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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.
Image via Aurora Lopez Mejia
A graduate of Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London, stylist Emily Barnes has worked with magazines like Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Russia, Vanity Fair, and more. She's a style consultant and a great shopper, which is why she turned us onto her favorite jewelry spot in Greenwich Village. Note: It operates on a 'by appointment only' basis.
Aurora Lopez Mejia and I first met through a mutual friend whilst I was working as a Costume Stylist for the Rolling Stones's "Bigger Bang" tour. Aurora radiates beauty inside and out. She is the real deal, as the term goes.
Aurora's space is divided into a talevera, a gallery, and her jewelry collection. The talavera is the home of found treasures, textiles, jewelry and photography. The gallery is comprised of talismans that reflect her experiences and convictions. Everything here evokes history, a time where everything had meaning and integrity. The jewelry room houses her personal collections of gold and silver hand-stamped rings, cuffs, necklaces, and fine gem jewelry.
Aurora has been working for 20 years and has built up an impressive clientele, all drawn to her symbolic, empowering statement pieces as opposed to artifice. Each piece reflects the wearer's sensibilities and thoughtfulness, while at the same time taps into her devout respect for and interest in the ancient civilizations who originally wore talismans as agents of power and change.· Aurora Lopez Mejia [Official Site]
· Emily Barnes [Official Site]
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