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  1. Made in BreuckelenConsumed and approved!
  2. Woolworth’s This Isn’tAfter trying the gallerista thing for a few years after college, now-26-year-old Claire Distenfeld realized her true calling was retail. But her […]
  3. Art Within ReachThe Affordable Art Fair showcases contemporary art from more than 75 galleries in the relatively accessible price range.
  4. best bets
    Best Bet: Hayseed’s Pop-upA rustic new shop for the urban gardener.
  5. The New Step ClassFresh footwear sources for sky-high heels, luxe men’s loafers, and more.
  6. best bet
    Best Bet: Gallagher’s Paper CollectiblesArchival glossies, books, and illustrations from the 1850s to the 1990s.
  7. Ask a Shop Clerk: Flora ShepelskyDesign by Flora, 243 E. 78th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-510-8805.
  8. Market Sweep: Vendors RisingThe Dekalb Market (138 Willoughby St., at Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn) and Brooklyn Flea (176 Lafayette Ave., at Clermont Ave […]
  9. best bets
    Best Bet: Don Saddles Custom-upholstered bike seats by a Brooklyn furniture-maker and textile designer.
  10. Yoga Mats Go BespokeOne less-than-harmonious aspect of the yoga world’s famously body-blind inclusiveness: Burly, six-foot-tall practitioners are handed the same 68 […]
  11. Your Closet Will Thank ThemSpring’s premature arrival has inspired a feverish desire among clotheshorses to rotate their winter wardrobes early, and a new crop of stores a […]
  12. Best Bet: Desert Essence Coconut DefrizzerA lightweight, sweet-smelling spray that detangles and conditions.
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    Best Bet: SerpentSea MatsA handmade home accent made from 150 feet of nautical rope.
  14. Calling Urban-Design GeeksJohn Locke has launched the Department of Urban Betterment, a pet project that seeks out creative uses for underutilized public space.
  15. How Do You Say ‘Zen’ in Spanish?While Korean-, Japanese-, and Russian-run spots dominate the city’s steam-and-soak circuit, Spanish chain Ancient Bath’s new Tribeca spa Aire—th […]
  16. trend report
    Roopal Patel’s Eleven Must-Have Pieces From the Paris RunwaysMetallic animal-print, Isabel Marant lace, and more highlights from the week.
  17. Critics Disagree on Miu Miu’s Wild Pantsuits“How do you feel about pantsuits? Because they’re de rigeur next season.”
  18. Coolly Coiffed Family AffairCaroline De Sousa & Zak Mascolo
  19. Etsy-Eclectic FêteCarla Schmidt & Mark Silk
  20. on set
    Transplanted Trees, Paper Kingdoms, and Flames: The Best Fashion Week Set DesignThe most impressive set designs from New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks.
  21. other critics
    Critics Love Lanvin’s ‘Suh-weet’ Party Clothes, Horyn Pans Haider Ackermann“He feeds into the worst values and assumptions of the industry, which almost always finds a way to confuse effect for fashion.”
  22. expensive lists
    Roopal Patel’s Top Ten Milan Runway PicksModa Operandi’s fashion director covets Italy’s flocked velvet dresses, metallic heels, and mixed-media clutches.
  23. other critics
    Critics Quibble Over Versace’s Chain Mail Dresses, Praise Prada’s Futuristic Pantsuits“There’s not much call for suspenders in a professional woman’s life, nor for caps and ankle-to-knee leather spats.”
  24. best bets
    Best Bet: Otter WaxAll-natural wax for weatherproofing your spring wardrobe.
  25. A Marriage of AccessoriesErica Bradbury is teaming up with leather-jewelry-makers Cold Picnic to open a permanent store on March 1, A Thousand Picnics.
  26. Roopal Patel’s Ten Most Coveted Pieces From the London ShowsModa Operandi’s fashion director is lusting after a puffy coat and floral-printed pants.
