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Where Designer Matthew Zink Finds '70s Vintage in Chelsea

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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Matthew Zink launched his line of swimwear, called Charlie by Matthew Zink, with one mission in mind: to pay tribute to the elegance and decadence of the 1970s. Before launching his line, he worked with power players like Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati, and Carolina Herrera, before landing at Victoria's Secret as the design director for their swim and shoe brands. He digs through the archives at The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, an event that takes place only twice a year at Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion.

My hidden gem in NYC is obscure because it only happens twice a year and is the single most influential resource for me and many other designers living in the city. It's the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and it's held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. While admission is $20 and open to the public, it really is amazing. It is such an incredible array of amazing vendors and stores that gather bi-annually for a feast of quality and well-curated collection of vintage treasures. My personal goodies purchased at the show include MANY pairs of vintage sunglasses, 1970s and '80s YSL scarves, a signed Joanne Cooper 18K gold coin bracelet, and a pair of '80s Kenneth Jay Lane gold orchid earrings.
· Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show [Official Site]
· Charlie by Matthew Zink [Official Site]
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The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

125 West 18th Street New York NY 10011