Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
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 Yelp
Originally from Tuscany, jewelry designer Ippolita moved to New York City when she was 18. After several years of experimentation with designs, she eventually created her 18K gold collection, which includes her signature piece, the sculpted bangle. Her favorite spot in New York is BKLYN Larder, a specialty foods shop in Prospect Heights that every now and then also houses a collection of gift bags with titles like "The Ultimate Foodie," "Tea Time," and "Meet The Parents.
BKLYN Larder, on the border of Park Slope and Prospect Heights is a little slice of heaven—literally. They have a spectacularly edited selection of gourmet goodies: cheeses from farmstead producers, exquisite oils, hard-to-find spices, everything from English mustard to small-batch beer.
They also have an amazing menu of prepared foods and sweets and you can sample just about anything before you buy it. The store has a wonderfully welcoming vibe and the staff is super knowledgeable, patient and friendly. They always offer great suggestions and advice. I love the commitment to sustainably produced ingredients and even the packaging is made from recycled materials. Love the Larder!· BKLYN Larder [Official Site]
· Ippolita [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked NY]