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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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For the past seven years, Eva Chen has been working as beauty director at Teen Vogue, highlighting all the lipstick, blush, foundation, and sunblock that you never even knew you needed. We thought she was going to recommend her favorite apothecary, so we were surprised (but psyched) when Chen told us about her favorite Upper East Side antiques hub.
At first glance, James Robinson Inc. is a classic Park Avenue antiques establishment—gilded candlesticks and fantastically fancy china decorate the (always freshly washed) windows. But don't be deterred by its Upper East Side digs. James Robinson Inc. has an amazing selection of estate jewelry and the most detail-oriented and attentive team ever. I'm particularly enamored with rose-cut diamonds and Georgian-era pieces and they have a glittering abundance of both. I should add that the store holds particular sentimental value to me—my now-husband found my engagement ring there. Happy shopping!· James Robinson Inc. [Official Site]
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