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It must be our birthday because the recently shuttered Marmalade Vintage and Girls Love Shoes have banded together to put their stamp back on the downtown vintage map with a pop-up shop on the corner of Mott and Broome. Old friends and vintage impresarios Hannah Kurland of Marmalade and Zia Ziprin of Girls Love Shoes joined efforts and their archives (we would love to get a look at these ladies' closets, by the way) for this beautifully arranged and carefully curated boutique.
We dropped in this afternoon while Hannah was holding down the fort. Along with archival pieces, the racks also hold real finds from a recent acquisition of serious 80's designer pieces (think Alaia, Rykiel and Miyake) from the recent closet purging of a mysterious unnamed lady of European distinction.
We admired gems like a sexy, fitted, strapless black velvet Guy Laroche dress ($365), a taupe romantic drop-waist Sonia Rykiel frock (for $450 and it looked inspired when Hannah paired it with lace-up ankle boots), a Norma Kamali navy and brown houndstooth fitted blazer ($195), a mint-condition emerald green sleeveless Halston wrap dress ($325), and a soft Issey Miyake Plantation burlap sack-ish jumpsuit ($450).
For those on the lookout for non-designer, but equally fabulous pieces, there are tons. We loved a Grace Jones-esque black leather batwing disco dress ($228), a black leather super-cropped moto jacket ($150), this chunky fox fur sleeveless chubby that would be amazing with jeans or over a gown ($265), and a black sequin flower pattern cropped jacket with fox fur trimmed sleeves ($158). Plus, Hannah promises that there's more in the back, too.
Of course we must discuss the shoes because there is a plethora of footwear: Tall boots, ankle boots, lace-ups, clogs, pumps, sandals, you name it. Generally, lace-up ankle boots are priced starting around $95 going up to around $195 for designer pairs (like a set of Joan and Davids). Tall boots are around $110 and up, although we did find a pair of super cute of nude mid-heel ones with a gecko-shaped snakeskin patches on each boot for $85 and we loved these black suede and leather knee highs for $150. As you can we, we have boots on the brain since it's almost fall. We also admired a pair of Brazilian woven slip-on clogs ($138) and a series of Maude Frizon multi-colored sandals (around $195 each).
The bags are also lots of fun, too. We found a long strap old school Gucci logo pouch ($150) hidden in the racks and almost took home a small Chanel-style brown quilted chain link purse for $45.
The pop-up plans on staying all the way through the holidays, possibly until March. It really depends on the development plans for the building. (Hotel rumors abound, because what else would it be?) We asked Hannah if she had any plans to join the online train. She said she hadn't thought that far ahead, but brick-and-mortar is where her heart is. Lucky for us, or at least until March anyway.
· Vintage's Time is Up, But It's Not Leaving Ludlow [Racked]
· Marmalade Vintage [Official Site]
· Girls Love Shoes [Official Site]