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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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Author Andrea Linett (who also acts as the vp global creative director at Michael Kors) has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years, where she began her career manning the reception desk at Sassy Magazine. Since then, she's been a fashion writer at Harper's Bazaar, co-founded Lucky Magazine in 2000, and served as the first-ever creative director at eBay. With her new book, I Want to Be Her!: How Friends & Strangers Helped Shape My Style, about to hit shelves, Linett fills us in on her go-to spot for vintage frocks and accessories.
There are so many amazing vintage stores in NYC, but it's worth the trek up from the Lower East Side to Joe's little space on West 25th Street in the NY Showplace Antique Center. I can be sure he'll always have whatever I might be in the mood for that day—from beautiful frothy 1940s dresses to badass studio 54-worthy '70s pieces. You also get Joe himself who tells amazing stories about his fun clubbing days, how he got the goods, and the interesting women who used to own them. For some reason I'm always drawn to stuff that belonged to a B-Hollywood actress in the 1930s.
The good news is that starting September 1st, Joe's will be expanding to twice its size. The new space will house a small library of inspiration catering to designers that can be pulled for special requests. And all of the clothes will be organized by time period, starting with pre-1900s and going all the way up to the 1990s for easy shopping. There will also be a wedding dress section, a small men's department and a whole bunch more accessories. I can't wait!
· I Want To Be Her [Amazon]
· Michael Kors [Official Site]
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