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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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As the Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director for MAC, La Mer and Jo Malone Worldwide, James Gager is a busy man, so he knows the allure of convenience. His two favorite spots are located around the corner from each other, and to be honest, shopping while eating chocolate sounds like a pretty ideal experience, especially when it's green tea chocolate you're consuming while grabbing children's clothes designed by a Comme des Garçons alum.
"New York is a really hard city to find hidden gems. The gentrification of downtown and Brooklyn coupled with the availability of information on the Internet have turned finding special shops into a sport for me. I prefer one-of-a-kind shops, where items are made by the owner and have an artisanal feel. A few years ago I discovered a children's clothing store called Makié and it's now where I get all my gifts for friends with children. If I ever had a child he or she would only wear things from this store. The fabrics are natural and the designs are minimal with an elegant twist. The owner is Japanese and previously used to design for Comme des Garçons, so the pieces are chic and simple, not fussy but with a great style."
"Just across the street from Makié is another of my favorite shops, Kee's Chocolates. The owner, Kee, makes the chocolates fresh every day with unique seasonal ingredients. My favorites are the green tea chocolate and any of the macaroons. The pieces are so delicate, they're like works of art. You can truly feel the love and care that is put into making them. Several years ago, Kee left a corporate job to open the store and I just love that she took a risk to pursue her dreams."—Yale Breslin
· Makie [Official Site]
· Kee's Chocolates [Official Site]