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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.
Image via Piccolini
Katherine Kwei is an independent handbag designer who launched her namesake line in spring 2007. Her collection of leather purses uses a signature weave that is inspired by the Chinese-eternity knot—a technique she learned from her grandmother. Originally from Hong Kong, Kwei relocated to New York in 2005 and now calls Soho home (both her apartment and office are situated there). Always one to spoil her son, she frequents Piccolini, a spot on Mulberry Street.
I discovered this new edition to my neighborhood around October of last year. They have the most adorable selection of very carefully selected baby/children's clothing as well as toys and knick-knacks. I love their 'rock n roll' t-shirts and I have already purchased from them several The Who and The Beatles (Yellow Submarine) t-shirts not only for my son but also my godsons.
They also have awesome fedoras and I can't wait for my son to be old enough to wear them. They make a great onesie that is simply a great present for that special someone, and the shop is so very sweet and charming that I love popping in to see what new things they have in stock as well as finding as many ways possible to spoil my son.· Piccolini [Official Site]
· Katherine Kwei [Official Site]
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