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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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Nicky Zimmermann is the creative director and head designer of Zimmermann, a line of feminine swimwear founded in 1991 that personifies the bold style of Australian beaches. Nicky and her sister Simon started the label as a ready-to-wear line, but their diversion into bikinis and one-pieces was a smart move, as they were one of the first brands to fuse swimwear with fashion. Since landing stateside, Nicky's been doing some exploring. She recommends Lofty Vintage, a 2,000-square-foot loft space nestled inside a turn of the century warehouse in Yonkers.
One of my favorite stores is Lofty Vintage in Yonkers. Andrea the owner just has an amazing collection of vintage garments, jewelry and accessories. Everything has a story, every piece has come from somewhere or someone special and Andrea tells you all about it. I usually set aside two hours when I visit but always end up spending most of the day there. It's just one of those must-visit stores for me.· Lofty Vintage [Official Site]
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