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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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Tom Ran is the editor-in-chief and creative director for The Scout, an arts and culture publication that covers everything from new restaurant openings to in-store installations to the best local places to find bacon-based delicacies. Here, Ran fills us in on Shibui, a furniture and textile spot in Dumbo.
I've been obsessing over indigo and patchwork fabrics and one of the best places to find them is at Shibui in Dumbo. The store specializes in vintage Japanese furniture but offers a lot more, including old textiles. Most of the fabrics are tucked away in drawers so you'll have to ask the owner, Dane Owen, about them. He's a friendly guy who is more than willing to tell you all there is to know about each piece and its provenance.
Museums, private collectors and RRL have purchased textiles from him in the past. Kimonos, firemen coats, shopkeeper robes, and shopping bags all aged to perfection are available at Shibui. There have been rumors about the store being closed, but it isn't. It's open to the public hidden away in a quiet street around the corner from Vinegar Hill House.
· Shibui [Official Site]
· The Scout [Official Site]
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