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 of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic island (and beyond) 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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Jason Thome, the well-dressed dude behind Converse PR, hit us up with one of his favorite off-the-beaten-path shops, Extra, which houses a finely curated selection of items ranging from clothes to accessories to vintage trinkets. The man at the helm of the shop is Koji Kusakabe, a Japanese import who loves vintage Americana. Only thing: Don't be discouraged if the door is shut—you'll need to be buzzed in to enter.
"There is an awesome new men's store called Extra in the East Village on a street most people don't know exists called Extra Place, which is off of 2nd Street between Second Avenue and Bowery. It's a really cute store that stocks tons of stuff, like the super-hard-to-find Post overalls, a selection of hyper-carefully selected vintage finds, as well as Engineered Garments. Plus, they also have some other really cool stuff like killer sunglasses and blankets. The guy who runs it is a Japanese guy with a great curatorial eye. Very minimal and fresh."—Yale Breslin
· Extra [Official Site]