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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 local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city 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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Bronwyn Cosgrave has made a career out of applying her knowledge of fashion to luxury label, consulting with brands and speaking to audiences across the globe. She's also the founding chairperson of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, which is being staged this year in NYC at the New York Palace Hotel. The prize, which is open to up-and-coming North American designers: $40k plus the opportunity to present a collection during Paris Fashion Week. She's clearly a busy lady, but she finds her own little piece of mellow heaven on the Lower East Side.—Yale Breslin
Pilgrim has been described as a 'gallery' because this boutique sells not only women's ready-to-wear (which is designed on site by Richard Ives) but also vintage accessories, a carefully edited selection of vintage clothing, as well as vintage home fixtures. The window display of superlative jewels and vintage Chanel handbags first drew me through the door. Inside, I found 1980s costume jewellery by Gianni Versace and Christian Lacroix, among others, along with affordable artworks, ceramics and lamps, which are all for sale.
The vintage pieces perfectly compliment the Pilgrim ready-to-wear line which has a chic classic modern feel. It's rather uptown which is why it is so refreshing to find it in downtown Manhattan amidst such a thoughtfully curated retail environment. The boutique also has a very mellow environment which encourages browsing. You feel like you have been welcomed into someone's home, rather than a boutique.· Bronwyn Cosgrave [Official Site]
· Pilgrim [Official Site]