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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 Organic Modernism
Samantha Chen is one of the menswear merchandisers at Brooks Brothers, where her area of expertise is men's tailored clothing. She's responsible for selecting swatches, attending fabric shows, going to plenty of mill appointments, and rummaging through the Brooks Brothers archives to find inspiration for next season's designs. Off the job, she's inspired by Organic Modernism, a shop with affordable mid-century reproductions.
I'm in the process of moving and just happened to stumble upon Organic Modernism's original outpost in the East Village. I'm in love, and can't wait to replace all my old furniture. This up-and-coming company offers great mid-century and other antique-y reproductions, at around the price of your typical West Elm or CB2 chains. It's a relief I can finally (somewhat) afford more unique-looking pieces, that also aren't so shabby-chic they look like they were left on the sidewalk. The store also carries items on the more expensive end, such as bronze-casted chairs and tables? just a few things I have my eye on.· Organic Modernism [Official Site]
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