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There is no denying the whole fashion-goth thing. Once exclusive to shops like Oak and Seven (and worn mainly at parties hosted by shops like Oak and Seven), all that black leather everything—the capes, the studs, the big black boots and those amorphous onesie-sheath things with all the secret hoods and straps and pockets—has been showing up everywhere from Fashion Week to your morning commute. That said, many of the trend's signature looks—and their price tags—are definitely not for everybody. Enter Convent.
Brainchild of Travis Wayne, the tiny Lower East Side shop is sort of a middle ground. It features nearly 30 lesser-known and hard to find international labels, many of which are very gently priced. Leopard-printed tanks by Kill City Conspirators are $36, for example, while Spitfire's plastic glasses with clip on shades are $42. And the aesthetic isn't alienating. Pieces range from mildly goth-inspired to just-short-of-latex-and-white-neck-make-up.
Check almost universally appealing womenswear: A girly bubble-gum pink baby doll dress by Mancandy ($198) would please Betsey Johnson fans, while a tribal print zip-front dress by Dusen Dusen ($180) is edgy-trendy for the the girl who favors Alexander Wang. Both are adorable. On the higher end, a Sally Lapointe t-shirt dress with outrageous (good outrageous) Dynasty shoulders is $398. Accessorize any of the above with either sequined Costume Dept leggings (starting at $81) or hand-painted fish scale leggings by Malu ($90).
Boys should check out some pretty hilarious tees by Vengeful Minds. One, $39, features a sad clown-bear on a Segway. On the gothier end, a black sweatshirt by Costume Dept has a fully fringed hood ($180). Mixed in are basic tees and woven shirts at basic prices by Cheap Monday, as well as Cheap Monday's denim ($85) and additional jeans by Kill City Conspirators ($80).
The mostly unisex accessories might be the most fun. Highlights include printed Dusen Dusen backpacks ($90) and Dark Matter's geometric pendants and chains ($59), plus olive green leather banker's envelopes, acid-printed handbags, and a bear trap-inspired bracelet. And you can't help but notice A.Morir's super-crazy stud-embellished sunglasses. They win the shop's goth award, and come with some of the least friendly price tags ranging from $210 to $380.
· Safe House on the LES [DailyCandy]
· New Shop Convent Brings Goth Glam To The LES [Refinery29]
· Convent [Official Site]