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Opening Ceremony

The essential New York clothing store

Simon Doonan and Tracy Reese weigh in.

By Allison Williams

Erin Wylie and Lisa Freedman, Seek editors:
"Opening Ceremony is stocked with emerging designers from a rotating cast of countries. Owner-designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon scour the globe and bring back their favorite pieces, and up-and-comers share space with well-known creators like Chlo Sevigny."

Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York (warning: he's biased!):
"I'm Barneys head to toe—you're going to find the funkiest, the freakiest and the chicest at Barneys, and the window displays aren't chopped liver either. I hate to give props to other stores, 'cause I'm intensely loyal to Barneys, but j'adore Gucci. Jonathan [Adler] and I have Gucci wedding rings. When we bought them, the lady kissed them and put them on our fingers, so we were actually married at Gucci. Then on the total indie front, I'm loving Grahame Fowler, this incredibly hip, gorgeous microstore next to the fire station on 10th Street. He has the best shirts, and he's an English dude with a great mod sensibility—and I'm still stuck in 1966, so I relate. That's the year England won the World Cup."

Eric Archibald, stylist on MTV's Styl'd:
"First place I go? [Maison Martin] Margiela. I like how unique it is, how organic it is. It's not logo-driven. It's about the person, it stands on its own. New York is about individuality."

Tracy Reese, designer:
Who needs clothes when you've got books? "For me, the essential New York store is the Strand. When I first started my business and barely had two quarters to rub together, I could still go there and buy something. It's helped inspire my designs."


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