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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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Raised in the mountains of New Hampshire, celebrity stylist and media personality Derek Warburton began his career in the editorial world, working for magazines like Maxim, Ocean Drive and Interview. From there, he ventured out on his own to work with clients like Molly Sims, Miranda Kerr and Zach Braff on their red carpet choices. He's based in New York and loves nothing more than a show-stopping vintage gem, which is why he ventures to Le Grand Strip, his favorite Williamsburg vintage emporium.
My favorite hidden treasure in New York is a shop in Williamsburg called Le Grand Strip. I love a shop where you walk in and are transported to another place, and Le Grand Strip is one of the most stylized vintage boutiques in New York. I love everything from the vintage Chanel to the sexy bombshell owner named Cee Cee—her blond hair and sexy outfits make you think of Brigitte Bardot.
Everything at Le Grand Strip says the same thing: GLAMOUR! There is lingerie everywhere, and you can't decide whether you are in a boudoir or a bordello. That is my kind of shopping! I bring my celeb clients here, and we spend hours trying on the most fabulous pieces from the 40's to the 80's. Plus, the most hidden gem is Le Grand Strip's basement, where everything is even more marked down than the already-great prices. If you want to give "St Tropez 70's summer," Le Grand Strip is a must-HIT.
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