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Julie: Artisans' Gallery
Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
1, 2, 3 at 72nd St.; 6 at 68th St.-Hunter College; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
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Owner Julie Schafler Dale, author of Art to Wear, cultivates an eclectic mix of high-end womenswear and accessories at her retail-cum-gallery space. The offerings tend to be tactile, colorful, and crafty, and about 200 different designers are on display at a time. Stock rotates constantly, but a core group of artists—Yonkers designer Linda Mendelson, for instance, a loom knitter who creates cardigans incorporating poetry—has been with the gallery for decades. Jean Williams Cacicedo makes coats that could double as wall hangings—each is pieced out of materials like woven-wool mohair, organza, and textured novelty yarn and is titled like a painting. Though it attracts mostly middle-aged and older customers, the shop has unexpectedly contemporary accessories that have been featured in Teen Vogue. English designer Kathryn Marchbank’s metal, Lucite, and wire brooches, depicting break-dance poses, and local artist Louis Velasquez’s brooches made of computer drawings and industrial plastic are among the edgier items.