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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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Lisa Weiss launched Exposed Zippers in 2011 as a way to "uncover the stories behind the people who make fashion happen." Every Monday and Wednesday, Weiss runs an interview with a designer, editor, stylist, or photographers. Among other stories, she's snagged Filipa Fino's first interview upon her departure from Vogue, chatted with Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, and peeked inside the world of Paper magazine's Mickey Boardman.
I'd have to recommend Al Abayan's Patron of the New. It opened less than a year ago on Franklin Street in Tribeca, and the shop is located in an amazing industrial-looking space featuring high-end designers from around the world. Al does a wonderful job curating collections that are both emerging as well as established. With Designers like Mugler, Alaia, Chris Benz, and Giulietta, there is much to be discovered. I purchased a black Mugler blazer from Patron that is now a staple in my wardrobe and will continue to be a go-to piece throughout all seasons. But what I love most about the space are the beams throughout the store, the high ceilings, and the space dedicated to all the collections. Nothing is overwhelming and you can truly see the merchandise?and admire it at the same time.· Patron of the New [Official Site]
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