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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 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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When Johnny Misheff isn't filling his apartment with random accessories, he spends his time as the communications director for Swell and also runs a killer column called Visiting Artists for T magazine. At the Brooklyn Flea, he heads directly for a bearded gentleman by the name of Conrad Tutek who operates ConRag's, a vendor with a jaw-dropping selection of vintage goods.
"I'm not going to talk about The Brooklyn Flea as a whole, although I really do love it generally speaking, as my apartment is stuffed to the max with knick-knacks procured from those aisles. But no other vendor has seen me open my wallet more than Conrad Tutek, whose shop (cleverly called ConRag's) is conveniently located (during cold weather) immediately inside One Hanson Place and to the right, just past the tea lady. In warm months he can be found at the Vanderbilt and Lafayette location right inside the fence and to the left, just next to the handball wall. You can't miss him, he's blonde and blue-eyed; he's currently rocking quite an impressive beard."
"Once at his shop, you'll need to put your bags down and focus for a minute because ConRag's got the most insane selection of vintage stuff you could hope for. A master selector, Tutek specializes in outerwear, sweaters and a seriously sick offering of amaaaazing shoes. I've gotten the best, perfectly-fitting marine blue Woolrich wind breaker pull-over; the best chunky white cable knit sweater of all time; the best red all over varsity jacket. I can't speak highly enough of Conrad and his findings, I really can't...I hope I've done him justice here."—Yale Breslin
· Stuff+Things: ConRags [Brooklyn Flea]
· Swell New York [Official Site]