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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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Celebrity hairstylist Benjamin Thigpen always had his sights set on New York City. He began as a photographer's assistant with Arthur Elgort while simultaneously getting certified by the Aveda Institute and befriending hairstyling icon Christiaan Houtenbos—which is when he realized his passion was all about the locks. Since then, he's worked with glossies like W magazine, Esquire, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, as well as television shows such as America's Next Top Model, One Tree Hill, The City, and Rachel Ray. When he's not walking his French bulldog Miles around the Meatpacking District, he checks out Osklen, his favorite spot in Soho.
Osklen is my go-to place when shopping for new items for my spring, summer, and early fall wardrobe. As you step inside, it makes you feel as if you are in Brazil due to its soothing bossa nova sounds and clean smell—it makes you want to hit the beach immediately. I especially love their board shorts as they offer a huge variety of styles with both simple and complex designs that fit perfectly. Their shirts and pullovers are a surfer's dream—made of soft cottons, linens, coconut and even straw.· Osklen [Official Site]
· Benjamin Thigpen [Twitter]
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