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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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Matt Fox is the proprietor of FineAndDandyShop.com, a line of ties, bow-ties, handkerchiefs, spats, and other accessories for dapper guys. An advocate of the "new school dandy" lifestyle, he encourages his social media followers to celebrate Formal Friday, broadcasting photos of them wearing their finest duds.
A favorite neighborhood joint of mine is Outcasts Resurrectible Goods, a thrift shop supporting St. Clement's Church in Hell's Kitchen. It's rare to walk in and not find something awesome. Some favorite scores include a Harris Tweed Abercrombie & Fitch blazer (that's old-school, pre-hoodie and cargo shorts Abercrombie), an industrial stool, several crystal bar-ware bottles, and vintage ties for inspiration. And I've often found vintage fabric which has been turned into several Fine And Dandy handkerchiefs, scarves, and bow ties.
In addition to being a treasure trove of randomness (unfiltered), it's one of those incredibly neighborhood-y places. I've gotten to know the employees and I always seem to bump into someone I know when I step foot inside. But somehow it still feels like a secret (well, until now).· Fine and Dandy Shop [Official Site]
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