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The 38 Essential New York Stores, January 2012

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If it's January, it must be time to update the Racked 38, our list of the city's definitive shopping experiences. We know it's impossible to sum up the city's retail scene in just 38 stores, but this is our rough guide—a round-up of the places beloved by industry types and civilians alike, worth browsing whether you're a tourist or a New York City lifer.

Because it's all about the mix, we tried to include a range of neighborhoods, price points, and merchandise, leaving out food stores and anything that's been open less than six months. This time around, we've also done a bit of an overhaul, clearing out some of the stores that were on there for historical value (sorry, Trash & Vaudeville) or novelty's sake (Muji just doesn't feel that new anymore) and replacing them with places that have been appearing on Racked with increasing frequency lately.

As always, we've taken into account reader input, and as always, we'd love more. State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline—operators are standing by.

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Barneys

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Bergdorf Goodman

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Nepenthes New York

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ABC Carpet

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Fishs Eddy

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Housing Works

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Comme des Garçons

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Diane von Furstenberg

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Moschino

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Aedes de Venustas

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C.O. Bigelow

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The Strand

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Kiehl's

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Partners & Spade

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Patricia Field

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New World Order

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Dolce Vita

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Erica Weiner

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Creatures of Comfort

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Saturdays Surf

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Alexander Wang

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Opening Ceremony

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What Goes Around Comes Around

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Steven Alan Annex

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Gargyle

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In God We Trust

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Beacon's Closet

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Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson

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Dear Fieldbinder

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Epaulet

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Barneys

Apple

Bergdorf Goodman

Nepenthes New York

Uniqlo

ABC Carpet

Fishs Eddy

Housing Works

Comme des Garçons

Diane von Furstenberg

Moschino

Aedes de Venustas