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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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As the Vice President of Design at Cole Haan, Phil Russo is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's aesthetic—their tote bags, men's and women's shoes, winter-proof duffel jackets, and, of course, their leather goods. Previously, he was the Global Creative Director of Footwear for Converse. When he needs to add a little bit of flair to an outfit, he checks out Seigo Neckwear on Madison Avenue, a shop specializing in a plethora of playful pocket squares.
Seigo Neckwear is known for their 100% pure silk ties and bowties, hand-crafted in Kyoto Japan. Many of the ties are limited editions, one of eight hand-numbered by Seigo Katsragawa. The Madison Avenue location delivers a cozy and unassuming burst of silk color and the friendly staff make browsing a pleasure.
The real draw for me at Siego has been their incredible selection of pocket squares. Ranging in materials from silk to linen and wool, the unexpected mixture of colors and patterns is second to none. Bold and freshly juxtaposed houndstooth, paisleys, polka dots, stripes and solids are injected with bright colors and tasteful tonal treatments accented with smart borders. Siego truly gets playful with his squares but somehow never takes it too far. The most difficult part about shopping at Siego is narrowing the choices at purchase time.· Seigo Neckwear [Official Site]
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