Only Ralph could lasso a store this perfect—a weatherbeaten barn set off a road Inside, new plaid shirts wrestle with old boots and other collectible odes to a bygone America. And it's become the spot in SoCal for far-out leather goods: bags, wallets, and Native American necklaces, mostly made in the workshop out back. This Garment District outpost, by the same guys behind hipster workwear label Engineered Garments, is so edgy it hurts. The staff look ripped from the pages of Japanese fashion rags, and the racks are full of stuff that's about 10 percent more out-there than what you're used to pulling off—but you'll still be inspired to try.
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Start spreading the news: NYC is still one of the gayest destinations in the world! The iconic Stonewall Riots, which kicked off the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement with a brick or two in happened here, and today the neighboring boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens also boast thriving queer residents, businesses, and nightlife. There are multiple LGBTQ festivals, events, and marches all across the boroughs every year, most famously the annual NYC Pride, which takes place in Manhattan on the last weekend in June and encompasses a day-long march on Sunday followed by the evening Dance on the Pier fundraiser, which has featured performances by gay icons including Madonna, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, and Cher. Celebrating its 29th year in , Queens Pride is the NY metropolitan area's second-largest Pride celebration with approximately 40, spectators, according to their website. Later in the summer, the five-day Black Pride Festival sees about 10, visitors from around the globe attend its events. Expanded in , with 30, items in its permanent collection, the space hosts six major exhibitions per year plus events and an annual Gala.
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But with the temporary store set to shut down next month, its owners are hoping a fundraising campaign will give the bookstore the initial boost it needs to make the Lower East Side its longtime home. Newton, along with his partner in "business, life and love" Donnie Jochum, dreamed up the idea for the bookstore upon realizing 18 months ago that the borough's only shops serving the gay community had closed, including the Oscar Wilde Bookshop in and A Different Light in Bent Pages on Staten Island , which sells used and out-of-print gay literature, is the only other store in New York City, the owners noted.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. In the fast-paced New York retail scene, it can be hard to remain hot for long, given the speed of trends and how fast brands and styles fall out of favor, it's no surprise that the stores that carry all the gear the kids are lusting after keep changing. Consistency is one thing, but when it comes to fashion, relevancy is the name of the game. That's why we took a look at some of the smaller boutiques and gauged their spot on the style spectrum. After all, not everything that was awesome last year is as talked about right now.