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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.
Image via Rose Callahan's iPhone
We first learned about Rose Callahan when she documented the real advertising men of New York City for Park & Bond in advance of Mad Men's return. Then, we dug a little deeper and found out she also runs a blog called The Dandy Portraits where she shoots, as she puts it, "the lives of exquisite gentlemen today." For Rose, it's all about preppy meets dandy style, which is why she loves Olaf's, a Brooklyn-based menswear shop dedicated to all things pre-loved.
Even though I don't wear men's clothing, I must admit I enjoy looking at it. I find it fun to tag along with my guy when he goes searching for the unusual finds. A vintage store dedicated to menswear is a rare thing indeed, even in NYC, and Olaf's Men' Vintage does it right—small, but well curated, and with a surprising variety of sizes. And if you strike out on a big find you can always pick up some cool cufflinks, tie bar, or a vintage valet!
It's definitely a destination to check with regularity. Conveniently just down the block is Olaf's sister boutique, Olive's, with a similarly well-done mix. And to top a your shopping adventure on Court Street head down the block to Prime Meats for a romantic dimly lit steakhouse dinner.
· Olaf's Men's Vintage [Official Site]
· The Dandy Portraits [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked NY]