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Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to unveil the winners of the 2012 Racked Awards for New York City. Our champions across 11 categories represent the best of retail in New York, a city that is not exactly known for having low fashion standards. Because they work hard and they're good at what they do, we hereby celebrate them as true style superheroes, even if none of them would be caught dead in a red nylon cape.
Before we list the names, though, let's go over the rules and logistics. For six of the below categories, we asked readers to choose between a pre-determined list of nominees. For the remaining five, we made the decision ourselves after much deliberation. Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for their coveted prize, a turquoise mannequin head bearing the official golden turban of the Racked Awards. And now, without further ado, the winners in New York.
RACKED AWARDS, EDITOR EDITION
Best Nail Salon
Nominees: Essie, tenoverten, Valley Nails, Jin Soon, Red Door Salon
Best Store Windows
Nominees: Contemporary art at Barneys New York, Yayoi Kusama at Louis Vuitton, the fashion editor bobble head doll at Henri Bendel, sea creatures at Anthropologie, Central Park at Tiffany & Co
Winner: Yayoi Kusama at Louis Vuitton
Best Public Stunt
In recognition of the large-scale marketing gimmick or public art project that was most deserving of the public's attention.
Nominees: Benetton's erotic yarn art, H&M's David Beckham statue, Trojan's vibrator carts, the Marc Jacobs graffiti incident, free Game of Thrones tattoos
Winner: The Marc Jacobs graffiti incident
Most Adorable Store Sidekick
In recognition of the store dog, cat, or other creature, furry or otherwise, who has contributed the most to the cuteness of the city's retail landscape in 2012.
Nominees: Squishy the pug at Dave's Ware House, Sebastian the dachshund at Bikram Yoga Harlem, Chainsaw the dog at Armor Lux, Lady Bianca Miller the French bulldog at Eponymy, Franklin the pig at Crest Hardware
Winner: Squishy the pug at Dave's Ware House
Nominees: Filene's, Betsey Johnson, Daffy's, Colony Music, Built by Wendy
RACKED AWARDS, VOTER EDITION
Store of the Year
In recognition of the retail entity that expanded, improved, or otherwise accomplished the most in 2012.
Nominees: Opening Ceremony, Bird, Bergdorf Goodman, Fivestory, Zara
Men's Store of the Year
Nominees: Odin, Dior Homme, Freemans Sporting Club, Steven Alan, Rag & Bone, CHCM, J. Crew Liquor Store, A.P.C., Epaulet, Unis
Best New Store:
Nominees: Piperlime, Cadet, Fivestory, Owen, Maison Kitsuné, Joe Fresh Fifth Avenue, Celine, Apple Grand Central, Tucker, Warm
Best New Shoe Store:
Nominees: Schutz, Christian Louboutin men's, Nicholas Kirkwood, Matt Bernson, Charlotte Olympia, Melissa, Vince Camuto, the shoe floor at Saks Fifth Avenue, the shoe floor at Barneys, the shoe floor at Macy's
Sample Sale of the Year:
Nominees: Marchesa, Diane von Furstenberg (June), Rebecca Minkoff, Pat Field, Loeffler Randall, Manolo Blahnik (May), Creatures of Comfort, Diptyque, AllSaints (January), Rent the Runway
Winner: Rent the Runway
Best Consignment Shop:
Nominees: Cadillac's Castle, Ina, Michael's, Eva Gentry, Trunk Show Consignment, Second Time Around, Beacon's Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Tokio 7, Encore Consignment
Winner: Trunk Show Consignment