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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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Anna Corinna is the co-founder of the handbag and ready-to-wear brand Foley + Corinna. Though she's a resident of Brooklyn, her favorite spot to shop is the East Village, particularly on the two-block stretch that makes up East 1st Street.
I've always loved East 1st Street, and found it to be one of those charming little pockets in the city. It's only 2 blocks long and seems to attract the best restaurants as well as the most interesting and talented designers. I stumbled into Hengst there a few years ago, and have loved it ever since. Hengst is the namesake of Susan Hengst, an amazing designer with a really chic, sophisticated style and sensibility.
I always think of old Halston when I look at or wear her clothes—and the occasional hat, scarf, bag, or necklace. She does a full collection every season and her line is completely made in NYC, which is very wonderful and important to me right now. My favorite purchase this season was the Swan Dress. It's super light mohair and very soft, yet modern and elegant and, most importantly, I can wear it over jeans but feel really dressed up.
· Hengst [Official Site]
· Foley + Corinna [Official Site]
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