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

Dries Van Noten is in New York this week to celebrate the opening of his first men's shop-in-shop at Bergdorf Goodman, and the soft-spoken Belgian shared his five favorite activities in the Big Apple.

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

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

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