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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 Philip Williams Posters
Mariah Kunkel was born in San Francisco, raised in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York City, where she spends her time putting together Quite Continental, a blog of items both beautiful and fabulous. From images of black and white beachfront homes to campaign shots of the upcoming Maje collection, Kunkel populates her website with colorful content that is meant to inspire readers and show off her penchant for nostalgia. Here, she gives us a peek into where she spends her Saturday afternoons.
One of my favorite places in New York is Philip Williams Posters on Chambers Street in Tribeca. I love taking the uninitiated, since they usually freak out. It's a huge, cavernous space (the store spans a city block) nearly stacked to the ceiling with all kinds of printed material. What the shop specializes in is oversize vintage posters, and they claim to be the largest shop of their kind in the world (I tend to believe them as some of the piles are taller than me). I have lost many many Saturday afternoon hours poking around here, as I'm a sucker for wartime propaganda, classic travel posters and old LIFE magazines, which they've got in spades. While some of their prints are rare and quite expensive, I love that there's great stuff to be had in all price ranges. If you need guidance, owner Philip Williams is usually on hand and seems to have the entire collection committed to memory. But if he's not there, fret not, they're happy to let you search their online database in-store.· Philip Williams Posters [Official Site]
· Quite Continental [Official Site]