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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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I was lucky enough to be let into the wonderful secret that is Left Bank Books by my dear friend and collaborator Sophie Hunter. Left Bank Books is a tiny shop on the West Side, filled to the brim with rare first-edition finds. It's incredible how long you can spend in such a tiny space, never encountering the same book twice.
Brilliantly diverse, Left Bank Books is the type of place I go to get lost. I've never gone in without taking something out (for money of course). In March, for my 30th birthday, I received two treasures from close friends: Red Wine And Yellow Hair by Kenneth Patchen and The Hotel Wentley Poems by John Wieners, both of which came from my favorite shop.· Left Bank Books [Official Site]
· Designed Memory [Official Site]
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