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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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Designer Jac Langheim founded her namesake line, a range of clothes made out of rubber, in an attempt to bring the niche texture out of the fetish domain and into the world of high fashion. Naturally, Lady Gaga has become an instant fan, and Langehim dressed the pop star for her performance on SNL's season finale. When she isn't making rubber bubble coats and bustiers, she heads over to Reminiscence to get her favorite weekend costume attire.
When I was a kid, I loved Halloween more than anything, and now that I'm an adult, I'm able to consider every weekend Halloween night. Luckily, my friends share the same feeling, and they often throw masquerade parties, so I am always in need for outrageous costumes. I love going to Reminiscence on 23rd Street as they have the best selection of vintage, kitsch, and military gear at pretty affordable prices. My last purchase was a gas mask and a vintage wedding gown that I ripped up and customized. I've also purchased pill box hats, vintage bullet bras, masks, horns, cat eye sunglasses, tiaras, cigerette cases, big fluffy tutus and crinolines. Where else can you get all these random gems in one spot? It is my one stop go-to store for all things sparkly and fun.· Jac Langheim [Official Site]
· Reminiscence [Official Site]