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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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Ben Ferrari is a New York-based photographer who shoots for GQ.com in a bi-weekly feature called "Ben Ferrari's Street Style". He also shoots designer portraits and interiors, but he's definitely a fashion lover at heart, which is why he was stoked when White Chalk opened in Nolita.
White Chalk is a new shop on Mulberry Street in Nolita and it's astounding. They do bespoke suits, and I mean real bespoke—not custom masquerading as bespoke—as well as ready-to-wear, hats, shoes, and accessories.
All the ready-to-wear suits are constructed in high-end quality fabrics from Holland and Sherry, including wool cashmere and kid mohair, while bespoke can be made from a range of fabrics from top end international fabric mills. They only make four of each ready-to-wear suit in six styles per season.
Suits are handmade by White Chalk for White Chalk and not in the more mainstream factories in Brooklyn and Queens (that certain other tailors use). It's against the grain in the realm of men's suiting. A mix of eras, styles and references are incorporated into their ready-to-wear line, with that same wealth of knowledge translated into their bespoke customers' individuality.· White Chalk [Official Site]
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