and Madewell. As of late, she's the head designer at a print design studio in Brooklyn that specializes in hand-painted, digitally printed patterns for clothing and interiors. When she needs a bit of sartorial advice, or some work-related inspiration, she ventures over to Malin Landaeus, a vintage haven located in Williamsburg.
I think it was an incredible vintage hat that first caught my eye in the window of Malin Landaeus, my favorite store in Williamsburg. Tucked around the corner just off North 8th and Bedford, it's easy to miss, but this store is a total mecca for any designer or discerning vintage maven. Some of my most treasured pieces come from this store: an awesome leopard print cape, perfectly worn-in oxford boots and 1980's floral jumpsuit!
But the real gem at this store is Malin herself. One of the most effortlessly stylish people I have ever met, she has this incredible ability to pull out a person's inner style, offering up ideas on how vintage pieces from her collection can sit in with your current wardrobe. I love the way she displays the pieces, often in texture-mixed color blocks. It's rammed in there with goodies, but it always feels pulled together. Malin and her daughter Nova have fun with the garments; I've learned a few cool tricks from them, like wearing a cardigan upside down to change the drape of the item. Don't be intimidated by the stylish girls who work there, as Malin has the nicest staff who genuinely love to play dress-up with you!
· Malin Landaeus [Official Site]
· Dealtry [Official Site]
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