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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 Harney & Sons
Jessie Yune is a native South Korean who always dreamed of being a fashion designer. After getting a degree under her belt and spending a few years figuring out her niche, she set up 27-24, a contemporary clothing line focusing on high-quality knitwear. Currently in the process of re-launching her brand under the name Jyune, Jessie says that her goal as a designer is to create a range that epitomizes "casual urban chic."
Harney & Sons is a great tea store located in Soho. To me, it looks like a library of tea. They have a very large selection of tea in nice packages for reasonable prices. My favorite flavor is Hot Cinnamon Spice, which has a rich cinnamon flavor with a hint of apple.
Shopping at Harney & Sons is one of the more pleasant experiences I've had with NYC retail, as you're able to smell the scent and taste samples of any of the flavors that you're interested in. Best of all, they have a tea café in the back of the shop where you can sit down and enjoy wonderful teas and snacks.· Harney & Sons [Official Site]
· 27-24 [Official Site]
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