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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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Oh how we love the antics of the ladies occupying this season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City. Besides being one of the official 'housewives', season newcomer Heather Thomson also has a line of shapewear called Yummie Tummie, which encapsulates everything from leggings to camisoles to slips and intimates. But when she needs to find that perfect gift for her castmates, she checks out this spot in Fort Greene that houses a mix of designer and costume baubles.
I love Estate Jewels by George & Raf, which is an amazing vintage jewelry shop in Brooklyn. It was opened by George Yzquierdo and Rafael Medrano, and I find the most unique pieces there. George previously worked at Sotheby's so he has such an amazing eye for antique jewels. It has an eclectic mix of designer and costume pieces—everything from Dior to YSL to Karl Lagerfeld. It's my go-to shop for birthday gifts for the girls, and of course I always like to pick up something for myself.
· Estate Jewels | by George & Raf [Official Site]
· Yummie by Heather Thomson [Official Site]
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