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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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Mackenzi Farquer is a Queens girl all the way. She has lived and worked in Astoria since 2003, and her home furnishings store and studio in Long Island City, SITE, helps to support local artists around the Queens community. So it's no shocker that one of her favorite stores is another Queens shop, KrisTees.—Yale Breslin
Tucked in a residential area, this women's boutique features smaller contemporary designers from around the world. In addition, owner Kristie Foster works with many local designers that create special pieces one can only find in her store. From New York designers such as MelenStel to Ann Yee and Swedish designer Rodebjer, the designers she represents have a downtown feel to an uptown look. If you are looking for a standout piece and enjoy discovering new unknown designers, this is the place to go.
KrisTees also features one-of-a-kind custom designed tees and totes as well as eclectic jewelry. Right now I'm in love with their chunky lucite 'stone' bracelets and necklaces made of carefully folded newspaper roses.· KrisTees [Official Site]
· SITE Design NYC [Official Site]