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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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Jenni Lee is a stylist and consultant who also bears the title of Fashion Director for Antenna magazine. She's been in the business for over a decade and has styled everyone from Mos Def to Death Cab for Cutie to the late Heath Ledger. Although she currently lives in Brooklyn, she darts to Chelsea's This 'n' That for those rare vintage gems that make the perfect accompaniments to her editorial spreads.
My go-to spot for vintage gifts and accessories for the past ten years has been a shop on West 25th Street in Chelsea called This 'n' That owned by Anita Stern. Through my years as a stylist, I have always been looking for unique and one-of-a-kind items. This 'n' That is a tiny boutique that features incredible vintage jewelry, hats, and bags as well as a wide assortment of chandeliers and lamps. The owner and shop ladies are friendly and love helping you search for oddball things.
I usually buy gifts in here when I think about my wacky friends who collect elephants or dachshunds or owls. There are plenty of men's treasures to find too, including cuff links, ashtrays, tie pins, bars, money clips & hats. The window is filled to the brim with bangles and Bakelite as well as vintage sunglasses. The store is on a pretty quiet street so it feels quite hidden to me. I know it has been around for at least a decade but for some reason when I recommend it to people for vintage finds, nobody ever knows what I am talking about.· This 'n' That [Official Site]
· Jenni Lee [Official Site]
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