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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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Set designer Mark Chandler has been a resident of New York City for 27 years, meaning he knows the ins and outs of the retail scene on this fair island. After studying interior design at Parsons, he landed in the advertising department at Bergdorf Goodman. Since then, he's carved himself a role as a set designer du jour. His work has been featured in publications like Harpers Bazaar, American Vogue, WWD, Town and Country, and WWD while he continues working with clients like Ralph Lauren. Calvin Klein, Target, and the place where it all began, Bergdorf. In between shopping for the perfect chair for his next photo shoot, he filled us in on The Little House.
The Little House is truly a breath of fresh air for anyone who has a desire to leave behind the corporate fashion brand storefronts that have essentially taken over the New York City landscape. I'm not sure if this store should be described as a gallery disguised as a shop or a shop disguised as a gallery—but either way I always leave inspired.
I find the fashion point of view, time and time again, to be a departure from the mainstream trends of the fashion world. There doesn't seem to be a seasonal point of view but instead the designers concentrate on a small run of garments that are beautifully fabricated here in New York City.
Once a garment is sold out, it is not made again. For me, I know that when I buy a Little House piece I am one of the very few with that particular item in my closet. The shopping experience is intimate by nature of the size of the retail space. The customer service is to the point of lavish and I very rarely, if ever, leave without one of their handsome shopping bags in tow.· The Little House [Official Site]
· Mark Chandler Portfolio [Art Department]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked NY]