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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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It's been a busy few weeks for The Blonds. They recently launched a Barbie with Mattel, presented their spring 2013 collection at Milk Studios, and at the end of the month, they'll show at Puerto Rico High Fashion Week. Somehow, David Blond, one half of the design duo, still finds the time to peruse the archives at VFILES: a vintage magazine lover's fantasy on Mercer Street.
Every Sunday, Phillipe and I beat the streets of Manhattan looking to find strange and unusual things to either inspire us, or change our surroundings at home. There's one place we know we can always go, and that's VFILES. One of the greatest things they house is the legendary Gallagher Archives, and they currently offer a curated selection of the best fashion and art magazines from the 1920s through the mid 2000s. If you've got 90's fashion on the brain—or any other major fashion spread from the last century—they probably have it.
They also have gifts for the person who has everything, like Maison Martin Margiela "Anonymous" babushka dolls or trompe l'oeil doors. Clothing is a new addition, and they stock capsule collections that aren't available anywhere else—which can be a godsend in any fashion capital.
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· The Blonds New York [Official Site]
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