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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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Stylist's assistant Marina Munoz is a South Williamsburg resident, living alongside her boyfriend and their dog Moreno. She's been working in the fashion trade for over a decade, stomping through Paris, Buenos Aires and Mexico and assisting everyone from George Cortina to Jacob K to Veronique Didry. As the contributing fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar en Espanol (and current collaborator with The Wild Magazine), her job is to always keep her eyes peeled for what's hot, what's new, and what's next. So we trust her when she recommends her favorite hat shop, a legendary South Williamsburg hub. The proof is in the pudding: All the street style blogs have captured Ms. Munoz rocking her headgear.—Yale Breslin
One morning I decided to take the JMZ to work and I noticed a hat shop on my way to Marcy Station. That afternoon on my way home from work, I couldn't wait to stop in, and ever since, I have been buying my hats at Bencraft Hatters. The charming gentleman who runs the store is named Stanley. He was born and raised in Williamsburg and can tell you wonderful stories about the neighborhood he grew up in.
Stanley can also tell you a lot about hats. He told me once that he travels to Europe and South America on hat buying trips. Bencraft is one of the neighborhood's best-kept secrets. It's also very well situated on Broadway, right before Peter Luger, Dressler, Kings County Salvage, Marlow, and Diner.· Bencraft Hatters [Official Site]