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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 Erin Magee
Erin Magee is the production manager of Supreme and the designer of MadeMe, a collection of women's clothing she established in 2007. She launched her line as a way for girls to get their hands on clothes that were inspired by the street yet had a feminine sensibility. And she's clearly drawn to juxtapositions: Her recommendation is a West Village shop stocked with authentic military gear and miniature Buddhas.
Born Aggain Religious Articles/International Boutique (yes, it has two G's), has the most amazing mix of military surplus goods and religious souvenirs. Here, you can pick up a rare Rosary, Jesus hologram, or even a mini Buddha...all in the same place. In the back of the store, you'll find under-priced yet authentic military goods. Over the years, I've purchased an Alpha MA1 Bomber, a pair of engineered stripe overalls, and Hunter rain boots. I absolutely love it here. It's a husband and wife owned company and they've been around for over 40 years. It's quirky (and almost scary)....but I love it.· MadeMe Clothing [Official Site]
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