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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Designer John Bartlett's signature style embraces a rugged American authenticity that has earned him two CFDA awards. But he's equally well-known for his love of animals, even going so far as to launch the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, which raises money for dog rescue groups. That's why he loves Moo Shoes, a shop in the LES that shares his belief in fair treatment towards man's best friend.
One of my favorite haunts is Moo Shoes on Orchard Street. As a fairly virgin vegan, I love to shop but find that most brands that I used to wear still work in leather and other animal-based materials. Moo Shoes has a very cool, almost-underground collection of vegan products. They have cool vegan Doc Martens(!) and some great shoes, belts, bags from other cruelty-free brands like Matt&Nat and Brave Gentleman. One of my favorite items that I purchased is this tee that says "Bacon Had A Mom."· Moo Shoes [Official Site]
· John Bartlett [Official Site]
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