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This week, Alexandra Jacobs tours eclectic, expensive new Upper East Side boutique Fivestory. She acknowledges that Claire Distenfeld, the store's 26-year-old owner, had "a bit of a leg up"—her dad is an exotic skins magnate—but still comes away impressed with Dinstenfeld's unusual taste: "To browse at Fivestory is to plunge Alice in Wonderland-like into a strange, refreshing mirror world of unfamiliar fashion. Not Altuzarra, but Aquazzura. Not Dolce & Gabbana, but Chianti and Parker." [NYT]


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