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This week, Jon Caramanica compares two street wear shops, Soho's the Hundreds and Williamsburg's Mishka. Street wear, he explains to Times readers, is "tough but relatable, a style that connotes insiderdom while excluding no one." In Soho, the Hundreds plays up their mass appeal with a cutesy logo and laid-back California clothes. But Mishka is less accessible, both in terms of geography and style. "A couple of years ago," writes Caramanica, "it made intricate knit sweaters inspired by Russian Constructivism, fascinating but maybe unwearable by anyone who didn't live by the Montrose Avenue stop on the L." [NYT]