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Best Designer Deadstock

  • Graymarket

    242 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 3rd St., Ste. 7, Williamsburg; 718-384-4984

    Founders Wei Du and Alex Kasavin collect artisanal drop-crotch pants the way Rachel Zoe collects Birkin bags. Their six-plus racks of men’s, women’s, and unisex deadstock, culled from collector friends and indie boutiques as far away as Japan and Australia, include both renowned and obscure avant-garde designers. A Rick Owens crushed-velvet tuxedo blazer ($850) and Givenchy gladiator wedges ($650) commingle with an inky zip hoodie ($275) by Lost & Found (Du and Kasavin will tell you its washed color comes from cold-dye treatment) and $1,700 Carol Christian Poell leather trainers (a single piece of latex-covered kangaroo leather, to be precise). The icing on the subversive cake: Everything is new with tags and discounted up to 60 percent.

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine