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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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Daniel Packar is the senior brand manager of creative services at Juicy Couture. He acts as the brand's in-house stylist, works on seasonal concepts, finds inspiration for upcoming collections, designs clothes, and, in general, acts as Juicy Couture's cool hunter. Sweet gig! His favorite shop in NYC is Southpaw Vintage, an appointment-only spot on West 37th Street where a plethora of plants are sandwiched between iconic 1970s designs.
Southpaw Vintage is an amazing vintage archive tucked away in the Garment District. Once you walk in you are pretty much brought to a different planet stuffed to the brim with disco and fashion galore. I started going to Southpaw Vintage while I was studying fashion design at Parsons. It is a treasure trove of vintage inspiration run by in-house stylist extraordinaire, Nick Michael. One could spend hours cruising the racks of designer fashion from Helmut Lang to Stephen Burrows.
It is always a treat walking in and finding a new piece that I might have missed. One of my favorite sections to look through is the collection they have from the 70's: Ossie Clark, Thea Porter, Biba, and Halston, to name a few. It is not only a resource for vintage clothing but also for shoes, jewelry, hats, textiles, and more?.the list is endless.· Southpaw Vintage [Official Site]
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