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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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Virginia Smith lives in Bushwick and works as an assistant editor at The L Magazine. After graduating from Oberlin, she started her career as a Daily Beast intern, and has since written for Nylon, BlackBook, and Nerve among others. Here, she shows us her favorite spot in Bed-Stuy for vintage shopping.
For a number of reasons—financial, aesthetic, environmental, etc. —I more or less always try to buy thrift or vintage unless I'm looking for bare bones staples. It can be hard, though, especially in New York, to find a middle ground between digging through piles of shirts with cigarette burns and getting charged $80 for a dress that's actually just an Urban Outfitters 'original' or something like that. That said, I've recently become a huge fan of Miss Master's Closet in Bed-Stuy.
It's curated, definitely, but they also have great $20 racks, and things that are a higher price point are always well cared-for—they do repairs on site —and are really great quality. The pieces are organized by color, which I always love, and the owner Jessica really goes above and beyond, labeling each item with information about decade, care instructions, etc. A few weeks ago I bought a kilt there, and she had handmade replacements for the damaged leather fasteners. They also carry some menswear, which is a bit or a rarity (and perfect when I'm out of gift-giving ideas for men, which is often). Coming into their store off of Bedford is also just like stepping into a different, really pleasant universe, so I like any excuse I can find to stop in.
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