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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 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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Andy Salzer, the designer behind the now-defunct Yoko Devereaux who also handled PR for a killer line of knits titled Ca$hmere, recently sailed his ship to LA to become vice president of partnerships at Toms. But while there's no comparison between East Coast and West Coast weather, he still misses the shopping out here—especially the classic all-American shirts he used to find readily at this inspiring East Village boutique.
I have an obsession with authenticity. Which is why I heart Stock Vintage. It stocks one-of-a-kind Americana pieces for guys. For those of you who equate Americana with plaid shirts, think again. However, if you have a sweatshirt, t-shirt or boot fetish, get excited. The space is tiny, but their attitude is definitely quality over quantity. And p.s., pay attention to how the store looks. You'll walk away with a new favorite piece and some great ideas for your place.· Toms [Official Site]
· Stock Vintage [Google Place Page]