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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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Michael Bastian's Spring 2012 menswear collection, which showed yesterday, was inspired by James Dean. In fact, the first model to walk the runway was clad in faded denim, a red windbreaker, penny loafers, and white socks—an ode to Rebel Without a Cause. In preparation for his NYFW show, Bastian dug through the bins and baskets at Star Struck Vintage, a family-run shop in the West Village.
Star Struck Vintage is one perfect shop. They have great vintage finds and a really super sweet father/daughter team running the store. Areas of particular interest are their vintage sunglasses, ties, t-shirts, and denim. I've also spent hours there digging through plastic bins for vintage trucker belt buckles. I can't count how many great inspiration pieces for both MB and Gant by MB have come from the dusty crowded racks at Star Struck Vintage.· Star Struck Vintage [Official Site]
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