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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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Born-and-raised New Yorker Michael Mundy is the founder of the website An Afternoon With, which features the homes of fashion insiders. He's photographed previous Shopping Confidential subjects like Interview magazine's Dan Ragone, Jace Lipstein of The Grungy Gentleman, and illustrator Richard Haines. He recently gave up smoking cigarettes, but he still recommends tobacco shop Barclay Rex.
I love Barclay Rex on Broad Street. It's a great shop for all things tobacco and they also carry great men's accessories like hats, cufflinks, and tasteful pocket squares. But best of all, they have a smoking room where you can relax and have a smoke without feeling like a criminal.
The first thing you notice at Barclay Rex is that this is one of the last places in New York where the cashier has a cigarette dangling from his mouth. I went to Barclay Rex looking to buy a pipe after giving up smoking cigarettes. The place has the "old boys' club" vibe, though not in the new hipster sense. After I spent half an hour choosing a pipe, they introduced me to their great selection of pipe tobaccos. In the back is the smoking room with classic leather club chairs where you can relax and enjoy your smoke without any one hassling you.
· Barclay Rex [Official Site]
· An Afternoon With [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked NY]