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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 of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our 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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Katherine Brandes, the creative director of BB Dakota, tells us she has two favorite things in life: Meat and dinner parties. But not just any dinner parties. Themed dinner parties—well, themed for her at least. Regardless of the attire of her guests, Brandes likes to deck herself out in garb from the 1890's, and her favorite source for this is Ricky Becker's Spooky Boutique at Artists and Fleas. Like Brandes, Becker's a lover of Victoriana, and he has scoured the globe finding the best of the best.
"Spooky Boutique, located within Artist and Fleas in Northside Williamsburg, stocks beautiful and rare vintage from the 1860's to the 1980's. When I'm in the market for a high-necked lacey Victorian era blouse, a cloche hat from the 1920's, or a floor-length fur coat (all often the case), this is my go-to source. Ricky Becker, the owner, is incredibly knowledgeable about fashion history and a wildly stylish man to boot. If you have something specific in mind, he often can source it for you, from either his personal vintage archive, which is exceptional and pretty comprehensive, or from his exhaustive knowledge of the vintage market, other vendors and so on. We've been meaning to approach him about styling our next BB Dakota shoot, actually."—Yale Breslin
· Spooky Boutique [Artists and Fleas]
· BB Dakota [Official Site]