Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It’s Vintage, Dahling. The Best Vintage Shops in NYC

By: Daniela DiStefano

Walk through any Manhattan borough and you’ll spot hip men and women sporting some lust-worthy outfit choices.

Embroidered sweaters, worn leather messenger bags and beautifully handcrafted accessories will catch your eye at any street corner or café table.

You can shop your way through some of the best-known department stores and boutiques in the city, but you might never come close to finding such treasures. So what’s their secret? Vintage.

The city is filled with some of the best collections of clothing, jewellery and shoes from high-end classic designer pieces, to cheap-and-cheerful one of a kind buys that will become a cherished part of your closet. Start your education off right, and you’ll be navigating your way around the vintage shopping wonderland that is New York City like a pro.

Tip: Try on every piece you wish to buy and inspect thoroughly. Look for stains, torn seams, and moth holes that might be too difficult or costly to repair. Once you bring home your purchases, make sure you enlist a trusted dry cleaner to keep your piece looking great for years to come.

Upper East Side: A Second Chance 
When a Manhattan socialite unloads her Park Avenue penthouse closet you’ll find her cast-offs here. Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel are just a few of the selections of luxury items at this resale boutique. Prices for designer bags, accessories, dresses and jackets ranging from last season to last decade are a fraction of retail, but still expect to pay more than the average vintage store. 
1109 Lexington Avenue 
SoHo Location: 155 Prince Street

Brooklyn: Beacon’s Closet 
Welcome to pre-worn paradise. This is a favourite for fashion industry insiders and style savvy Brooklyn dwellers. Beacon’s Closet is a massive warehouse-style shop packed to the rafters with original vintage, designer and mainstream pieces. It’s definitely one of those places where you’ll need to exercise your patience and enjoy scanning through countless racks and shelves to find the gems. Look out for everything from vintage Diane von Furstenberg to last year’s H&M. 
Williamsburg store: 88 North 11th Street
Park Slope store: 92 5th Avenue

SoHo: What Goes Around Comes Around
You’ve probably heard the saying, “everything comes back in style.” If you (or your mother) kept all your wears from the last 20 or so years you’d be in luck, but if not you can always count on the enormous collection from What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) to find trends from times passed. They’re best known for their extensive stock of vintage rock concert tees, denim and cowboy boots, but if for no other reason, pay a visit to see the lust-worthy cases full of Chanel accessories. 
351 West Broadway between Broome and Grand St

Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto writer, editor and blogger. Follow her on Twitter!/ddeestefano and her blog

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