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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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Obi Anyanwu is a 22-year old fashion writer based in New York City who contributes to Complex and the websites Sneaker Report and Two Inch Cuffs. He also created StoreStyle, a street style editorial for boutiques that can be found on WeAreTheMarket.com. Here, he shows us his favorite spot in the West Village for tailored suits.
I found QP & Monty when I was aimlessly strolling through the West Village. I adore men's tailoring, so when I noticed a rack of blazers through the store's entrance from the corner of my eye I had to check it out. This place is awesome; it's a quaint vintage boutique chock full of suits, tuxedos, shirts, and trousers that are decades old or even a day old. The tailor on site, Ignacio, is really smart too. He has been a tailor for years so he knows how a suit should fit.
The best thing about this shop compared to other vintage stores that I've been to is that the pieces here are made to measure. Ignacio will fit you in the piece and he'll tailor it for you, for a cost of course. I was fitted for three shawl collar tuxedo blazers, a full tuxedo, and a double-breasted jacket—I was in heaven. Basically, this is my go to shop for tailoring now, and I don't plan on buying new ever again.
· QP & Monty [Official Site]
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