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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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Jewelry designer Monique Pean started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs before launching an eco-conscious jewelry line. Her pieces have earned her a CFDA/Vogue Fund nod and she's now a hot seller at Barneys, but she still remembers her old Nolita stomping grounds—and her favorite shop, A Détacher.
Located on Mott Street between Prince and Houston, A Détacher is Polish-born Mona Kowalska's Nolita boutique which houses her ready-to-wear line of the same name. Kowalska, who previously worked for Sonia Rykiel, designs beautifully structured and very sophisticated modern clothing that is refined and understated.
The clothing at A Détacher is perfect for an elegant dinner party or an artistic event. I used to live in the neighborhood and wandered into the store one day and have been a fan for years now. This under-the-radar boutique also has unique small sculptures and home accessories not to be missed. Their selection is constantly changing and A Détacher is a must-visit each season to view Kowalska's amazing looks and distinct finds.· A Détacher [Official Site]
· Monique Pean [Official Site]
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