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Presenting the New York Winners of the 2012 Racked Awards

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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.


Best Nail Salon
Nominees: Essie, tenoverten, Valley Nails, Jin Soon, Red Door Salon
Winner: tenoverten

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

Saddest Closing
Nominees: Filene's, Betsey Johnson, Daffy's, Colony Music, Built by Wendy
Winner: Daffy's


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
Winner: Bird

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
Winner: Odin

Best New Store:
Nominees: Piperlime, Cadet, Fivestory, Owen, Maison Kitsuné, Joe Fresh Fifth Avenue, Celine, Apple Grand Central, Tucker, Warm
Winner: Owen

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
Winner: Melissa

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


220 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 388-1655 Visit Website

Matt Bernson

20 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013


15 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012 Visit Website

Opening Ceremony

35 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-2688 Visit Website


181 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012 212-925-1200 Visit Website


655 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (212) 257-4366 Visit Website


2 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012 212-673-8601 Visit Website

Beacon's Closet - Williamsburg

88 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Visit Website

Rag & Bone

160 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 718-522-6758 Visit Website

Maison Kitsuné

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 212-481-6010 Visit Website


18 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021 212-288-1338 Visit Website

Tokio 7

83 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 Visit Website

Creatures Of Comfort

205 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012 212-925-1005 Visit Website


231 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-522-3800 Visit Website

Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa

56 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-2047 Visit Website

Charlotte Olympia

22 East 65th Street, New York , NY 10065 (212) 744-1842 Visit Website

Nicholas Kirkwood

807 Washington Street, New York , NY 10014 (646) 559-5239 Visit Website


112 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013 212-406-1010