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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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Arielle Shapiro is the owner and creative force behind Ari Dein, a range of handcrafted, made-to-order underpinnings constructed of 100% silk. She's currently working on her first foray into a realm beyond intimate apparel with SeaLion by Ari Dein, which she describes as "an artisanal and meticulously bra-sized swimwear line." A West Village resident, she often frequents The End of History, a quaint shop on Hudson Street that houses vintage ceramics and glassware from years past.
One of my favorite shops in my West Village neighborhood is The End of History. Having been around for nearly 15 years, they've amassed an exceptional collection of vintage ceramics and glassware from the 50s and 60s and even a small Art Deco section that I can't get enough of.
Stepping into this spot, I'm reminded why my greatest influence remains my stylish grandmother, whose impeccable taste continually informs my present work. Given the array of gilded Bavarian porcelain and glass vessels from Italy, Scandinavia, and America in every shape and size and arranged by hue, it's easy to see why decorators shop for their clients there and locals like Jonathan Adler frequent EOH for inspiration.
Because their dealers are curators too, the merchandise tells the story of cultures cross-influencing each other by design and era—for example American modern as influenced by retro Germany, or mid- century Italian which harkens the ancient Far East. My favorite pieces for sale are the dramatic handblown lamps from Murano as well as the Rosenthal vases with inlaid gold. Or is it the brightly glazed Bitossi horses from Montelupo, Italy that I covet the most? The choices are endless and range from hundreds to thousands in price allowing you to indulge within almost any budget.· The End of History [Official Site]
· Ari Dein [Official Site]
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