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These New York City Cult Fashion Favourites Should Be On Your Shopping Hit List

Forget what you've seen in the movies, here's a round up of where the fashion savvy in New York City actually shop

The New York state of mind means making time to shop, despite constantly being in a rush and having to check your emails on the way to the subway. Contrary to popular belief though, not all the best shopping hauls go down in luxury boutiques.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in the Big Apple, cult fashion stores are your best bet (and most definitely adds on tenfold to the city’s charm). And if you’re new to cult fashion, here’s what you’re walking into: A clothing store with killer pieces and an inimitable experience to go along with it.

From vintage luxury to punk costume stores, these 7 cult fashion stores have amassed loyal followings. The next time you’re in New York City make sure to check these out – it’s not one of the four fashion capitals for nothing.

 

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Search & Destroy
Located right in the heart of St Marks, Search & Destroy is surrounded strictly by psychic stands and 24 hour tattoo parlours. And it fits right in. It capture’s the essence of the Lower East Side during what some would say was it’s glory days, before gentrification. You’ll spot it by the band of kids chilling on the stairs who look like they came straight from a Sex Pistols concert in 1978. The fluorescent haired kids who have safety pins in their plaid pants are there for the same reason as everyone else – to get avant garde pieces that no one else has for a fast fashion price. Also, because the interior looks like an American Horror Story museum.   Beware: Save the conversation for later and concentrate on the shopping. Your friends will find it hard to hear you over the alternative screamo music they blast. Round Two
Once under the radar and now a household name, Round Two is a must visit for all you street-wear junkies. If you don’t want to wait in the Supreme line that goes around two blocks during it’s weekly Thursday drop, this is a great alternative. Devoted sneakerheads will find all the rarest items from past drops – and not for inflated prices. If you can’t afford to wait in front of your computer to click purchase the second a highly anticipated sneaker collab drops, this is the spot for you.   Gothic Renaissance
Gothic Renaissance is a costume store that people shop at all year round (pro tip: best to avoid during Halloween). The corset section is the crown jewel of the store, some reminiscent of David Bowie’s glam rock era and others, of Marie Antoinette. The corset specialists on standby are there to help find the one that serves your fabric fever dreams. If that isn’t enough, they also have a glow in the dark room for all the neon steals we seem to be loving this season.   Patron Of The New
Patron Of The New is the best place to get your wishlist checked off. Always sporting fresh off the runway pieces from all our favorite high end streetwear brands like Enfants Riches Deprimes, Amiri and Off White, we can most definitely see why it has a cult following. The men’s and women’s sections are both extensive, and both pop prince Justin Bieber and pop princess Ariana Grande seem to agree. If you’re a fan of Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton, this is also the place for you. It’s a little pricey so if you can’t shop, we guarantee window shopping will be just as thrilling. What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around is NYC’s ultimate luxury couture thrift spot. Their buying team travels all over the world in search of the rarest and most newsworthy pieces of limited edition’s past, including Europe’s finest. After you are done shopping here, you’ll look like somebody who gets put on a moodboard. For an extensive vintage Chanel collection, this is your spot too. Luckily, you no longer have to catch a 20 hour flight to get the best of Galliano’s Dior or Gianni’s Versace. What Goes Around Comes Around now has an online store and it ships to Singapore. Popular Jewelry
Popular Jewelry is the defining cult hot-spot for downtown Manhattan’s fashion and skater kids – as well as every rapper that has had a billboard hit in the past 20 years. Chinatown is filled with rows of jewelry stores that look just like this one, with a beaten down sign and a station that mends broken jewelry clasps.  Cappadonna from the Wu-Tang Clan was the first rapper to walk in here for some custom bling. Word of mouth can do a lot and the rest is history. The walls are plastered with home printed photos of everyone from Travis Scott to Macklemore rocking their rose gold grills. ASAP Rocky even filmed his “Fukk Sleep” music video in the store, and the owner Eva has been renamed ASAP Eva for all the time ASAP mob spends shopping in her store. Kith (Brooklyn store)
Kith is pretty well known, especially after Complex dedicated an entire series of youtube videos to various A-Listers shopping at the store and talking about their favorite finds. While it has always been talked about for it sneakers, it’s now the talk of the town because of its Versace collab. We recommend the store in Brooklyn (purely to avoid the Soho lines). Plus the Brooklyn outlet is where you’ll find Kith Treats, a trendy and photogenic cereal and ice-cream bar. It’s especially divine on a hot day. After all, carrying all those shopping bags around definitely gets tiring.