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Tastemaker: Designer Dries Van Noten's 5 New York City Musts

Known for his eccentric-but-grounded collections and impeccable tailoring, Dries Van Noten is one of menswear's most influential players. In New York this week to celebrate the the opening of his first men's shop-in-shop at Bergdorf Goodman, the soft spoken Belgian sat down with DETAILS to share his five favorite things to do in the Big Apple—plus the one shirt every guy should own this fall.

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1. Abstract Expressionists New York, MoMA
The vast exhibit covers three floors and features iconic works by Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning, David Smith, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.
From Oct. 3, 2010-April 25, 2011; moma.org

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2. The Manhattan Flower District
Van Noten, who has an impressive garden at his home in Antwerp, hits this historic area, on 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue, to get his green-thumb fix.

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3. Strand Book Store
With more than 18 miles of books, you'll find inspiration too.
828 Broadway (at 12th St.); www.strandbooks.com

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4. Brooklyn Flea Market
More than a destination, the Brooklyn Flea has become an epicenter for the artisanal movement. Pick up vintage finds and small-batch eats.
www.brooklynflea.com

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5. A Guided Tour of the United Nations Headquarters
Would you expect anything less from one of fashion's most cerebral designers?
3 UN Plaza, 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave.); visit.un.org/wcm/content

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Bonus: Contrast Sleeve Shirt
A fresh take on a menswear staple, this contrast sleeve shirt from Van Noten's fall collection is versatile enough to wear to any of the aforementioned places.


by Courtney Colavita

Photo courtesy of (from top): Moma, Strand Books, Brooklyn Flea, United Nations Headquarters, Dries van Noten
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