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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.
Image via Regina B. Accessories
New York-based stylist Tim Bitici grew up in the restaurant world spending most of his time as a young kid hanging out at his dad's establishment, the legendary Minetta Tavern on MacDougall Street in the West Village. Now, he spends his time as the fashion editor at A magazine and still manages to freelance on the side, working alongside everyone from Britney Spears to Justin Timberlake to Madonna. With wedding season in full bloom, Bitici shared a little gem in the heart of Chelsea, where brides can get their hands on bracelets, brooches, earrings, tiaras, combs, feathers and much more.
Regina B. Accessories is a hidden gem which I've kept a secret for quite some time now, only to avoid having every other stylist in New York from snatching up her beautiful pieces from her one-woman showroom. I stumbled upon Regina B. while I was prepping for a huge bridal campaign I was working on three years ago. I was searching for good quality costume jewelry that had a Fred Leighton-esque look to it. As much as I love pulling from Fred Leighton, it is a bit of a drag with all the insurance paperwork and liability.
Whether I am shooting editorial for A magazine or a bridal campaign, Regina B. has it. She has the greatest tiaras that resemble the tiaras Bruce Weber featured on boys for French Vogue years ago. I like mixing Regina B. with rustic jewelry for editorial as well. Her jewelry is well-made and absolutely beautiful. And now, the secret is out of the bag.
· Regina B. Accessories [Official Site]
· Tim Bitici Porfotlio [Artists By Timothy Priano]