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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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Northern New Mexico-born and NYC-based jewelry designer Anna Sheffield says she's inspired by the concrete jungle that we live in. With a past CFDA nomination under her belt and many successful collaborations with everyone from 3.1 Philip Lim to Marc Jacobs to Target Go International, her work with haute costume jewelry, sterling, gold, and precious gems has been a New York staple for years now. She's a resident of the East Village, and unexpectedly and accidentally, stumbled upon one of her now-favorite shopping destinations just a few blocks from her apartment.
There are few activities I love more than meandering in NYC and stumbling on some kind of random gem of a place that seems to magically appear (like a mirage) and wondering, "Why have I never seen this before?" I felt that way when I went to the Ukrainian Museum this winter. It's only 4 blocks from my apartment and I hadn't even known it was there. I am really inspired by traditional arts & crafts and the Ukraine has rich culture of both, as well as the ever-inspiring implementation of amulets (an obsession for a jewelry designer like me).
The gift shop has a beautiful selection of hand-embroidered shirts and scarves, as well as lovely printed cards, catalogs from previous shows in the museum and the handicrafts of various seasonal celebrations, like beautiful painted Easter eggs called Pysanka. It's a wonderful place to just stop through for the exhibits and to find the random magical gift.· All Anna Sheffield Coverage [Racked NY]
· Anna Sheffield [Official Site]
· The Ukrainian Museum of New York City [Official Site]