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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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Designer Marlon Gobel worked for Thom Browne as director of operations and for Michael Bastian as assistant creative director before launching his namesake label. His first season was picked up by Bergdorf Goodman, and he is the first menswear designer to collaborate with Christian Louboutin—all the models in his runway show were decked out in the designer's red-soled shoes. When he needs a break from designing and sketching, Gobel heads to The Chocolate Room in Park Slope.
I love The Chocolate Room. My close friend from my hometown lives right down the street so I make sure to pop in anytime I'm visiting her in Park Slope. Their classic hot chocolate is my favorite during the winter months, and my mother is addicted to the spiced dark hot chocolate. It's become her Mother's Day gift the past few years. I love the ease of their online store, and can always find some special treats for my clients and family. I even have their goods shipped to my Manhattan office when I can't make the trek to Brooklyn.· The Chocolate Room [Official Site]
· Marlon Gobel [Official Site]
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