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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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Matt Singer worked for Jack Spade for nine years before launching a line of shirts, bags, and assorted accessories that are sold everywhere from Barneys to Colette and Project No. 8 at the Ace Hotel. His brand is a pretty honest reflection of who he is: American, casual, friendly, and a little bit goofy. He attempts to tell a story throughout the products he develops, and like Dexter Sinister, a basement shop and occasional bookstore in the Lower East Side that he frequents, they share the same mentality.
There are so many great shops it's hard to pick. I really like Dexter Sinister. They recently established a workshop and bookstore in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street where they also have occasional film screenings and other events. I dig their attitude and approach and enjoy stopping in to check out the selection of books and to see what they've been up to.
The talented photographer Jason Fulford (whose work I also feature on my website) turned the underground space into a one-day darkroom. Visitors passed small objects through a slot in the wall (I brought in a dried starfish I found in Shelter Island last summer) and Jason converted the object into light, removing one dimension in the process. He then returned a photogram of the object through the same slot.
Dexter Sinister is open by appointment Monday through Friday, 12pm to 6pm. Or stop by, there is often someone down there.· Dexter Sinister [Official Site]
· Matt Singer [Official Site]
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