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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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Rachel Antonoff began her career as one half of the indie label Mooka Kinney before venturing off on her own, creating her namesake collection of feminine dresses. She's recently collaborated on a line of killer kicks for Bass (Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff), and when she's in the EV, she always checks out Archangel Antiques.
A really long time ago, about 10 years, I had just quit my job and was thinking about starting a line. I was "working" from home and a lot of days I would wake up, get a huge coffee and walk from where I lived in the West Village to the shops around 10th Street in the East Village. I would just kind of stroll around and check things out. Archangel was one of the shops I would stop into and I would get lost in there for hours.
It's vaguely reminiscent of a grandmother's attic, just things on top of things, some of it junky, some treasures. They are so proud of their history and are always happy to tell patrons that they offer over one million buttons. I bought the buttons for my first ever sample there, tiny pink plastic deer buttons. I was so in love with them.· Rachel Antonoff [Official Site]
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