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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.
Image via 9th St. Haberdashery/Tumblr
When Lauren Powell first started working at Lululemon, she was designing a little bit of everything, including hot yoga, running, and miscellaneous gym gear. However, over the past few seasons she's transitioned into solely designing women's yoga clothing. When she's not immersed in the world of athletic apparel, she likes to shop at 9th St. Haberdashery, an East Village vintage shop not too far from her apartment.
This little gem of a vintage shop opened a few months ago and it's a welcome addition to one of my favorite shopping streets in the East Village. 9th St. Haberdashery feels like your grandfather's attic?every nook is filled with treasures, from 1920s swimsuits and bathing shoes to a surgeon's kit from the 1950s to a bottle of hand numbered absinthe made in Harlem during prohibition. Not to mention the cutest little rack of children's vintage Levi's 501s, tees, and sweaters.
The vintage underpinnings and lingerie are pristine, and the selection of coats from the early 1900s is truly inspiring. The most hidden of the treasures in this boutique is the tattoo artist in the back. It's definitely become my favorite place to go for design inspiration (and it just so happens to be a few blocks from my apartment?lucky me)!
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