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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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Gabriela Moya's eponymous label uses architectural construction for an elegant, modern look. She obtained her BA in Art History from Rutgers University before moving to Paris to study Fashion Design at L'Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD). From there, she spent time at fashion houses like Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Burfitt, and Proenza Schouler before launching her own line in 2011.
Shopping is just one of the many things you can do at Grit N Glory. Playing board games, drinking coffee, watching movies, and engaging in interesting conversations with fellow shoppers are all common occurrences. As insinuated by its name, Grit N' Glory evokes the essence of both the "rawness" and sophistication of a rock-and-roll lifestyle. The goal of the space was to make a community and promote the creation of up-and-coming (mostly local) designers as well as mom and pop craftsmen. Furniture, artwork, books, body products, accessories and clothing are among the things you can purchase here, but essentially, anything in the shop can be bought, so it's like shopping at a curated garage sale.· Grit N' Glory [Tumblr]
· Gabriela Moya [Official Site]
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