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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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Sam Broekema is the senior accessories editor at Harpe's Bazaar where he spends his days filling the pages of the monthly publication with all the shoes, belts, bags and baubles that you never knew you wanted—until now. He's a former Wisconsinite, a pet owner, and an "accidental buyer of expensive candles," or so his Twitter profile tells us.
I've never found brownstone Brooklyn to be the best place for designer shopping. Barneys Co-op certainly helps, but doesn't really strike the right chord. Zoe on Washington Street in Dumbo, however, finds just the right balance of high-end designer and a more laid-back hipster mentality. As a big Marni fan, I'm always surprised to see that they have an incredible selection and still have 38s by the time the big sales come around! Also, they don't keep the men's and women's merchandise miles apart, so it allows for the boys and girls to shop together.
My favorite thing that I purchased here is a Marni roll-neck that I wear every Sunday to brunch. It used to be super nice, but now, not so much. At least it's still cozy though.· Zoe [Official Site]
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