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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 of 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.
Image via New York Vintage
As the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Gilt Groupe, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is surrounded by every fashion brand under the sun. From covering womenswear to menswear to accessories and undergarments, she's spearheaded a new way of shopping online that doesn't necessarily break the bank (necessarily being the operative word here). When Wilson wants to get her hands on something from fashion's archives, she heads over to Chelsea's New York Vintage, where everyone from Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama have popped in to get their ass-less pants and dainty pearls...respectively.
I was recently introduced to a treasure of a store called New York Vintage on West 25th Street. I met with Shannon Hoey, the lovely owner, who not only has a background in styling—largely for celebrities and tastemakers—but also truly has an encyclopedic memory for all things fashion. The store houses an impressive collection of important vintage fashion spanning over one hundred years. On my last visit there, I was personally drawn to some amazing vintage dresses from Courrèges, Valentino and Pucci, as well as, accessories from Chanel.
New York Vintage caters to a fashion insider crowd consisting of top stylists, a host of Hollywood celebrities, and film, television and theatrical productions, and offers something unique for a red carpet event. What I think is also worth noting is that New York Vintage also provides inspiration to some of today's most prestigious designers in fashion who want to find archival pieces that are noteworthy in the history of fashion.
If you read the store's website, you can see that they have amazing press featuring celebs in NYV pieces—from Michelle Obama at the 2010 Christmas in Washington Concert to Daphne Guinness for a tribute to Alexander McQueen photo shoot to Gwyneth Paltrow hosting Saturday Night Live to Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Music Awards. They also did the costuming for Boardwalk Empire and the list goes on.
I wish I had known about this store sooner! I have been missing out all this time. Now consider yourself 'in the know'.
· New York Vintage [Official Site]
· All Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Coverage [Racked NY]