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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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Lyndsey Butler, the founder of clothing line Veda, split her time between Texas and Argentina growing up, and the influences of both places have found their way into her designs. She comes up with unique ways to work with leather, creating items that are both wearable and durable (perhaps you've seen her signature leather Max jacket on twentysomethings from Union Square to Williamsburg). When she isn't designing new goodies for girls-about-town, Butler stocks up on home décor goodies from this Williamsburg shop.
Brook Farm General Store has amazing home (especially kitchen and bath) items. Currently about half of the items in my apartment have come from this tiny spot, located behind Marlow & Sons and Diner in Williamsburg. They carry Matteo linens and they also stock these beautiful handmade dishes by Tourne. I scored a vintage hanging fruit basket and striped shower curtain last time I was there. A lot of the product in the store is reclaimed, locally made, or eco-conscious with a simple vintage aesthetic.· Brook Farm General Store [Official Site]
· Veda [Official Site]