New York's full of hidden gems to lure you into places you'd otherwise ignore, from the strip-club backroom in that pizza parlor, to that immaculate crapper in Barnes & Noble. For a women's boutique harboring a mantique, check out Court. A one-room, lacquered black box natted up w/ lion's mouth door knockers and Victorian-era armchairs, Court's a new mostly-womenswear boutique that also sports a small but awesome array of new and vintage man-gear -- like a chick flick with 40% of the reeltime devoted to explosions. The action starts with a range of vintage deadstock (decades-old LL Bean plaid shirts, leather jackets), plus affordable, just-launched men's lines, from ClothLogic's double-breasted knit sweaters, to rugged jeans from Bklyn-based Lips, to painter's hats and large-font graphic tees from Off Bowery (notables: the touristy-ironic "Lower East F*cking Side" and the completely earnest "Where have all the crackheads gone?"). Rounding things out are vintage shades (Oakleys, Carreras, etc) and ridiculously low-priced comfortable burlap kicks from China called Zig Zags, popularly referred to in Cali as "Winos" (what wino doesn't walk in zigzags?). Soon, Court'll debut its own line of men's jeans and leather jackets, a fashionable exterior that'll draw passersby to something they'd otherwise ignore: you.
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