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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 som 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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Designer Lauren Moffatt has come a long way since her humble beginnings sewing hundreds of garments at her unique home: A sailboat docked on NYC's Hudson River. Launched in 2000, her namesake collection boasts flirty dresses, feminine frills, daytime denim and a selection of studded pillows that can add a little bit of punk rock to you home—even if it's waterlogged. She turned us onto Metalliferous, a midtown dream for those who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. Spend some time there, get lost, and prepare to sift through an overwhelming amount of furnishings, but best of all, don't expect to break the bank.
I'd have to say Metalliferous tops my list of favorite New York places. It's off the beaten track on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Located on the second floor, it's a picker's dream: The perfect balance of a secret(ish) junk-shop feeling place, but one with very likely rewards for those patient enough to sift though hundreds of boxes and drawers. My favorite set of five brass bangles were a whopping $3 each. I've procured countless oddities ranging from great vintage chains and stamped metal zipper pulls to brass bow-ties and earrings. So much to sift through, your hands will get dirty, but it's all part of the fun.· Metalliferous [Official Site]
· Lauren Moffatt [Official Site]
· All Lauren Moffatt coverage [Racked NY]