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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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Christopher Peregrin is Ralph Lauren's Director of Operations of Home Collection Design, meaning he manages the internal ins-and-outs of the design studio, design teams, and special projects departments. He's also a native New Yorker, which, as we all know, is a rare breed. He partners with RL's merchandising, finance, and marketing teams to manage and maintain budgets for those unique projects, but at the end of the day, he loves to browse those under-the-radar New York shops for items that fit seamlessly into his home. Here, he tells us why this Williamsburg shop caught both his eye and his wallet.
Strawser & Smith is one of those rare shops that is able to seamlessly marry antique and vintage items with a clean, modern sensibility. It's easy for a shop to feel like it's sort of collapsed into romantic notions of some bygone, industrial era, making the space feel precious or cheesy, but these folks have nailed it. Words like 'authentic' get thrown around all-too-often, but it's the most apt description of their collection. Much of the furniture and lighting they offer has been restored without being destroyed, or 'updated' in anyway so the purity remains.
As well, they have a very cool selection of vintage objects. I personally love old maps, Atlases, and surveys which they always seem to have on hand. They have a variety of handblown glass pieces which, while not necessarily my thing, are also incredible. It's nice to comb old flea markets, unearthing treasures and the like, but it's also nice to go someplace on occasion where some of that foot work has been done for you. It's a great place to go if you're looking for some new pieces to layer into your home, or just simply have a walkthrough for some inspiration."
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