  27. trend report
    Roopal Patel Picks 13 Must-Haves From NY ShowsFrom burgundy leather to the perfect stacked-heel boot, the fashion director predicts fall’s trends.
  28. best of beauty
    Thirty Best Beauty Looks From New York Fashion WeekSculptural updos, polka-dot nails, plum lips, and more from the runway.
  29. other critics
    Critics Praise Proenza Schouler’s Daring Show, Differ on Ralph Lauren“You mean Downton Abbey isn’t Ralph Lauren’s ancestral home?”
  30. other critics
    Kors and Rodriguez Wow Critics While Rodarte Gets Mixed Reviews“They were like liquor to red-carpet candy.”
  31. Nicholas Kirkwood Wishes Celebs Would Hike Up Those Red-Carpet GownsThe sculptural footwear designer is launching his first New York boutique next month.
  32. other critics
    Critics Praise Beckham’s Alluring Body-Con Dresses, Scold Prabal for Pilfering“This is the kind of thing that gives fashion people a reputation as un-deep thinkers.”
  33. best bets
    Best Bet: Holst + Lee JewelryThese standout bracelets and necklaces incorporate colorful wrapped thread and brass beads.
  34. Critics Laud Jason Wu’s ‘Fierce’ Chinese Looks, Squint at Alexander WangPlus: “It was peplums, peplums and more peplums at Peter Som.”
  35. hot shot
    Hot Shot: Polka-Dot Digits at Kate SpadeDotty nails and bright bags.
  36. Reformers for AllSan Francisco–based chain Pilates ProWorks, opening February 15, cuts the price and the elitist feel.
  37. Cactus-Print Frocks and Winged Sneakers at Jeremy Scott’s Pop-upThe designer’s two-week boutique opens today.
  38. Melissa Shoes Opens a Gallerylike Shop in SohoFresh off Gaga’s Workshop, artist Eli Sudbrack created video art and installations for the store.
  39. best bets
    Best Bet: Paris Versus New York, the BookVahram Muratyan matches up two top fashion cities in his new coffee-table tome.
  40. best bets
    Best Bet: Marimekko for ConverseClassic Chucks and Jack Purcells get splashed with five spring-ready prints.
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    Best Bet: Quickliner for Eyes IntenseThese color-saturated sticks have a liquid look, but are less prone to smearing.
  42. buyer's guide
    Yigal Azrouel Embraces Neon and Graphic Prints at the Cut 25 BoutiqueThe Israeli designer opens the first store dedicated to his lower-priced spinoff line.
  43. The Shoes Are Nice, TooAfter earning notoriety as co-creator of Barneys’ trippy Gaga’s Workshop over the holidays, the Brazilian-born, New York–based artist Eli Sudbra […]
  44. Inside Sperry Top-Sider’s Nautical-Inspired StoreYour source for plaid, metallic, patent leather, and leopard-print boat shoes.
  45. Ask a Shop Clerk, Couples Edition: Angela Silva and Emil CorsilloJoinery, 263 S. 1st St., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 347-889-6164. Hickoree’s Hard Goods, 109 S. 6th St., nr. Bedford Ave., second fl., Wil […]
  46. The Permanent Pop-UpIn December, retail consultant Rachel Shechtman made an educated gamble on a 2,000-square-foot temporary shop called A Startup Store Beta that s […]
  47. best bets
    Best Bet: Boscia Detoxifying Black CleanserA glycolic acid face wash that heats up as it cleans.
  48. best bets
    Best Bet: Lisa B SocksThe perfect combination of Italian wool, cashmere, and angora yarns, these socks are an antidote to January drear.
  49. best bets
    Best Bet: Haze Styling PowderThis fine powder adds volume and texture to limp, winter-weary hair.
  50. other critics
    Critics Love Burberry, Pause at Dolce & GabbanaGiorgio Armani and Gucci also received high praise, while Valentino and Prada got mixed reviews.
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