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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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Sian-Pierre Regis is the founder of Swagger New York, a street fashion and culture site that was established in Paris in 2009 and brought to NYC in summer 2010. Sian's interviewed everyone from Azealia Banks to Joe Zee, and in his down time provides commentary to Men's Journal as a freelance contributor.
There are two problems with the thrift scene these in New York these days. First, too many of the best pieces have been scooped up from the racks, and second, the remaining jewels are way overpriced. So what to do if you're looking for one unique item that'll either bring together a look, or add a little vintage spunk to a classic outfit? I head to No Relation Vintage in the East Village, where the racks are always stocked (hats, tees, jackets, and quality shoes galore) and the prices are always sexy.
The store, tucked in the middle of First Avenue between 12th and 13th, is well organized between men and women, with the guys getting the lion's share of the must-haves. For fall, the mid-size shop is chock-full of leather moto-jackets and studded bombers and they always seem to have Levi's denim jackets with shearling interiors. They've also got a sweet collection of old school High-Tops and limited edition Nikes that you won't even find on eBay.· No Relation Vintage [Official Site]
· Swagger New York [Official Site]
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