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Where Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Shops to Help the Homeless

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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 New York Shopping Diary

There's nothing like watching the interactions between our favorite Housewives of New York City. We're still waiting for the day Countess LuAnn de Lesseps invites us to her sprawling estate in Morocco. But we can start by planning our outfits for what Kelly Bensimon so wisely termed the "trip of a lifetime." The Countess recommends this philanthropic Nolita store, which stocks designer resale and sits on the same street as plenty of little cafes. Pinot Grigio, anyone?

"My shopping find and hidden gem is down in Nolita on Mott Street just off of Houston. It's a store called Use Your Head: Shop for a Cause and it has the most incredible designer finds. It's a resale clothing, shoe, and accessories store that features both basic and high-end vintage along with some great pieces that are donated by top designers. You can find Marc Jacobs, Prada, Cynthia Rowley, Magaschoni and many others and they are priced at amazing discounts.
And the best part is that by buying here, you are giving to the homeless. All the proceeds benefit the ACE Soho Partnership for the homeless. So, I find great outfits, great bargains and it's all for a good cause. And after shopping there are many cute restaurants and wine bars down the block to relax at.
· Use Your Head: Shop for a Cause [Official Site]
· All Real Housewives of New York City Coverage [Racked NY]

Use Your Head: Shop For a Cause

262 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012