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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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Aurora James is the creative director and co-founder of a line called Brother Vellies, formerly known as Herbert Schier Shoes. She's conceptualized and executed collaborations with NY-based design duo William Okpo, and most recently, with artist Mickalene Thomas. She's also responsible for the creative direction of the brand's photoshoots, which are shot on location in Namibia. Here, she shows us her favorite store in Bed-Stuy that houses furniture that's both affordable and in good condition.
I really freaked out when I found Panorama Galleries. Anyone not born and raised in New York City knows that there is a serious lack of good (read: affordable) antique and vintage furniture stores to be had. I've definitely found myself in Manhattan paying 900% more for the driftwood coffee table I could have bought in LA for $85.Panorama Galleries is on the strip of Bedford less traveled, BedStuy. The owner is very sweet and constantly restocks the store with new items. As someone with a pretty eclectic home, its good to have somewhere where you can get the necessities (a perfectly worn in leather couch) but also items with a bit more personality (an entirely mirrored office desk, stuffed animal versions of Ron & Nancy Reagan, etc).
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