L at Bedford Ave.
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This glitzy, bauble-filled vintage boutique is a showcase for the whims of its French-born owner, C.C. McGurr. The two-story shop is decorated in the style of an 1850s gentleman's club, with scarlet oriental rugs, chandeliers, curvy red couches, and a gold brass bed displaying lingerie and clothing. McGurr scouts much of the apparel on trips to France and Italy, but the selection also reflects her particular fondness for 1980s American flair, with brightly patterned pouffed-sleeve blouses, thigh-grazing cable knit Laura Ashley sweaters, and black leather mini skirts. Like the clothing, the decor is a testament to McGurr's eclectic feminine tastes, with drawings evoking 1950s pinups, a life-size cutout of Marilyn Monroe, and a large pink painting depicting a girl scrawling "I am gorgeous and she is fucking ugly" with lipstick. Although there are some designer names (like a Fendi scarf or Ralph Lauren pumps), the focus here is on accessories from the 50s and 1980s costume-inspired wares incorporating sequins, bold prints, fringe, and snakeskin. The most striking assortment, however, is the rack of frilly, vampy lingerie from the 1950s, which McGurr claims is responsible for snagging more than one customer a husband.