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Edited by on December 12 2011 at 5:40 PM

Inspired by Kate Lanphear lauding the East Village as her shopping stomping grounds, I plucked my bum up off the interwebs and hit the road. I dropped myself off on E. 9th Street and journeyed eastbound and up. What struck my fancy in a few stores in particular were the awesome caliber of faux fur jackets, which usually just strike me as faux pas. In case you don’t have a few thou to spend on a few animals’ worth of jacket, try these real life finds in these fantastic indie boutiques.


A Fur Cheetah:
Faux isn’t cheating if it looks this good. With a giant flapped collar, and silky inner cuffs to squeeze inside your gloves, this jacket is rad, and is only available in real life at the store. @ 441 E. 9th St., NY, NY 10009 Coak & Dagger

Great news! Cloak & Dagger opened their new location in Brooklyn today! It’s at 77B Hoyt St, BK, NY 11201. They’ve got a gorgeous array of young designer, mostly US-made goods. Yeah, it’s real good. See for yourself.

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Story by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.