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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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Alexandra O'Neill is one of the co-founders of Porter Grey, a line of contemporary sportswear that she launched with her sister Kristin in 2006. Focusing on producing garments for the everyday woman with hints of urban elegance and relaxed sophistication, these NYC-based girls have made a new spot for themselves due to their fresh, updated, and classic designs, and have already been featured inside the pages of Harper's Bazaar, People Style Watch, and Marie Claire. When she needs a little bit of vintage inspiration, she checks out Patrina, a quaint boutique in Soho that always manages to help her with holiday shopping.
Patina is a vintage store on Broome Street that has the most amazing collection of '50s and '60s clothing and accessories. Ranging from fur coats to home accessories, there is a little bit of everything jammed into this tiny jewel box of a store. The store is meticulous with a well-edited collection of pieces that are in either perfect or near perfect condition. I've picked up an incredible Suzy Perette cocktail dress, mink evening coat, and a Lucite sparkly home tool kit called "The Diligent Duchess." It's also great for gifts, as I always get at least one thing for a family member during the holidays from Patina.
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