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Albertine (Closed)
13 Christopher St., West Village
We never leave Kyung Lee's tiny, slightly-above-street-level store empty-handed. There's not an overwhelming selection—in fact it's appealingly limited—but if she's on-hand, she'll be able to show you how to wear the simplest dress in 18 different ways. The under-the-radar designers carried here—Seymour, A/Line, A Detacher, Gary Graham—make well-tailored, easy pieces that become instant favorites. The same goes for the small selection of jewelry. Also, Albertine has its own line of long, flowing silk dresses and wrap skirts which you can order in any color—they're great for weddings and special occasions.
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Idlewild Books
170 7th Ave. S., West Village
Novels, travel guides, and history books are all jumbled together and categorized by country and region, rather than by author or subject matter at this travel-centric bookstore: The idea is that a book based in a particular place can be the perfect supplement to your trip. As an example, before heading to Istanbul, they suggest you read Orhan Pamuk's memoir by the same name, to get a real feel for the city. For those prepping for a longer trip or a move, their language classes are a major plus, as they're taught by native speakers. There's also a location in Brooklyn.
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Larsson & Jennings (Closed)
335 Bleecker St., West Village
This contemporary watch brand only launched in 2012, but its Swiss-made timepieces—made with locally sourced leather wristbands from “Anglo-Swedish tanneries” and with hand-finished, premium metals—are already sort of legendary. Their Bleeker Street brick-and-mortar (there’s another on Prince Street in Nolita) constitutes an airy, whitewashed space with a gorgeously minimalist design, a.k.a. typical Scandinavia-chic, where you can try out their unisex collection of built-to-last timepieces.
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Saturday’s Surf
17 Perry St., West Village
With top-notch surf beaches in Rockaway and nearby Jersey, New York is something of a surfer's destination, though you wouldn't think it in the middle of Manhattan. And this brand of casual men's clothing, from t-shirts and shorts to lived in sweatshirts for wearing post-surf, is a kind of destination in itself. Guys come to lust over the surfboards, the photographs by young artists displayed on the walls, and stay for an espresso at the in-house bar. The first location is on Crosby Street.
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