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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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Jeweler Hannah Clark spends her days creating an eclectic line of gems that, as she describes, is "slightly bohemian and entirely handmade." She sells her creations out of her East Village shop, but whenever she needs a little bit of extra inspiration, she heads to Phil's Stationery—a chaotic shop in the Diamond District that's filled with office supplies dating to the 1970s.
I spend a lot of time in the past—ogling the details on old jewelry, choosing the right antique diamond for a customer, hammering gold at my anvil. Going to the jewelry district is itself a form of time travel—sometimes positively medieval, always analog. A slip of paper and a handshake and a bag of stones.
There are no Staples in the past; there is Phil's Stationery. They cater to the jewelry industry, stocking all the oddball forms and ephemera of the business. I love an oddball, and I'm pretty sure Phil must have been one. He also appears to have never thrown out a thing; most of the store is filled with musty, dusty cardboard boxes of paper, forms, and ledger books. I never fail to find a scratch pad, or notebook.· Hannah Clark Jewelry [Official Site]
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